What to see in northern Mongolia?

In Northern Mongolia, specifically around Khuvsgul Lake and while visiting the reindeer herders in the region, you can look forward to a range of captivating experiences and sights.

Khuvsgul Lake, known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia,” stands as one of the largest and deepest freshwater lakes in Central Asia. Surrounded by lush forests and pristine mountains, the lake offers breathtaking natural scenery. Visitors can enjoy activities such as boating, kayaking, swimming, and exploring the area through hiking and trekking.

When interacting with the indigenous Tsaatan people, also known as the Dukha or reindeer herders, you will gain insights into their traditional way of life. Witness the unique bond between the herders and their reindeer, who play a central role in their livelihood and culture. The Taiga forest where the reindeer herders reside is a picturesque setting, offering stunning natural landscapes.

Encounter nomadic families in the region to learn about their customs, traditions, and daily routines. Participate in traditional activities, stay in a traditional yurt (ger), and experience authentic nomadic hospitality. Explore the Darkhad Valley, known for its lush forests, meandering rivers, and diverse wildlife, providing opportunities for eco-friendly activities.

Visiting Khatgal Village near Khuvsgul Lake allows for interactions with the locals, experiencing rural Mongolian life, and exploring local markets for handmade crafts and traditional souvenirs. Your visit to Northern Mongolia promises a blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and unforgettable encounters with the reindeer herders and local communities. Capture these moments through photography to treasure the memories of this exceptional journey.

Northern Mongolia tour itinerary

Day – 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
  • Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and our team will meet you up at the airport and drive directly to your hotel. After few hours you will meet your guide again and do city tour in Ulaanbaatar. Visit Zaisan hill where you will have the best view of Ulaanbaatar city. Visit Gandan monastery and local museum.

Day – 2

Take a flight to Murun town
  • Flight to Murun in Khuvsgul Province – Take a flight to Murun, the gateway to Northern Mongolia. – Upon arrival, transfer to your accommodation and relax.

Day – 3

Drive to Ulaan uul village
  • Visit the picturesque Ulaan Uul Village and immerse yourself in the local culture. Enjoy interactions with the locals and perhaps try some traditional Mongolian dishes.

Day – 4

Journey to Tsagaan Nuur Village
  • Travel to Tsagaan Nuur Village, a charming village surrounded by stunning landscapes. Take in the beauty of the area and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Day – 5

Explore Darkhad Khotgor
  • Explore Darkhad Khotgor, known for its unique geography and nomadic way of life. Engage with the community and gain insights into their daily routines.

Day – 6

Visit reindeer herders
  • Visit Reindeer Herders – Embark on a journey to meet the reindeer herders in the remote regions of Northern Mongolia. – Spend the day with the herders, learning about their way of life and their relationship with the reindeer. – Participate in traditional activities and enjoy a unique cultural exchange.

Day – 7

Take a back way
  • Explore Taiga Forest – Venture into the stunning Taiga forest, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. – Learn about the local ecosystem and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Day – 8

Visit tsagaan nuur village
  • Visit Tsagaan Nuur Village – Travel to Tsagaan Nuur Village, a charming community near the shores of a beautiful lake. – Experience the hospitality of the locals and immerse yourself in the rural Mongolian lifestyle.

Day – 9

Visit khatgal, Khuvsgul lake
  • Travel to Khatgal Village, located near the pristine Khuvsgol Lake. Enjoy the serene beauty of the lake and surrounding wilderness.

Day – 10

Flight to Ulaanbaatar
  • Return to Ulaanbaatar – Return to Ulaanbaatar by flight from Murun. – Spend your last evening in Mongolia enjoying a farewell dinner and reflecting on your experiences.

Day – 11

Chinggis Khan’s statue
  • At the morning head to Tsonjin Boldog where we will visit massif Chinggis Khan’s statue. This is not just a statue it is complex that towering on its 40meters. You can visit inside where small museum about 13th century in Mongolia. You can try Mongolian traditional clothing, see huge boot and following steps be on the top of horse head. Same day drive back to Ulaanbaatar and on your way visit open market Naran Tuul, etc. Later you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day – 12

Drive to the international airport
  • Drive to Chinggiss khan international airport where you can depart from Mongolia.


If you will visit in winter location of reindeer herders are much closer to the villages. In the summer this tour needs 2 days more. You can do this tour any time of the year. Most recommended time is summer.

Travel tips for northern Mongolia:

For a trip to northern Mongolia, especially if you’re planning a tour that involves exploring the natural beauty and unique culture of the region, there are a few essential preparations you should keep in mind:

  1. Clothing: Pack warm clothing as northern Mongolia can get quite cold, even in the summer months. Make sure to bring thermals, insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and sturdy boots for outdoor activities.
  2. Health and Safety: Remember to pack any necessary medications, first aid kit, and travel insurance. It’s also a good idea to check if you need any vaccinations before your trip.
  3. Travel documents: Ensure that you have your passport, visa (if required), travel itinerary, and any necessary permits for specific activities or regions in Mongolia.
  4. Currency: Have some local currency (Mongolian Tugrik) on hand for smaller purchases as credit cards may not be widely accepted in remote areas.
  5. Communication: It’s recommended to have a local SIM card or a device with international roaming capabilities for emergency calls and internet access.
  6. Guided Tour: Consider joining a guided tour for exploring northern Mongolia as it can provide you with local insights, help with transportation, and ensure your safety in the remote regions.

Regarding transportation, flights to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, are available from major cities like Seoul, Beijing, and Moscow. From there, you can arrange for ground transportation to northern Mongolia, either by bus, private car hire, or domestic flights if available.

Accommodation options in northern Mongolia range from guesthouses and ger camps to hotels in larger towns. Depending on your preferences and budget, you can choose the type of accommodation that suits you best.

As for activities, some popular ones in northern Mongolia include visiting the stunning Terelj National Park, experiencing nomadic culture by staying in a traditional ger camp, hiking, horse riding, and exploring the Khuvsgul Lake, known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia.”

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Weather conditions in northern Mongolia

Northern Mongolia experiences a continental climate with distinct seasons, and the weather can vary significantly throughout the year. Here is an overview of the weather conditions in northern Mongolia throughout the year:

  1. Winter (December to February): Winters in northern Mongolia are extremely cold, with temperatures often dropping well below freezing. Snowfall is common, and the region can be covered in a thick blanket of snow. The temperatures can reach as low as -30°C (-22°F) or even lower, so be prepared for severe cold if you plan to visit during this time.
  2. Spring (March to May): Spring in northern Mongolia sees a gradual increase in temperatures as the snow begins to melt. However, it can still be quite cold, especially in the early months. March and April can be wet with occasional snowfall, but by May, the weather starts to warm up, and nature comes back to life with blossoming flowers and greenery.
  3. Summer (June to August): Summers in northern Mongolia are relatively short but pleasant. The temperatures can range from mild to warm, with July being the warmest month. Daytime temperatures can reach around 20-25°C (68-77°F), making it a popular time for outdoor activities and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the region.
  4. Autumn (September to November): Autumn in northern Mongolia is a beautiful time with colorful foliage and clear skies. The temperatures start to drop again towards the end of the season, and by November, winter sets in with cold and sometimes snowy conditions.

Keep in mind that weather conditions in Mongolia can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather patterns, especially if you’re traveling to remote areas where services may be limited.

When planning your trip to northern Mongolia, consider the season that aligns with your preferences for activities and weather. If you have specific dates in mind or activities you’d like to experience, I can help you plan your itinerary accordingly to make the most of your trip.

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