Mongolia

Mongolia is a vast country of stark beauty, extreme weather and exceedingly warm people, who still revere the legendary Genghis Khan, who conquered much of the known world from his Mongolian base. Mongolia is the size of western Europe with fewer than three million people, and it is the single most sparsely populated nation on earths, but with one of the fastest growing economies. Mongolians have traditionally been nomadic herdsmen — and half the people still are, living in round felt tents called gers that are moved regularly from place to place. There is great contrast between the capital city of Ulaanbaatar with its fancy restaurants and shops, and the rest of the country which holds on firmly to its traditional culture. 

Huge gorges, sweeping planes, rich steppes, crystalline lakes and mountains topped in snow are just some of Mongolia’s many attractions. With communism and Soviet influence now but a memory, democratic Mongolia offers access to its Buddhist past. There are temples such as the Erdene Zuu monastery - the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia - as well as the Bogd Khaan Palace. Various ruins include the famous Karakorum (the ancient capital of Mongolia founded by Genghis Khan), Khitan and Ongiin Khiid. Mongolia’s natural realm will surprise you with its diversity. Fishing, camping and long treks on horseback and camel are but some of the possibilities for the traveler. 

Mongolia is a vast country of stark beauty, extreme weather and exceedingly warm people, who still revere the legendary Genghis Khan, who conquered much of the known world from his Mongolian base. Mongolia is the size of western Europe with fewer than three million people, and it is the single most sparsely populated nation on earths, but with one of the fastest growing economies. Mongolians have traditionally been nomadic herdsmen — and half the people still are, living in round felt tents called gers that are moved regularly from place to place. There is great contrast between the capital city of Ulaanbaatar with its fancy restaurants and shops, and the rest of the country which holds on firmly to its traditional culture. 

Huge gorges, sweeping planes, rich steppes, crystalline lakes and mountains topped in snow are just some of Mongolia’s many attractions. With communism and Soviet influence now but a memory, democratic Mongolia offers access to its Buddhist past. There are temples such as the Erdene Zuu monastery - the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia - as well as the Bogd Khaan Palace. Various ruins include the famous Karakorum (the ancient capital of Mongolia founded by Genghis Khan), Khitan and Ongiin Khiid. Mongolia’s natural realm will surprise you with its diversity. Fishing, camping and long treks on horseback and camel are but some of the possibilities for the traveler. 

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TSATAAN: The last reindeer tribe of Mongolia

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Anna Elisa Sida and Matteo Maimone

Traveling to the Tsataan by motorcycle and by horseback through Mongolia's wilderness.

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Art in Ulaanbaatar: The Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

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Juanita Pienaar

Mongolia's capital may not be known for its art, but the Zanabazar is an eye-opening must-see for any art lovers traveling through Ulaanbataar.

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Taking a Royal Enfield across the Mongolian Steppes

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Tyler Roney

Find out why so many riders are choosing the steppes of Mongolia for their Asia adventure on two wheels.

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Gobi March in Mongolia: Asia’s Toughest Race of the Year

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Tyler Roney

Seven days and 250 kilometers over the Mongolian steppes – the grueling Gobi March is coming to the tracts of Ghengis Khan this summer for a race like never before.

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So You Want to Play Polo in the Mongolian Wilderness

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Tyler Roney

There's a lot one might do on the Mongolian plains, but the Genghis Khan Riding and Adventure Camp offers some truly unique experiences.

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Cutting the Cord: Finding Peace in the Mongolian Altai

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Jay Tindall

Flying over vast, rolling steppe for three and a half hours without seeing anything so much as a village, let alone a city, is a powerful reminder that Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country on the planet.

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