The 10 Best Things to Do in Mongolia

September 18, 2017 Alice Mieles

Mongolia /mɒŋˈɡoʊliə/ ( listen) (Monggol Ulus in Mongolian; Монгол Улс in Mongolian Cyrillic) is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state. It is sandwiched between China to the south and Russia to the north. Mongolia does not share a border with Kazakhstan, although only 37 kilometres (23 mi) separates them.
Restaurants in Mongolia

1. Yolyn Am

Located in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park near Dalanzadgad, Mongolia, Dalanzadgad, Mongolia
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Yolyn Am

Reviewed By Steve R - Orlando, Florida

We decided to get a horse upon arrival at Yol Valley. The price was $3 for the horse and another $3 for the guide. The. Horseback ride was about 35 minutes there and 35 minutes back.
Upon getting off the horse, we then started waking through this amazing oasis. The stream was flowing all the way to the end of the path. There was no ice/glacier there in July though.
This was one of the best walk/hike I have ever done as the Mountains all around made us feel so small, yet so comfortable. An absolute must while in the Gobi.

2. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Olgiy 83120, Mongolia +976 9942 2017
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5 based on 63 reviews

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Welcome to western Mongolia- the land of gorgeous Altai Mountains and nomadic eagle hunters. Come and enjoy once-a-lifetime experience with us!!!

Reviewed By JosephineSalvador - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stunning landscapes, beautiful Mountains, sky blue lakes, sheep, goats, yaks, cows , horses, and of course eagle hunters riding by. I spent ten days in this park attending a two day eagle festival and staying in local houses and gers. Everyone in this region is friendly and will invite you into their home and offer cheeses and milk tea. The festival was fantastic and very photogenic with camel races, eagles chasing rabbits/foxes, eagle hunters dressed in their finery and happy for you to take a photo.

3. Karakorum (Kharkhorin)

Orthon Valley, Kharkhorin 212920, Mongolia +976 7032 7808
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4 based on 141 reviews

Karakorum (Kharkhorin)

Ancient capital of Mongol Empire established by Genghis Khan in 1220.

Reviewed By meetisv - New Delhi, India

This is a rather long trip into the countryside with some great views, amazing photo opportunities as well as a visit to the monastery with some very nice paintings. You will need to stay overnight and spend the next full day in and around for good exploring

4. Lake Hovsgol National Park

Mongolia
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5 based on 45 reviews

Lake Hovsgol National Park

Reviewed By Carfull

This ancient lake is a highly sought after destination for travelers in Mongolia. The scenery is spectacular, the people friendly. The waters are pristine, especially as you go north of the town of Hatgal. Boat rides and horse trekking are readily available, and there are numerous ger camps for accommodations. We enjoyed our stay.

5. Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park

Khorgo, Mongolia +976 8060 2847
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park

Reviewed By Pahari - Mumbai

This National Park has two natural wonders- Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan ( also known as the Great White Lake) and the extinct Khorgo Volcano.
We visit the volcano first. Much before we get to it, the soil begins to turn black and lava boulders covered with lichen are scattered around. We reach the base and begin to climb up. A short hike through the vegetation takes us to the top from where we can see the vast opening that slopes deep into the earth. One can walk a bit along the rim but one needs to be careful.
The lake is beautiful. It's huge, stretching into the horizon, it's waters taking in the changing colours of the sky. There are small hikes nearby. One can go horse-riding, stroll around or just sit by the shores and gaze at the serene waters.

6. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Rara Avis Travel, J Sambuugiin street, Chingeltei, 5th khoroo, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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4.5 based on 853 reviews

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Reviewed By cazCornwall - Cornwall

We booked a day trip from The State Department shop. Really good service and price. Picked up next morning by our guide and taken to Turtle Rock and a Buddhist temple, all excellent. Then onto lunch with a family of Nomads and horse riding with them and our guide. Brilliant, loved it. Also visited Genghis Khan Statue. Amazing. Had my name written in Mongolian on a card by an amazing scribe who also put my thumb print on it. Only cost about £10 but is unique and will treasure it forever.

7. Erdene Zuu Monastery

Kharkhorin 62090, Mongolia
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Erdene Zuu Monastery

Reviewed By Indiana_Jonesse - San Francisco, California

Erdene Zuu Monastery is about two miles from the ancienty city of Kharakhorum. They old city’s significance has to do with it being the old capital in the early times. Erdene Zuu is a world heritage site and includes the 13th and 14th century capital of Chingis. Monks of the Erdene Zuu had been through a political repression in the 1930s similar as other temples. During this period, most of religious unique arts and complex monasteries have been created for the historical period were destroyed. Since 1940s, some involved state fortifications and temples were rebuilt. Imagine this site in the middle of vast last where the monks were isolated to live their monastic vocation. There are three main temples to the left and the first had the three Buddhas, past, present and future. Though it is far from the city, it is worth the drive. You get to see the real Mongolia and the nomadic life.

8. National History Museum

Juulchin Street-1, Ulaanbaatar 210146, Mongolia +976 7011 0911
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4.5 based on 576 reviews

National History Museum

Reviewed By Peter L

I went there to get to know more about Mongolia. I didn't know a lot about that country. The exhibition is chronological with interesting artifacts. Especially the section about all the different traditional Mongolian clothes is beautiful. Definite recommendation to go there.

9. Kharakhorum Museum

Khushuu Tsaidam Rd, Kharkhorin 62090, Mongolia +976 7032 7811
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Kharakhorum Museum

Reviewed By Geminican - San Jose

It shows you a model of what the old Kharakhorum may look like. This is where Genghis Khan's capital is. There is a section where it shows in chronological order on people who once ruled Mongolia as well as some some archaeological findings.
Budget 1 hour. We bought a Mongolian tourist map from the sourvenir shop, which is an excellent map where you could find the ger camp you stayed as well as the route you once took in Mongolia. Ask your guide to mark the map for you at the end of the tour!

10. Migjid Janraisig Sum

1,5 KM north west of the Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 9904 9965
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Migjid Janraisig Sum

Reviewed By meetisv - New Delhi, India

This is a nice photo opp, an amazing sight and a good way to start the day. Go there at the beginning of your day tour, start it with a prayer. you can also join in the chanting by the monks in the adjacent monastery

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