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How to arrive Mongolia

 Major carriers are:

  • Air China (flight CA)- From USA, East Asia, Australia & New Zealand to Seoul, Europe.
  • Turkish Airline - From Europe, South Africa.
  • MIAT-Mongolian Airline (flight OM)- From Europe via Berlin
  • Aeroflot ( flight SU)- From Europe
  • Korean Air (flight KE) 

Useful links:
MIAT – Mongolian Airlines: http://www.miat.com
Turkish Airline: www.turkishairlines.com, https://www.aeroflot.ru/
Air China: http://www.airchina.mn/en/index.html
Korean Air: http://www.koreanair.com/
Mongolian, Russian and Chinese trains arrive Ulaanbaatar from Ulaanbaatar, Beijing , Moscow as well as Irkutsk, Russia.
Railway Mongolia : http://www.ubtz.mn/#EN

About Visa

Generally, all visitors to Mongolia are required to get a visa. However, because of bilateral agreements made with some countries, this is not always the case.
Mongolian Embassies and Consulates abroad have the rights to issue Mongolian visas to foreign citizens. For all types of visa application, you will need:
– your international valid passport
– a completed application form
– one passport – size photograph
– invitation letter /arrangements with a Mongolian tour operator/
Usual duration of tourist “J” type visa will be 30 days. Entrance visa will be valid within 3 months since the day of its issuance.
It is available to obtain your visa at your arrival in the Chinggis Khaan international airport and at the border passes of Zamiyn – Uud (from China) and Altanbulag (from Russia). But, if you do so, you need to have previous arrangements with Mongolian tour operator.
For more information please contact us or nearest diplomatic or consular mission of Mongolia.

Useful links:
Ministry of Foreign affairs Trade, Mongolia: http://www.mfat.gov.mn/en.html
Mongolia Immigration Agency: http://www.immigration.gov.mn/?vlang=mn 
Consular service of Mongolia: http://www.consuls.net

Best time to visit Mongolia is May 15- Sep 15.
Mongolia has a relatively cool climate with short, mild summers and long severe winters lasting from November through April. Average temperatures are as follows:
Early May to Mid May: 35-65 degrees Fahrenheit
Late May to Early August: 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit
Mid August to Early September: 45-75 degrees Fahrenheit
Mid-September to Early October: 30-70 degrees Fahrenheit

What are gers?
Gers are traditional dome-like felt tents made by latticed wood walls covered by felt and canvas and supported by poles. This is the traditional home of the herdsmen who must move with their animals and therefore need an easily transportable dwelling that will withstand harsh winters. Ger camps offer an authentic experience of Mongolian culture and provide the unique opportunity to visit areas which otherwise lack visitor accommodations.

Mongolian meals at ger camps:
Staying true to Mongolian traditional cuisine – meals are typically meat based and include noodles, rice and/or breads. Most meals are likely to include potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers or tomatoes. Fruit may be available but is typically canned. Breakfast usually includes eggs, sausages, toast, tea and instant tea/coffee. Lunch is the main meal of the day and includes salad, a bowl of soup and meat with rice and potatoes. Dinner usually consists of a salad and meat with rice or noodles and vegetables.

Meal requirements
We serve with pleasure for the clients with special dietary needs, such as vegetarian or low-fat diets. However food choices may not be as plentiful or flavorful as you are used to. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.

Available bottled water during the tour
Bottled and boiled water is available in all places you will visit as part of our tour. We provide 0.5 liter x 3 bottled water daily.

Accommodation in a traditional Ger tourist camp
Cozy, quaint and homelike, the gers consist of single/ twin comfortable mattresses on elevated wooden frames. Clean sheets, pillows and blankets are provided. The gers are heated by wood stoves with a chimney through a hole in the center of the roof.
We provide ger camps for twin shared basis and available triple basis.

Bathrooms at ger camps
The most Ger tourist camps offer western style shower and toilet facilities in their central building. Some ger camps  have deluxe gers with attached private bathrooms.

Hot shower at ger camps
Most comfortable ger tourist camps provide hot shower during tourism season  from May 15-Sep15, however some ger camps may have  hot water only at certain times during the day. So your Mongolian guide will help you know when to expect hot water so you can plan when to shower.

Electricity at ger camps
Although there is electricity available at ger camps, it is often turned off during the daylight hours and during the middle of the night in order to conserve energy. Please be sure to bring a flashlight for those occasions when electricity is turned off and you need a light source.

Internet data and phone
Largest mobile operator companies are Unitel and Mobicom.  Available buy monthly internet data with phone number on your arrival Mongolia.
Usefull links: www.e-unitel.mn , www.mobicom.mn

ATM’s throughout the country
ATM machines are not widely available in remote areas. Your best option would be to withdraw cash in Ulaanbaatar and capital towns of provinces prior to commencement of your tour. If you plan on using an ATM facility, please contact your bank prior to arrival to ensure there are no international restrictions.

Exchange currency
US Dollars are accepted in most places along with Mongolian currency, the togrog. However it is better to have togrogs in remote areas.  Mongolian currency can be readily obtained from hotels as well as major banks. It is advisable to carry the majority of your money in cash, preferably large and smaller denominations (tens, twenties and fifties). You should also bring a selection of ones and fives ($20 in ones and $50 in fives) for purchasing small souvenirs. Please ensure that all bills are relatively new and in good condition. Old, faded or ripped bills will not be accepted, nor will fifties and hundreds that are not the new issue.

Restrooms/bathrooms facilities during daily excursion in the countryside
During many of your daily excursions in the countryside there will not be any bathroom facilities available. Bring small packs of tissue or towelettes for any “wilderness rest stops”. We ask that you carry your used tissues in a personal ziplock bag that can be disposed of at the ger camp or the capital city.

Internal flight luggage limit
Domestic airlines in Mongolia have luggage limitations of 10 kg check in bags and  for 5 kg carry on.(Excess luggage is cheap 1,25 USD per kilo). It’s better to plan to carry on small duffel bag for the excursions in the countryside and a backpack. You can leave your luggage at the hotel.

Clothing and shoes for Mongolia
Since temperatures in Mongolia can vary widely during the day, it is best to carry casual clothing that can be layered. Dress is informal and jeans or similar attire is appropriate. For those traveling to the mountain regions, particularly in spring and autumn, warm hats and gloves are recommended as well as a jacket appropriate for cold and windy conditions. You should bring a waterproof jacket or other rain gear such as a poncho or an umbrella. A broad brimmed hat is useful for sun protection. Proper footwear is essential; be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Rubber Beach sandals will prove useful when using the bath and toilets at the ger camps. You may also wish to bring something that can be used as a cover-up while using centralized facilities.
Due to International airlines imposing baggage weight restrictions, we suggest you plan your wardrobe around items that can serve several purposes.

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