Best time to visit Mongolia – Planning a trip to Mongolia in 2019? Perfect, now it is time to think of when. Mongolia is a known for its cold and continental weather that often fear tourists visiting Mongolia in winter and spring. Nonetheless, there are special opportunities to experience snowy winter and unique winter festivals such as winter ice festival & camel racing.
So, is the rest of the year considered as best time to visit Mongolia? YES, but keep in mind that Mongolia has four natural zones where the weather applies differently so here is the list of pleasant weather months together with destinations (where to visit in Mongolia) and weather assumptions.
May – A Month To Enjoy The Cool Breeze
Flourishing month when the first flower appears and the sun gets close day by day. Visiting southern region as Gobi desert is doable because the average day temperature is 13℃ and night temperature is 7℃. The Gobi desert weather is dry and the only worst thing is strong wind.
Bring your scarf, sun cream and cap to protect from it. The best thing about May is annual breeding time to see the new born baby animals and to share nomads’ celebration. As for northern and western Mongolia, maybe late May is ideal because most of the tourist camps open their door this time.
June – Summer Is On The Horizon
Another good month that the temperature raises daily but it never reaches hot. Night and morning are chilly as you would need your jacket or extra layer. It is a pleasant weather for most of the regions in Mongolia. Frankly, sunny and warm days.
Bear in mind, the sun ray is strong and might cause headache if not wearing cap. Also don’t forget to bring your sun glass that protects the eyes from larvae of flies. You might meet with summer migration of nomads in search of new pastures for livestock.
July – A Time To Enjoy Festivals
July is mid-summer that everyone recommends to visit. The weather is sunny, quite hot in Gobi (desert), from mid of July rain comes. Not only the weather is enjoyable but also is important time when the National Naadam sport festivalis held all over Mongolia.
You have an unique opportunity to experience local or national sport festival this time. Also, usually locals take their annual leave this time to relax in nature in countryside. Combining a Gobi Desert trip with Lake Khovsgol or Western Mongolia; Altai Tavan Bogd is an great opportunity to experience the different nature with best weather.
August – The Beginning of The End
We say autumn comes right after Naadam national sport festival finishes. This means the sun travels back to the equator and the temperature falls at the slow pace. August is another celebration month for late local Naadam festival or any town’s anniversary, wedding and relatives gathering because it has many special days regarding to the lunar calendar.
Also, there is a chance of seeing migration as nomads move to their fall spot finding shelter for livestock. Locals often take their annual leave this time to relax in nature in the countryside.
Warm or you call it chill days are left to discover Mongolia. Fortunately, southern region has sunny days and warmer nights than northern region. It is suggested to bring warm jacket and thermos trouser that might prevent you from catching cold or running noses. School starts and you can see children in school uniform.
Enjoy taking trips to Southern region for most of the month but early September is ideal to travel to the other regions. The Ulaanbaatar, capital is crowded with many students from countryside and employee back to the job. The traffic will be terrible in rush hours and restaurants are full with workers. The night life will flourish as citizens arrived and not much recommended experiencing it for safety reasons.