Why a post on embracing low season travel in Mongolia? It’s simple. In essence, we are keen to make tourism less concentrated around peak season in Mongolia (summer) and to help the income of the people we work with – both our immediate Mongolian team and the network of Mongolians we work in long-term local community partnership with – be more evenly distributed.
As a social travel enterprise, we look at the bigger picture rather than just focusing on achieving maximum profit. We never wanted to compete directly with our competitors many of whom just focus on trying and capturing an ever bigger slice of the market. We are comfortable with not trying to be all things to all people. To say this is us. This is what we stand for. This is what we believe in. And, as a business working in tourism, we believe that we should use tourism to help to create positive social change in Mongolia.
Along with mining and agriculture, tourism is one of the main sources of income for the country but with a short peak tourist many Mongolians involved in tourism struggle to make ends meet outside of peak season. Low season in Mongolia is brutally long – from the end of October almost up until the beginning of May. As part of our long-term support, we look at ways in which we can continue to provide support to the families and communities we work with even during this low period and thus created our low season experiences.
We offer experiences that provide what we consider a celebration of Mongolian culture and tradition. We look at what Mongolians do in the low season – either now or as part of their cultural history – or their traditions and festivals. Fewer travellers allows you a more intimate experience and exclusive access into the lives and culture of these places. Yes, it might require a change of attitude or perception on your behalf but low season offers what we consider more ‘real-life‘ experiences – those unexpected moments when you know something special is happening.
Travelling off-peak in Mongolia may seem like a brave prospect but come in the low season and you’ll be doing a good thing. Not only will you be rewarded with cheaper airfares, but you’ll be helping to sustain the local economy and as the sun dips ever lower, the immense Mongolian landscapes seem to stretch further than ever. So that’s why we not only offer low seasons experiences but offer each guest that books a 15% discount as a thank you for supporting us in our philosophy. And for those of you that do travel in the low season, we’ll take care of you – providing our hand made goatskin blankets, Mongolian felt boots and Mongolian deel … as well as a detailed packing list.
For ideas and inspiration, about our low season experiences in Mongolia, look at the Winter Tours Mongolia page of our website. Ideas include our Khovsgol horse sleigh expedition, experiencing Tsagaan Sar – Mongolian Lunar New Year with some of the rural families we work in partnership with or meeting the Kazakh eagle huntresses of western Mongolia.
Alternatively, get in touch for further details. We look forward to welcoming you. Just bring thermals!
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes