Winter in Mongolia is Cold but Incredibly Beautiful

This Mongolia winter tour takes 5 days to cover the most popular travel destinations and attractions around Ulaanbaatar and central part of Mongolia including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snow covered landscapes and interesting national parks etc.

Relaxing in wild nature and explore the Mongolian nomadic culture, horse riding, camel riding, sightseeing, photographing, visiting nomadic families and feel free driving through the snow-covered wilderness are the main activities of this winter trip.

In Mongolia, winter is the coldest and longest season. But, it’s beautiful with shiny white snow covers. It’s snowing across the country, but not heavy. Winter begins in early November and lasts about 110 days until March. The winter is Average day temperature is -12C to -25C degrees and night temperature is -16C to -30C degrees. The temperature can reach -30C to -40C degrees in some remote areas in northern and western part of Mongolia. Daylight is short. The shortest daylight is 9 hours in winter.
Winter in Mongolia is a remarkable experience – especially as the Mongolians you meet will be very proud to welcome foreign visitors in wintertime. Mongolia’s winters are home to incredible landscapes for those who are prepared.

Tour Information
  • Tour Code: SW5-1
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • When: 1 November - 20 March
  • Start/ End point: Ulaanbaatar
  • Tour Category: Private Tour



Day 1. UB – Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park)

At 10am, we will drive to the Hustai National Park. The park is home of the last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National Park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
After check-in and lunch at Tourist camp, we will take a short drive and hiking to see the horses. There is a great opportunity to take photos for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides of the wild animals you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.
Dinner and overnight at Tourist camp.

Accommodation: Hustai Tourist Camp. Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Total distance:120km, ~3hrs.

Day 2. Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery

After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along the Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Today there is a museum does show off some of the artifacts they’ve recovered so far,
Upon arrival in the village, we will visit the museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can listen to interesting monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kharlhorin.

Accommodation: Ikh Khorum Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, boxed Lunch, Dinner. Total distance: 270km, ~5.5hrs.

Day 3. Bayan Gobi sand dunes & camel trail – Ulaanbaatar

Depart for Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes – surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km.
There, we will visit local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle.
A special national food of Khorkhog for lunch at the nomad family.
The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in the Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much.
Afterwards, return to the city and transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. Total distance: 370km, ~7hrs.

Day 4. UB – Terelj National Park & horse riding

After breakfast, depart for Terelj National Park. It’s one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
We will explore the national park and visit to see Turtle Rock – interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit the Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits on top of the mountain. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park from horse back. Mongolia is the best destination for horse riding trip and especially Terelj national park is the best recommended place for horse trek. After given preliminary instructions, orientation about horse riding, we will discover around nature from horseback for one hour.
Overnight at Resort World Terelj Hotel in the national park.

Accommodation: Resort World Terelj Hotel. Meals: Lunch. Total distance: 80km, driving for ~2.5hrs.

Day 5. Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – 13th century Theme Park – Sky Ski Resort – UB

 Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – 13th century complex – UB
Breakfast, at 9am we will take a drive to visit “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond.
After exploring the statue complex, we will take 1.5hrs drive to 13th century theme park- micro kingdom with separate camps for Guards, Herders, Education, Craftsmen, Shaman and King’s assembly.
• Upon arrival at the entrance, visit Relay-station camp
• Visit and lunch at King Palace and wear Mongolian traditional costumes – it is the main attraction point of the theme park,
• Visit Shaman camp – you can see customs, ritual of worshiping of several kinds of Shaman clan.
Return to the city. On the way, we visit to the Sky Ski Resort. There are optional activities are available to do Ski, sled and snowboard etc. Rent fee is not included in the price! (It is available to visit to this Ski resort between 1 Dec – 10 Mar)
Afterwards, return to the city and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. Total distance: 180km, ~4.5hrs.

Tour Price & Booking

Travelling PartyTour Price: per person (pp)
1 personUS$ 1995 pp
2 personsUS$ 1225 pp
3 personsUS$ 970 pp
4 personsUS$ 905 pp
5 persons & upUS$ 815 pp
Remark: The prices above are based on two persons sharing one room/Ger. If you prefer a single room/Ger on your own, please pay single room supplement. It is no additional charge in case triple share.


Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included in the Price?

  • English speaking tour guide at all times,
  • 4nights accommodations based on twin/triple occupancy;
    – Local hotel in Kharkhorin and Terelj National Park – 2 nights,
    – Tourist camp in Hustai National Park – 1 night.
  •  All meals 13 as specified in the itinerary: 3 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 1 Dinner,
  • All relevant private transfers and transportation + Experienced driver,
    – Overland trip with 4×4 vehicle.
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as described in the itinerary,
  • Camel riding at Bayan Gobi sand dunes ~ 1 hour,
  • Horse riding in Terelj National Park ~ 1 hour,
  • Complementary drink water during the tour,
  • All service charges, local and government Taxes,
  • Visa invitation letter, if required.

What’s Not included in the Price?

  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Ski, sled and snowboard rent fee at the Ski resort.
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tipping and other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance.

Just a Kindly Reminder

  1. A private tour guide and a driver with an air-conditioned car will serve only for you. No other travelers will join in your group.
  2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

Reservation Notes

  • Full payment is required to confirm this trip!
  • A deposit 20% of total cost is required to confirm this trip! Balance must be paid at least 30 days prior to the trip start date.
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  • When your booking is confirmed, you will get a confirmation email, which includes the confirmed detailed itinerary.
  • On the morning of your tour departure date, our tour guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel, holding a sign with your name and our company logo on it.
  • Enjoy your Mongolia Trip with us!

FAQ / Help

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  1. We accept online payment with Master/Visa cards only for deposit to confirm the trip. No additional bank charge for the online payment!
  2. The cash payment is accepted in special cases only.

Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive cancellation request:

  1. No less than 30 days prior to scheduled departure date: 10% of the full payment per person.
  2. 30 to 15 days prior to scheduled departure date: 20% of the full payment per person.
  3. 14 to 7 days prior to scheduled departure date: 50% of the full payment per person.
  4. 6 to 0 days prior to scheduled departure date: 100% of the full payment per person.

We strongly recommend you protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance.
Mongolia Short Tours Agency will not refund any losses due to missing or incorrect information.

The Tourist Camp is a kind of hotel that serves customers with Gers instead of hotel rooms and always located at the best viewing spot. It’s most popular accommodation type for countryside trip in Mongolia that consists of 30-40 Gers (yurt), a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. More information: Tourist Camp

During your trip in Mongolia you will be served mostly with European style meals and sometimes you will have authentic Mongolian meals.
Lunches and dinners consist of 3 – 4 courses (soup or/and salad, main dish, desert) and bottled water.
If you require special meals due to religious, medical limitation and vegetarian food, please inform us so that arrangements can be made in advance.

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