Welcome to our Mongolia Travel Blog

Our Mongolia travel blog is written by Jess – the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia.  This is your informal introduction to our Mongolia.  Use our Mongolia travel blog for inspiration. Dip into it to discover more.

The blog is divided into four sections – Experience, See, Learn, Community.Or, if you’re short on time, every week I put one or a few posts … In The Spotlight.

For our in ‘The Spotlight’  this week we have chosen to highlight films and books that promote Mongolian culture, history or geography.  

Some of the experiences available in Mongolia are probably quite surprising. Use our ‘Experience Mongolia’ blog posts for inspiration.

November 2, 2020

Responsible Photography in Mongolia

Responsible Photography In Mongolia Why this post on responsible photography in Mongolia? Because when I was recently biking home through Ulaanbaatar I observed a group of […]
October 8, 2020
Mongolian horseback archery

Mongolian Horseback Archery

Mongolian Horseback Archery Simply put, a horse archer is armed with a bow and arrows and able to shoot while riding from horseback.  In Mongolian culture, […]
September 30, 2020
Landscapes of western Mongolia

Our Virtual Tour Of Western Mongolia

Our Virtual Tour Of Western Mongolia Western Mongolia is a glorious mix. As well as Mongolia’s highest mountains and its largest glacier, the region also has […]
August 11, 2020

Untamed Mongolia – Review by our guest Lynn McCaw

Untamed Mongolia Untamed Mongolia is one of our Mongolia small group experiences. It’s a celebration of the diversity of Mongolia’s ‘eternal’ landscapes where the focus is about […]
August 9, 2020
Tent Camping Mongolia

Explore Wilderness Trails – Trekking In Mongolia

Trekking In Mongolia Mongolia is a trekking mecca – wild landscapes & endless horizons stretch before you in this sparsely populated land without boundaries. But, this […]
July 15, 2020
Trans Mongolian Train Extensions - Local Trans Siberian train

Taking The Trans-Mongolian Train – Your Introduction

Taking The Trans-Mongolian Train – Your Introduction Firstly. remove your watch. A high-speed express train this is not.  What else can you expect when travelling on […]

Mongolians typically divide their country into three main landscapes – the Gobi, Tal and Khangai (desert, steppe and mountain) but for our ‘Place To See In Mongolia’ posts we divide the country into five geographical sections (Gobi, Central Heartland, western Mongolia, northern Mongolia, eastern Mongolia) plus the capital city Ulaanbaatar.

August 18, 2020
Amarbayasgalant Monastery - Selenge Province, Mongolia

Focus on Amarbayasgalant Monastery Mongolia

Focus on Amarbayasgalant Monastery Mongolia According to Mongolia’s recent 2020 Population and Housing Census, 59.4 percent of Mongolia’s population aged 15 years and over are religious. […]
June 22, 2020
Stupa at Khamariin Khiid Monastery

Khamariin Khiid Monastery

Khamariin Khiid Monastery In a country with a rich Buddhist heritage, why should you visit Khamariin Khiid Monastery? Well, first you have to understand who Danzan […]
June 7, 2019

Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia’s Capital City

Ulaanbaatar  – Mongolia’s Capital City Ulaanbaatar (UB) is a city I call home. It often divides visitors into two strong categories of love or hate…two opposing corners […]
September 17, 2018

Khentii Province – Eastern Mongolia

Khentii Province – Eastern Mongolia If you’re looking for solitude then Khentii Province in eastern Mongolia should come towards the top of your list. Due to the […]
August 22, 2018
Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs - also known as Bayanzag - in the southern Gobi Desert

Mongolia’s Flaming Cliffs – Bayanzag

Mongolia’s Flaming Cliffs – Bayanzag Mongolia’s Flaming Cliffs are located deep in the southern Gobi Desert (Omnogobi Province) and form part of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan […]
August 14, 2018
A close up of the Genghis Khan Statue, Mongolia

Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue – Mongolia

Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue – Mongolia Why this post about the  Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue? Because some of our guests ask about how authentic the experience […]

Mongolia is the 18th largest country in the world and with a population of only just over 3 million, it is one of the least densely populated.  Our ‘Learn About Mongolia’ blog posts will help introduce you to a country that has the world’s fifth-largest desert (the Gobi),  a breeding population of snow leopards, Kazakh eagle hunters and a very modern capital city where Prius cars dominate.

May 28, 2021
A lot of the traditions of Mongolia were made illegal during the Communist era. Even though since independence in the early 1990’s Mongolia has had to forge and reforge its identity, a lot of the banned older customs and social rules have returned and still remain an inherent part of 21st Century Mongolian life. However, some are so integrated into everyday life that it can be hard for visitors to tell that they exist. One tradition that most travellers come across and that remains at the core of rural life in Mongolia is ‘khoorog’ – the passing and receiving of the snuff bottle. Passing a snuff bottle is seen as a formal occasion. If given, always try to remember to accept it with your right hand and with an open palm. You may take a pinch of snuff or just sniff the bottle’s top. Before passing the bottle to another person, you should offer it back to its owner. Do not replace the cap firmly before passing the bottle back – simply leave it resting on top of the bottle, with the snuff blade inside. This great image was taken by our guest Egon Filter on our Untamed Mongolia – one of our Mongolian small group adventures.

Gift Ideas For When Travelling In Mongolia

Gift Ideas For When Travelling In Mongolia Local Mongolians will not expect anything in return for their hospitality. However, it is perfectly appropriate to offer gifts […]
May 10, 2021
Traditional Mongolian barbecue

Traditional Mongolian Barbecue

Traditional Mongolian Barbecue Firstly, accept no restaurant imitations when it comes to the traditional Mongolian barbecue. Known as khorkhog, Mongolia’s traditional barbecue is a Mongolian favourite […]
May 10, 2021
Delicious fresh and local produce at a fruit and vegetable market in Bulgan Aimag, northern Mongolia

Being Vegetarian In Mongolia

Being Vegetarian In Mongolia Mongolia’s traditional cuisine is simple yet tasty. Simple base materials are processed with a surprising variety of methods and combined with vegetables […]
January 17, 2021
Book Cover - Hearing Birds Fly

Mongolia Must-Reads: Hearing Birds Fly by Louisa Waugh

Mongolia Must-Reads: Hearing Birds Fly: A Nomadic Year in Mongolia by Louisa Waugh Ever wondered about the realities of daily life in rural Mongolia? The travelogue […]
May 17, 2020
Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj - Mongolian Poet

Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj

Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj If you’re not Mongolian, then you (probably) will not have heard of Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj. Born in 1906, Natsagdorj was a Mongolian poet and writer. […]
May 16, 2020
Spend time in Mongolia and you will notice that a majority of families own a dog. Very rarely are they fashionable, small, pedigree dogs as traditionally the dogs role was to alert it’s owners to the arrival of strangers arriving from the wide-open steppe, herding the livestock when families moved to new pasture and guarding against the threat of wolves. Did you know that in Mongolia, dogs traditionally are the only animal given their own name? It is a sign of honour and part of a belief that dogs are the last stage before humans in the reincarnation process. When a dog dies, the owner whispers in the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. They are buried high in the hills so that people do not walk on their remains. Their tail is cut off and put beneath the head, and a piece of meat or fat is cut off and placed in the dog’s mouth to sustain its soul for its journey; before the dog is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high open steppe for as long as it would like.

Mongolian Dogs – Life On The Steppe

Mongolian Dogs Pick up a guide book to Mongolia and glance at the culture section. You’ll probably find that gers are (obviously) mentioned as are the […]

‘Our Community in Mongolia’ blog posts introduce you not only to the EL team but to the people we work with countrywide. We focus on creating local community partnerships that offer long-term support and that also allow us to showcase the diversity of skills and knowledge of Mongolian’s in the 21st Century.

September 17, 2019
Deer stones - experience them as part of our archaeological Mongolia day tour

Mongolia Day Tour – Spend a day with an archaeologist

Mongolia Day Tour – Spend a day with an archaeologist  The land of Mongolia only offers a hint at the flow of history, people and the […]
July 29, 2019
Batmonkh - master bow and arrow maker, Mongolia

Mongolia Day Trips – Archery Workshop

Mongolia Day Trips – Archery Workshop One day? What can you hope to experience on just one Mongolia day trip – a country the size of […]
July 7, 2019
During a yak cart trek in Mongolia

Yak Cart Trek Mongolia

Yak Cart Trek Mongolia A yak cart trek in Mongolia gives you the option to slow right down. It’s also a consideration for those with accessibility […]
April 25, 2019
A Mongolian yak herder battling the winter weather conditions

Mongolian Nomads’ Migration

Mongolian Nomads’ Migration There are approximately 165,000 herding households spread throughout the vastness of  Mongolia – a country the size of western Europe. Between them are […]
April 16, 2019

Well Refurbishment Project – CAMDA NGO – Mongolia

Well Refurbishment Project – CAMDA NGO – Mongolia UPDATE: In 2020, when they were close to celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Trustees of CAMDA made the […]
March 15, 2019
Meet Halmira, Olgii Western Mongolia

Meeting Halmira – Olgii, Western Mongolia

Meeting Halmira – Olgii, Western Mongolia This was a chance encounter … one of the Kazakh eagle hunters we work in long-term local community partnership with […]

From The Archive

December 24, 2017
Winter community events at the Nogoon Nuur Community Project in the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar. Once a quarry. Then a waste dump. Now a thriving space for families and children of the ger districts. The vision of Mongolian philanthropist Ulzii.

A Christmas Message From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Christmas in Mongolia. For the 3.5 percent of Mongolia’s population that is Christian (in the 2010 Census, 64.4 % of Mongolia’s population highlighted they were of some […]
May 27, 2017

The ‘soul’ of Seoul Street, Ulaanbaatar

As I keep on saying, I really like Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia’s capital city. It is a surprising mix of East meets West. Yes, it is polluted […]
May 1, 2017

Photo Essay: The Landscapes Of Mongolia

What’s inspired this post? One of our guests has just returned from a two-day EL experience in the middle Gobi. The following images are his own. The middle […]
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