The summer in Mongolia is hot, with temperatures peaking during the months of July and August, which happens to be the time when most foreigners visit. The height of the tourist season, July and August are best avoided, unless you want to pay top prices, that is. The best time to visit Mongolia is in September or October, before the crippling winter sets in, and this time of year sees Mongolia much quieter, yet temperatures are still bearable.
Here are a few of the reasons why you should travel to Mongolia during the months of September or October.
1. The Gobi Desert – This is a must-see venue and in the summer it is unbelievably hot, with temperatures topping 50C, whereas in September and October, the weather is milder and the harsh winter has yet to arrive. Situated in the South of Mongolia, there are wonderful tourist camps in the Gobi Desert where you can experience the life of the local people, who are extremely hardened by life in the desert.
2. The Window of Cool Weather – Mongolia is a country of extremes and in order to avoid the crippling heat of the summer and the bone chilling winter, you should plan to be there either in September, or the first half of October, when there is a window for milder weather. The best way to experience Mongolia is by booking a berth on the Trans-Siberian express, where you can plan a few stop offs in this amazing land called Mongolia.
3. Fewer Tourists – As you might expect, the summer is the time when most people want to visit Mongolia, and prices reflect this. If you want a quieter time, September is the ideal month to plan your visit, as temperatures are cooler and the harsh winter has yet to arrive. Obviously, you will want to spend some time in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar and without the many tourists of the summer months, prices are lower and you will not experience crowds.
4. Watching the Wildlife – If you visit the wilderness areas in the summer months, don’t expect to see too much wildlife, as most animals take shelter from the harsh sun during the hot summer days, preferring to feed at night. In September and early October, however, you will be able to see a diverse selection of birds and animals during the day, including the camels that graze on the scarce patches of grazing land.
5. A Comfortable Climate – The summers are incredibly hot and stuffy and only the locals are at home in the stifling heat, while winters are bitterly cold and only for the very hardy travelers. This leaves a short period of 6-8 weeks at the end of the summer, when the temperatures are much more suitable for touring.
Whatever your preferences, the best way to experience Mongolia is by train and if you book with an established Trans-Siberian Railway tour operator, you can get the most out of your Mongolian holiday experience. An online search will help you to locate such a tour operator and with their help, you can plan the perfect holiday in Mongolia.
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