When to Visit Mongolia – Best Time
Mongolia has been rightly referred to as “The country of Blue Skies for all four seasons”. There are 257 sunny days in a year. You can see clear cloudless skies and experience continental climate weather conditions with chilling, long and dry winters and relatively short, mild and wet summers.
The average summer temperature of Mongolia is 25 degrees Celsius and the winter witness extreme cold when the temperature goes south to – 20 or – 30 degrees Celsius.
If you are planning to visit this country with the most distinguishing landscapes, you need to have the look into the best time to visit Mongolia so that you make the most out of your trip.
As it is rightly said that living in Mongolia is the cheapest while traveling in Mongolia is the most expensive experience owing to various factors, we make sure that you have beforehand information about the safest time of the year, to visit this country.
Keep reading and we assure you that you would be completely acquainted with the Mongolia weather conditions and the timing that supports visiting the country, the most.
The Best Time to Visit the Country
The best season to visit Mongolia is during summer that extends from the middle of June till the last week of August.This is the perfect and safest time to travel to the country as not only the weather supports expedition, but also there are sunny days throughout Mongolia and sufficient rainfall. There is lush and greenery on every destination of your traveling spree.
The months from June to September are very pleasant in Mongolia. Autumn in September is enjoyable weather which brings back color to the country. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. An added advantage of this season is that nomads which are the essence of this country have plenty of dairy products. They can be found busy processing milk and making preparations in advance for approaching winter.
Beautiful countryside locations of Mongolia becomes more picturesque and photography friendly during the autumn season.
Let’s have a quick look at the best time to visit the most renowned tourist destinations in the country:-
- To enjoy Mongolia’s winter season, visit in February.
- Plan a trip to Mongolia in July which is the best time to see the Mongolia Naadam festival.
- In the first week of October, have a golden opportunity to be part of the Golden Eagle Festival in the Altai mountain range in Western Mongolia.
- From June to September, the Gobi desert tour can be best planned. October is a shoulder season for the same.
- If you are planning a trip to northern Mongolia and have selected the Khuvsgul lake tour make sure you choose July to August season. September is a shoulder season.
Prepare Well For Each Season
Mongolia temperature in winter slips sharply and ranges from -14 degrees to -30°. Prepare your trip with extra warm jackets, thick jeans sweaters, hats, gloves, and long johns. December, January, and February make the winter season. If your trip is during this period make sure you are fully equipped with the gears and the accessories.
Spring season in Mongolia lasts for March, April, and May months. As a tourist during this period, you will come across a lot of wind and dust in the air and the temperature ranges from +26 degrees Celsius to +4-degree Celsius. Come prepared with your sunglasses, jackets, and mask to protect your body parts especially eyes and nose.
The summer season in Mongolia is spread across June, July, and August. During this period, temperature ranges from +28 degrees Celsius to +16 degrees Celsius. This has been recommended as the best season to visit the exotic locations of Mongolia that includes snow-capped mountains, archaeological sites, trekking destinations, and green steppes. Visit Mongolia but make sure to carry accessories like an umbrella, sunscreen, raincoat, and sunglasses. Pack your summer clothes during this season on your trip to this country.
The month of September witnessed the autumn season which lasts till October and November. The temperature ranges from -20 degrees to + 25 degrees Celsius during this season. September is also considered one of the best months to visit Mongolia. But in case you are planning a trip during October and November make sure to pack your warm clothes.
Things to Do
To be part of unique winter festivals such as the winter ice festival and the camel racing, you need to visit the country during the winter season. Winters offer the bluest skies and the freshest air in the country. The largest cultural festival Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) is held in February. Enjoy the rarest cultural activities and the cuisine delicacies then. Go for winter sports including dogs sledding adventure and have a glimpse of winter horse festival that features a parade of unique and rare horses with horsemen performing traditional singing and dancing. A horse race is also held during this time during the summer season, the best time to visit Mongolia, you can enjoy camping in spectacular landscapes.
July witnesses the largest and the Olympic like the Naadam festival in Ulaanbaatar city. Also, a lot of festivals are organized in each province of Mongolia on different dates throughout the summer that renders an authentic experience to the travelers.
Gobi March, one of the world’s toughest ultra marathons, takes place from the last week of July to the first few days of August. It is also the season’s highlight.
In September to October, the autumn season, you can enjoy snow bustle in the north and explore the Gobi desert, the land of dinosaurs, in your windproof rain jackets and a good pair of waterproof shoes. Enjoy the Golden eagle festival. If you are a nature lover, bird watching tour and the wildlife tour are your things, to leave you mesmerized by the birds and animals residing in their natural habitats in various national parks. Enjoy fishing, horse trekking, and hiking, if you are an adventurous soul.
Spring is the most thrilling festival season in Mongolia. In March, the Gobi hosts 1000 Camel Festival. In northern Mongolia, there is the largest ice festival held on the crystal clear frozen lake, Khuvsgul. There is a Yak Festival and the Golden Eagle Festival held in different parts of the country. Plan a trip to Khustai National Park or Terelj National Park to enjoy the blooming flowers, grassland, and wildlife.
Now that you have an idea about the Mongolian weather and the festivals that are celebrated during that season, plan your trip accordingly.
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