Moving Around Mongolia

by Michela
(Roma)

Hi there,

My name is Michela, I’m writing from Rome, Italy.

I was surfing the web looking for advice and information about Mongolia and I found your nice site.

I m planning to visit Mongolia (9-29 July) with a friend and I wonder if you can give me some advice.

I would like to visit Central - Western Mongolia travelling from Ulaan Baatar to Karakorum/ Erdene Zuu; Tovkhon Khiid to Tsetserleg (including the nature reserve of Naiman Nuur, where I would like to try a horse excursion + Tsenker Hot Water Spring); finally to reach Uliastai via Khorgo Terkhlin / Tsagaan Nuur National Park. Finally from Ulistai I would like to visit the Otgon Tenger Uul reserve.

Do you think we can move around and find access to national park, ger accommodation, horse renting by ourselves (using bus or minivan) along the journey?

Or do we need to arrange and organize everything from Ulaan Baatar? If the second is the answer have you got any recommendation about a safe and expert guide?

Many thanks for your precious help!

One more question: where can we find an archery shop in Ulaan???

Grazie thank you bayarlalaa,

Michela





My answer...

Hello Michela,

Sounds like you’re going to have an exciting summer!

Whilst it’s possible to visit those areas by yourself, it’s not really advisable – once you get out of UB (Ulaan Baatar) it’s hit and miss whether you’ll find anyone who can speak English (or Italian), although I see you have picked some Mongolian up already :)

Also without a Mongolian to negotiate for you, you will probably be overcharged, or may find the ger camps are already full!

It would be better to arrange everything in UB. If you stay in a Guest House, they will probably be able to help make the arrangements quite cheaply. But you run the danger of finding the ger camps are already fully booked.

I can put you in touch with a tour operator who can rent you a vehicle and a guide so that you can make all the arrangements in advance, but to do that you will have to contact me via my contact form.

Here’s the website address of the best archery shop in UB: www.mongolianarchery.com.

All the best,
Andy

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