Often described as one of the last unexplored landscapes, Mongolia offers an adventurer’s dream. Despite being the 19th largest country in the world, it’s the globe’s most sparsely populated, with its 3 million people actually outnumbered by its horse population. Once the stomping ground of Genghis Khan, this landlocked, East
Asian country offers plenty of history and heritage to explore. Its varied geography means there’s plenty to see too, with travellers keen to take on the Gobi Desert to the south of the country and its cold, mountainous regions in the north and west.
With so much to do and to see, travellers to Mongolia have just one dilemma. Deciding the length of your trip to Mongolia can be a real challenge but as a leading provider of Trans-Siberian railway experiences, we’re here to help you make the right choice. On the Trans-Siberian Express, both long and short stays can be catered for – but which comes out on top?
The long stay
Mongolia offers many natural wonders, most of which are completely free or relatively cheap to explore. Conquering Mongolia as a budget traveller is easy, and as a result, it’s even simpler to extend your trip to stay a little longer. Gorkhi-Terelj
National Park is just one of the natural must-sees most travellers have on their itinerary. Here you can while away the days as Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road describe:
“Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of Mongolia’s premier hiking, trekking and camping destinations and it’s close proximity to the capital (37 km from U.B) means that it’s a popular holiday spot for locals. There is an excellent selection of tourist gers here and at nearly 3,000 km², there’s a lot of space to wander!”
Accommodation, food and drink are also very affordable, meaning there are more reasons to extend the length of your trip to Mongolia. Your budget for travelling Mongolia depends on what you wish to do in the country, although most attractions, including the many must-see Mongolian festivals, are free to enjoy. Taking in all this vast country has to offer requires time above anything else.
The short stay
Those short on time shouldn’t be deterred from booking a trip to Mongolia. Thanks to our Trans-Siberian rail packages you can see the very best of Mongolia, whichever time of year you choose to visit.
Our Golden Eagle package is the most popular for people who don’t have time on their side. This 13-day trip takes you from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar via the legendary Trans-Mongolian Express at the most wonderful time of year.
Naadam is arguably the biggest festival in the Mongolian calendar and with the Golden Eagle package you get to celebrate with the locals and enjoy the sights of Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Uday and Ulaanbaatar.
As a Golden Eagle traveller, you’ll also be able to experience one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Siberia, Lake Baikal. The UNESCO site is the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
As well as being a truly stunning sight to behold, it amazingly holds 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve! You can experience all this and more with a whistle-stop tour of Mongolia. With the Golden Eagle package and other Trans-Mongolian options, short stays really can work.