Winter Tours Mongolia

Winter tours in Mongolia have a bit of a reputation. Yes, 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. For me, winter is a quintessential Mongolian season.

We don’t ‘close’ for the winter months – we still offer local winter tour Mongolia experiences to the adventurous few who find themselves coming to Mongolia. And, for those travelling at this time of year, we reward you with a 15% discount.

We’ll look after you. For all of our Mongolia winter trips, we provide traditional felt boots, hand-made goat skin blankets and can provide winter deels as well.  You’ll spend most nights in a ger – warming yourself by the stove. The night skies more than make up for the challenge of the temperatures.

Winter in Mongolia is 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. 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.

Our Mongolia winter trips are shared adventures in that you will stay alongside rural families. Enjoy being part of a minority who visit Mongolia in the winter – enjoy slowing-down and seeing and experiencing Mongolia like few other people get to do.  Whether you choose to experience one of the community festivals, live alongside Kazakh eagle hunters or just experience the rural way of life at Gorkhi Terelj. Our winter trips can usually be adapted to fit with the arrival and departure of the Trans-Mongolian/Trans-Siberian. All can be tweaked, adapted, shortened or extended to suit you.

Small Group Winter Experiences

These trips highlight our 2018/2019 winter season. Details of our 2019/2020 winter season are coming soon. Alternatively, send Jess an email!

Tsagaan Sar - Mongolian Lunar New Year - 5 Days - February 3rd

Female members of the Zorgio family at Tsagaan Sar (White Month) - Mongolia's Lunar New Year
Why not consider visiting Mongolia during its Lunar New Year Festival – known as Tsagaan Sar – White Month? It is one of the most important and traditional of celebrations in Mongolia. Travel with us and you’ll experience Tsagaan Sar through the eyes of two of the rural families we work in long-term local community partnership with in the central heartland. This is our own personal insight into local life in Mongolia.

Khovsgol Ice Festival - 9 Days - February 25

tug-a war on frozen lake Khovsgol
The wild landscapes of Khovsgol Nuur National Park form the stunning backdrop to this adventure. Yes, Khovsgol is considered a ‘highlight’ of Mongolia but we’ll show you a more local and hidden side to Khovsgol during this experience that we have researched and designed together with Baasanchuluun a member of the Darkhad ethnic group and head of a young herding family in the rural community of Khatgal.

Eagle Festival - Dog Sledding - Horse Trek - 8 Days - March 1

On top of the world at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Not a generic tourist ger camp in sight.
Three diverse and active experiences form the centrepiece to this itinerary – dog sledding at Gorkhi Terelj National Park, the Ulaanbaatar Eagle Festival and then winter horse trekking at Khustain Nuruu National Park. Although short, this itinerary will provide you with context, a real experience of the country and the people that call it home.

Thousand Camel Festival - Gobi Desert - 9 Days - March 2nd

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The ultimate road trip through Mongolia’s Gobi Desert where you’ll explore, discover and understand the diversity of landscapes that form the Gobi as well as meet some of the people that make their home in this remarkable region. Culminates with the Thousand Camel Festival.

Nauryz Festival - Western Mongolia - 11 Days - March 13

Experience first hand the life of a Kazakh eagle hunter as you spend time living alongside a hunter and his family witnessing and being part of their daily lives. It also combines the traditional festival of Nauryz – the Kazakh celebration of the coming of spring as well as he two-day Nauryz Eagle Festival.

Tailor Made Winter Experiences

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Dog Sledding - Gorkhi Terelj National Park - Flexible lengths

Dog sledding trips in Mongolia is where nature dominates - from the wolf tracks we’ll come across in the snow to the sound of the ice moving on the frozen Tuul and Terelj Rivers. Yes, the word adventure is fashionable and overused in the tourism industry but this really is a true adventure.
Dog sledding in Mongolia’s Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a trip where the power of nature dominates – from the wolf tracks you’ll come across in the snow to the sound of the ice moving on the frozen rivers. Yes, the word adventure is fashionable and overused in the tourism industry but this really is a true adventure – living together with your team of dogs, and staying alongside herding families that make their home in the area. There’s also the freedom, the solitude and the space. LIMITED AVAILABILITY SO PLEASE EMAIL JESS FOR DETAILS.

Winter Horse Trek - Central Heartland - 8 Days

There’s no prescribed routes. Just riding. As it should be. Out on the Mongolian steppe. We’ll provide you with traditional Mongolian clothing to protect you from the cold as you’ explore, discover and trek three of Mongolia’s iconic landscapes on horseback – open steppe, sand dunes and a river valley – being hosted by the rural families we work in long-term local community partnerships with. This is the real Mongolia. PDF itinerary coming soon.

Hunting With Eagles - Western Mongolia - 9 Days

We work closely with a number of Kazakh eagle hunters - Kazakh families we have personally built up relationships with over the past 12 years. We use no agents or tour operators - we work directly with all the families as this leads to a more personal insight for you as our guest.
Amid the arid yet strikingly beautiful landscapes of western Mongolia, the Kazakh eagle hunters have a way of life that has been shaped by history, geography and political change. Out here, all schedules go out of the window. You’re on nomad time, and the daily activities depend on your host family, the eagle hunter, and the weather conditions. Days are spent trekking in the mountains on foot, or heading out on horseback. You’ll witness the eagle hunt, and the close relationship and communication needed between hunter and eagle. But leave your preconceptions behind.

Horse Sleigh Expedition - Khovsgol Nuur National Park - 11 Days

Photo from our recent Mongolia winter tour to Khovsgol Ice Festival
Khovsgol Nuur is known as Dalai Ej – Mother Sea – to Mongolians. It is a spiritual place for Mongolians and in the winter it is frozen. Deeply frozen. It is Khovsgol Nuur that forms the centrepiece to our three day horse sleigh expedition. Horse sleighs are a common form of transport for the Darkhad at Khovsgol in the winter months and it is the the local knowledge of our Darkhad host that guides and leads this trip.

Camel Trek Expedition - Southern Gobi Desert

bactrian camels walking in a the winter landscape of northern Mongolia
A winter camel trek through the Gobi Desert is an adventure true to local traditions. For centuries, up until the 1920’s, the Gobi was traversed by camel trains – typically travelling in the winter months – allowing the camels the summer months to recuperate when grazing is best. This is experiential travel where you’ll be hosted each evening of the trek by local herding families. PDF itinerary coming soon.

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