Are you planning on a winter trip on the Trans Siberian / Mongolian train line this winter or next? Most companies will send you off to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for one or two nights and why not, it is glorious.
However, if you’re looking to do something just that little bit different but don’t really know what you’re looking for, this post is for you! Here are three mini-inspirations or short winter tour ideas for Mongolia – short, close to Ulaanbaatar, with a cultural focus or dose of adventure.
To keep it real, all images below have been taken this winter (2017/18) by EL or guests of EL.
Most companies are keen to get you out of Ulaanbaatar. But. Consider a homestay in the city. Ditch the generic bland hotel room and instead swap it for real life. True, in Mongolia that might mean a mattress on the floor and an outside toilet rather than a memory foam mattress and an en-suite bathroom. However, this is real everyday life and you get to be part of that.
As part of the experience, spend the day exploring the city from a local’s perspective with a resident of the city. We keep the itinerary fluid depending on the weather but in essence it encompasses locations and activities of a typical UB citizen such as visiting Gandan – Mongolia’s most important monastery to ice skating with the local kids.
Day In The Life Of
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. You choose one of the destinations we work in close to Ulaanbaatar. Although close to the capital, within the winter landscapes you will feel as if you are deep into the middle of nowhere. The feeling of isolation can be hard to achieve these days but these trips get you exactly that.
Be a real dogsled musher for 2 days! Learn how to set up the sled, drive it, and care for the dogs on an epic short break.
Lunchtimes will be spent by a campfire on the ice and evenings at the home of Mongolian herders who live alongside the chosen route.
However you choose to explore Mongolia on your Trans-Mongolian trip, wrap up warm and enjoy the feeling of tackling the season head on. Winter in Mongolia brings a drama and beauty of its own. Come and embrace it – it invigorates the soul.
For more ideas and inspiration, search the Eternal Landscapes Mongolia website. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes.