Mongolia Winter Tours
Yes, winter in Mongolia has a bit of a reputation. And you’re right – it is cold, freezing in fact, but the cold is an integral part of what makes Mongolia and its landscapes extraordinary at this time of year. Winter is a quintessential Mongolian season and a remarkable experience – it will show you how good Mongolians are at adaptation and how they work in relation to their changing (and challenging) environment.
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 allow you a more intimate experience and exclusive access into the lives and culture of these places. Low season in Mongolia offers what we consider more ‘real-life‘ experiences – those unexpected moments when you know something special is happening.
What To Expect
Our Mongolia winter tours are shared adventures in that you stay alongside the families we work in long-term local community partnership with which gives you a more personal insight into life in Mongolia. However, it means an adjustment on your behalf. This is not luxury travel. There are no planned or contrived experiences. This is real life.
However, we take care of the small details including providing traditional felt boots, our hand-made sheepskin winter deels as well as our hand-made goat skin blankets. All accommodation has been prepared for winter and our tour vehicles are also adapted for the winter months.
Yes, there will be challenges but only the challenges faced on a daily basis by local Mongolians themselves. The night skies more than makeup for the challenge of the temperatures. And of course, you’ll receive the warmest of hospitality as the local Mongolians you meet will be very proud to welcome foreign visitors that face the challenges of their wintertime.
Why We Promote Low Season Travel
We don’t ‘close’ for the winter months –
Small Group Mongolia Winter Tours 2020/21
Tsagaan Sar Insight - Lunar New Year - Middle Gobi - Central Heartland - 7 Days - February 10th
Khovsgol Ice Festival - 3 Day Horse Sleigh Expedition - 12 Days - February 23rd
Thousand Camel Festival - Gobi Desert - Three Day Camel Trek - Local Homestays - 11 Days - February 28th
Altai and Eagles - Western Mongolia - Kazakh Eagle Hunters - Two-Day Eagle Festival - Nauryz - 11 Days - March 13th
Tailor Made Mongolia Winter Trips
Dog Sledding - Gorkhi Terelj National Park - Flexible lengths
Modern Nomads - Central Heartland - 8 Days
Riding With Eagle Hunters- Western Mongolia - 8 Days
Horse Sleigh Expedition - Khovsgol Nuur National Park - 8 Days
Winter Camel Trek - Southern Gobi Desert - 3 Day Camel Trek - 8 Days
Living With The Tsaatan - Horse Trek - Mongolia's Reindeer Herders - 13 Days
Note on Riding With Eagle Hunters
The Kazakh eagle hunters only hunt in the winter months (early November through to February) as they hunt specifically for the winter coat of the prey of their eagles. We do not arrange contrived experiences where live prey is pre-captured, held and then released on purpose for our guests to be able to photograph the experience. We will never arrange any artificial experiences as they damage the culture, the way of life or wildlife itself.
For those concerned about the welfare of the eagles, the Kazakh eagle hunters have a respectful yet practical approach to their eagles – they have a close connection with their eagles – they are virtually family members although it is sometimes hard for outsiders to recognise this. The eagles are released back into the wild after about ten seasons so that they can breed. Once released, the birds are observed to make sure they successfully reintegrate back into the wild.