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Before you leave | Self Driving Mongolia


Before you leave




Climate

Mongolian climate can be described as extreme continental dominated climate with short warm summers and long, dry and very cold winters. Known as Land of eternal blue sky, the country averages 257 cloudless days a year, and it is usually at the centre of a region of high atmospheric pressure. The average temp in summer is 15°C, in winter -22.3°C.

Mongolian is a windy country especially in spring. When wind blows from north, temperature can drop sharply, when wind stops the wheatear warms up quickly. Even in high summer depending on which region you are in you might need all season clothes. One minute you walk in T shirt and sandals next you might need coat and boots.

 

Food

The Mongolian diet is based on meat, noodles, rise and basic vegetables. Stores in Ulaanbaatar offer the possibilities to shop for a diverse selection of western products. While in Ulaanbaatar, you can eat out in number of restaurants serving Indian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, English, French, German, Russian, Latin American and of course Mongolian cuisines.

While in the countryside you have 3 options to cater yourself: self catering, a cook joining your trip or eating in local facilities. Self catering while on a selfdriving tour is the cheapest option. You’ll buy the base of your meals in Ulaanbaatar. In local markets you can refill basic food products such as meat, potatoes, bread and noodles. We can supply all kitchen equipment.

For those interested in discovering remote regions of Mongolia but not interested in cooking themselves, hiring a cook and having food included in the toue is the right choice. Our cooks will prepare 3 Mongolian/Western meals a day. For larger groups the cook will be assisted by a helping cook. Arrangements can be made for vegetarians and those with special dietary needs with advance notice.

If you drive the major roads, you can sleep and eat in the ger camps. Ger camp provides meals as western cuisine. There are not so many choices of meals in tourist Ger camps’ restaurants due to their remote location. Mostly they only offer one menu set a day. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are available.

 

Packing List

Documents

  • ☑ Passport details – Passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival time.
  • ☑ Visa and Permission
  • ☑ Travel Insurance
  • ☑ International Driving License
  • ☑ Scanned and Signed “Terms and Conditions Form”. This should be sent to us by email.

Personal Equipment

  • ☑ Camera/Charger/Extra memory card– There will be a lot of photo opportunities
  • ☑ Head torch
  • ☑ Day pack – useful during excursion
  • ☑ First aid-kit
  • ☑ Watch/Alarm
  • ☑ Money belt
  • ☑ Reusable bottle water
  • ☑ Waterproof backpack cover
  • ☑ Towels. In Ger camps towels are provided.

Clothes: Mongolian is a windy country especially in spring. When wind blows from north, temperature can dropsharply, when wind stops the wheatear warms up quickly. Even in high summer depending on which region you are in you might need all season clothes. One minute you walk in T shirt and sandals next you might need coat and boots.

  • ☑ Please be prepared for warm and cold weather.
  • ☑ Warm jacket – Typical summer days can reach up to 30°C, but can be 5°C at night in the desert area.
  • ☑ Rain coat – Better to bring water proof jacket for unpredictable weather.
  • ☑ Sun hat – Some people easily get sun stroke. Hat can protect you from strong sunlight.
  • ☑ Walking shoes – Are even more comfortable than boots.
  • ☑ Long trousers
  • ☑ Scarf
  • ☑ Long sleeved shirts or sweater
  • ☑ Sandals/ Flip flops
  • ☑ Gloves

Sanitation/Laundry: Laundry service is widely offered among most of the hotels we work with and some of the Ger camps we stay. Note: Price is different in different areas, it costs depending how many pieces and how big your clothes are.

  • ☑ Sun Block Cream – We have a dry and strong wind in most part of Mongolia.
  • ☑ Insect Repellent – Morning and evenings are time for mosquito and flies. None of those insects are dangerous but it is not good to get bitten.
  • ☑ Hand sanitizer – Some parts of the itinerary has no regular toilets especially in the middle of the Gobi Desert
  • ☑ Lip balm – Dry weather
  • ☑ Soap/Toothpaste – You may buy them in local grocery shops.

 

Flight Information

International flights land in Chingiss Khaan Airport of Ulaanbaatar. There are several major frequent flights such as Beijing to UB, Seoul – UB, Moscow – UB, Bishkek/Istanbul – UB and Tokyo – UB, Moscow -Ulaanbaatar, Berlin – Ulaanbaatar and Frankfurt – Ulaanbaatar. Major air companies are: MIAT, AEROFLOT, TURKSIH AIRLINE, KOREAN AIRLINE, and AIR CHINA.  All the flight are operated due to seasonal schedule.

Airlines to Mongolia: *Mongolian Airlines  *Korean Air  *Turkish Airlines  *Aeroflot  *Air China

 

Train Information

An international train to Mongolia is a Trans-Mongolia railway that starts from Moscow, passes through Mongolia and ends in Beijing. It also runs in reverse direction. It is the longest and most famous railway journey in the world. It will take you about 5 days to cover 7,500 km train journey.