As part of our Responsible Tourism philosophy, we offer low season experiences in Mongolia. We are keen to make tourism less concentrated around peak season here in Mongolia (July) and to help the income of the people we work with be more evenly distributed.
Most importantly, it’s a more sustainable approach.
Along with mining and agriculture, tourism is one of the main sources of income for the country, and with a peak tourist season of barely three months, many Mongolians struggle to make ends meet. Many others involved in tourism – particularly the drivers – have little other work. Huge numbers of drivers are required in July and August, and there is simply not enough work for the rest of the year to keep them all employed.
Also, as the temperature drops, local Mongolians need to buy serious clothing, as well as food and coal, which is expensive. Herders do battle with the weather – including the unique cyclical weather phenomenon called a dzud. Hosting visitors can really ease the stresses of winter, and takes the pressure off earning a year’s worth of money in the short summer season.
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 landscapes seem to stretch further than ever.
And for those of you that do it, we’ll take care of you – providing our hand made goat skin blankets, Mongolian felt boots and Mongolian deel … as well as a detailed packing list. We also offer a 15% discount as a reward for going against the grain!
For ideas and inspiration, about our low season experiences in Mongolia, look at the Winter Tours Mongolia page of our website. Alternatively, get in touch for further details.
We look forward to welcoming you. Just bring thermals!
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes