Mongolia is a fascinating destination for travelers. It is a country with rich nomadic traditions, a strong culture, and an incredibly beautiful natural landscape. That landscape is also a very desolate one, so we want you to be prepared.
Although it’s possible to travel around Mongolia independently, few people do. Vast distances, a sparse population, and limited infrastructure (including roads, accommodation, and services) make it a reality for only the most intrepid of travelers. For the rest of us there are good value small group tours that focus on connecting you with the local people and culture ans well as a safe experience in Mongolia’s countryside. That’s where Unquote comes in with our “Experience Mongolia Trip”.
What to Pack and What to Expect in Mongolia in the Summer
Electricity: The standard voltage is 220 volts/ 50 Hz. Sockets require a two-pin type plug or usage of an adapter in the countryside.
Currency: the official Mongolian currency is the Tughrik. 1 USD = 2,300 Tughrik http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=USD&To=MNT
Weather: Mongolia has a continental climate with hot summers and frigid winters. However, even in summer, the temperatures can become chilly at night, averaging about +8 to +12 degrees Celsius (46 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit) during the night and about +25 to +32 degrees Celsius (77 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit) during the daytime. http://www.bbc.com/weather/2028462
Tipping: Tipping is expected – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local (assistant) guides would range from USD5 – USD10 per day per service staff, depending on the quality and length of the service. Also at the end of the trip if you felt your tour guide did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD20 – USD30 per day, can be used.
1 day bag : preferably comfortable backpack 10-20 L.
1 luggage: soft sided bag would be good. An expanded modular backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size
approximately 80-100 L.
1 tote bag (that can be zipped/locked): in case if you need to leave some of your stuff in Ulaanbaatar or if you don’t have any room left in your luggage, an extra tote bag always helps.
*Please note, domestic fights have free luggage allowance up to 15kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage charge is about USD 2 per kg.
Shirts: it’s all about layering
During the day, it’s best to wear light-weight long sleeve shirts (breathable, preferably) to protect your skin from the strong sun. Do bring t-shirts but it won’t be the best to wear during the day especially when we are out in the sun all day. A brimmed hat is better than a cap. If you don’t have a brimmed hat, bring a handkerchief to wear on your neck. Back of your neck and ears are the vulnerable areas under the sun.
At night, it will get chilly. No need to bring a winter jacket but do bring warm clothes. Fleece or pullover shirts would be useful and comfortable at night. You can also use your other long-sleeve shirts to layer when it gets colder. If you have a windbreaker, that can be your outer layer.
We recommend you to wear light-weight long pants or leggings for horseback riding and hiking under the sun. Do bring tights (leggings) for layering and comfortable pants for the night.
Bring hiking shoes if you have them. If you don’t, bring durable walking/running shoes. Sandals would be useful for traveling in town and in between places. The shower at the gert camp will be outside of the sleeping compartment, so bring flip-flops if you desire.
A wind breaker and light-weight jacket for windy/cold night.
Necessary items to help your travel in Mongolia
Headlamp or flashlight (with spare batteries). A smartphone flashlight is useful but please bring a headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
First-aid kit: if you need a certain medication, please bring extra since we won’t be near a town in the middle of our travels. Always a good idea to bring extra band-aids, pain medication, anti-histamine, etc.
Spare batteries for your electronics: we will have access to electricity every night, but the usage is limited. Some Ger camps have limited electricity provision until 10 pm. The nomad family and community-based ger camp use solar energy, generating 12V.
Moneybelt: Pack and wear your moneybelt! You know we are big advocates.
Cash: you can use an ATM machine to withdraw cash in town but it’s a good idea to bring some US dollars for cash exchange. We won’t be in towns very often. Please bring units printed after 2006, i.e. with the larger face image and clean, no markings or tears, especially for larger denomination bills.
Also, please make sure you have access to at least an additional USD 300 as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster), not that we are expecting any!
What about laundry? Laundry service is offered by the hotel and ger camps at an extra charge.
Our packing recommendation
We are serious about responsible travel
Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We are committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to you, our local tour provider works with local communities, businesses, and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.
Please, always ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch, neither do the locals of the places that we visit.
Active & Adventure Tours Mongolia
Emergency Contact for 24/7 hours
Mrs. Ariuna (operation & quality) cell: + (976) 9905 9466
Mr. Baganaa (overall) cell: + (976) 9909 8467
Mr. Kadr (overall) cell: + (976) 9900 8467
Office working hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-19.00
Tel: + (976) -11-354662, fax/tel: + (976)-11-354663
Location address: Ulaanbaatar, Sukhbaatar district, 7th Khoroo, Erkhuu street, 11th khoroolol, Macro
center Building-7/1, 5th floor, Suite 13.
See more about our tour from the photo gallery