If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind travel destination where you can get away from the busy, stressful, and fast-paced lifestyle found in the cities, then Mongolia should be on the top of your list. A landlocked nation bounded by the Russian Federation to the north and the People’s Republic of China to the south, Mongolia is an exceptional country wherein the nomadic way of life, Tibetan culture, and European influences through Russia combine into one great tradition.
With the diversity of spectacular sceneries, astounding architectural structures, and fun festivities that you can find in Mongolia, spending a day will never be enough for you to appreciate the true beauty of this country. One of the places that you should miss out when traveling to Mongolia is the Gobi Desert. Desert adventures may not be a conventional travel activity for most people, but visiting Gobi Desert is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss in your lifetime.
Check out these five great tips when traveling to the Gobi Desert and make the most out of this exciting vacation.
- Know the best time to visit Gobi Desert.
The best time to visit Gobi Desert is during the summer months or from June to August. It is also the season when most of the festivals in the country take place. Visiting Gobi Desert during the colder months is probably not a good idea, especially during the months of February and March wherein the weather may change abruptly and temperatures can drop to as low as a freezing negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. The temperature can also spike up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer.
- Be prepared for a hike.
Expect to have long hikes across the sandy plains and sloping dunes when visiting the Gobi Desert. With this thing in mind, make sure that you bring the proper clothing and gears appropriate for the abruptly changing weather, as well as snacks, and fluids to help you rehydrate. Condition yourself too even with just walking exercises, days before the trip. Nonetheless, you can still find camels and vans that you can rent to travel in the desert.
- Join a tour group to save more money.
This tip is pretty straightforward. Aside from saving a lot of money from sharing the tour costs, you can also meet and have fun with other people. You may arrange this with your trip organizer and several groups out there will be more than willing to have another person to join them.
- Arrange your trip with a reliable travel agency.
Most of the time, hotels and boarding houses in Mongolia also offer the tour packages to their guests. Mongols are very welcoming and are happy to assist tourists throughout their visit. If you can afford to pay more, you may also contact travel agencies which can arrange your trip to Mongolia complete with airfare, accommodations, insurance, and tours to famous landmarks and the Gobi Desert. Some of the best ones that you can try include STA Travel, Sunpath Tours, and Golden Gobi.
- Get ready to experience the ‘nomadic way of life’.
This should be the best part of your trip to Gobi Desert. Experience living inside the traditional nomadic tents called ‘gers’ or ‘yurts’, have an encounter with the Gobi Desert fauna ranging from camels, gazelles, and hawks, and have a taste of the Mongolian delicacies including ‘kumis’, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare’s milk. As part of the ‘nomadic way of life’, don’t expect to see toilets set up in the middle of the desert. Just bring your own sanitary essentials, toilet papers, and also a flashlight to help you move about in the dark.