As a country, Mongolia is pretty epic. Its rugged landscapes, fascinating history and nomadic culture make Mongolia the perfect adventure destination. But what if we told you that we could make your trip even more epic? As leading providers of the world’s best Trans-Siberian trips, we certainly know a thing or two about enjoying this amazing country in all its glory. Here our team shares their knowledge to reveal the experiences that will make your Mongolia trip a truly unforgettable one.
Horses are a vital part of Mongolian culture. There are many reasons why Mongolians love horses so much. As well as being a vital source of food and drink – the national drink airag comes from horses, but more on that later! – horses hold a special place in history for the Mongolian people.
You’ll rarely find a Mongol without a horse and they are relied on by nomadic locals every single day. With this in mind, horse trekking is an excellent opportunity to show your respect to this prized part of Mongolian culture and see the country in the most magical way.
Airag Drinking Session
The best way to experience the real Mongolia is to chow down on the food and drink that the locals enjoy. There are of course many delicacies that you have to try as a traveller to Mongolia, but you shouldn’t forget to wash these tasty dishes down with a good, traditional drink. Airag is undoubtedly the country’s most famous drink. Enjoying an airag drinking session is the perfect way for locals to relax after a long day’s travelling on horseback, and we encourage you to get in on the action.
Made from fermented mare’s milk, airag doesn’t sound the most appetising tipple but you can’t visit Mongolia without giving it a try. Locals have been drinking airag for at least 5,500 years. Don’t fall into the trap of drinking too much, however. Airag contains four times more alcohol than other local drinks arkhi and shimni.
It may be no surprise to you that Mongolia is a great place to enjoy guided and independent angling. The country boasts a vast range of fishing destinations, with Jargalant, Teshig and Selenge considered the top places to fish for beginners and experienced anglers.
Please note though, it is illegal to fish during the breeding season, which occurs before mid-June. The team at Mongolia Travel Advice recommend September to October as the best time to enjoy fishing in Mongolia to ensure comfort and a good experience:
“From September, things start cooling down and the bugs dissipate. The September weather is still tolerable and more stable than in June, and the fishing gets better. In October, the bugs really start disappearing and the fish get desperate to fatten up before the ice, so that’s probably the best time for fishing.”
Connecting with nature at any time of the year is easy in Mongolia, and many travellers choose to do this by independently hiking across many destinations. Keep in mind that trekking on foot isn’t for the fainthearted. You need a good level of fitness to negotiate the rural landscapes of Mongolia. If you do have the energy, you’ll be rewarded with some otherworldly views.
People looking to see Mongolia at its most rugged should consider a guided horse trek. This is an affordable alternative as well as an amazing experience.
Trans-Mongolian Rail Journey
Seeing Mongolia by train is one of the best ways to travel, particularly if you want to enjoy every aspect of this great country during your stay. Our Trans-Mongolian trips take you through the stunning untouched landscapes that are difficult to explore on foot, as well as into the heart of Mongolia’s towns and cities.
You can discover more about exploring Mongolia by train by contacting our team direct.