Mongolia Travel Guide, Gap Year Volunteering and Tours
Mongolia is an off the beaten track destination but you will be rewarding by visiting when you experience the warm hospitality, rich culture and meet friendly local people. One World 365 features inspiring travel ideas where you can arranged of the most amazing experience of your life.
Mongolia Holidays, Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Mongolia.
Mongolia Travel Guide
Find inspiration, information and travel ideas for Mongolia:
- Population: 2,800,000 (approx)
- Capital: Ulaanbaatar (population 1,300,000 approx)
- Currency: Togrog + Tugrik (MNT)
- Area: 1.500 million km2
- Language: Khalkha Mongol + Turkic + Russian
- International Dialing Code +976
Top Reasons to Travel to Mongolia
- Unique landscapes
- See a different cutlure and way of life
- Very cheap country to explore
- See wildlife in their natural habitat
How to Get to Mongolia
Most international tourists arrive via air into the capital city Ulaanbaatar. You can also cross via land and rail.
Best Places to Visit in Mongolia
Mongolia is different to probably anywhere else you have been in the world, you'll get photos to remind you of wonderful memories - this will be the most incredible experience of your life! Here are some places to add to your itinerary:
- Gobi desert
- Khuvsgul lake
- Terelj National Park
- Altai 5 bogd
- Orkhon valley
- Khustai National Park
- Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park
- Tsagaan suwarga
Gap Year in Mongolia
Looking to experience a different culture? Consider taking a gap year to Mongolia! There are lots of unique programs available to book all year round.
View our Asia travel guide.
Book a Tour to Mongolia
Explore the beautiful wilderness of Mongolia on off the beaten track adventure. Tours usually start in Mongolia's capital city - Ulaanbaatar which will be a good introduction to life in this country. From Ulaanbaatar you will travel to some of the most picturesque places in the world across open plains, there will be lots of adventure too you will get to hike a volcanic crater and see spectacular mountain ranges. Other highlights on this trip include seeing the Great White Lake and visiting the remains of Karakorum, which is the city built by Genghis Khan. There will be lots of time to visit museums, palaces and monasteries on this trip where you will get a real feel for the culture of the country.
Mongolia Tours for Solo Travellers
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide.
Mongolia Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours of Mongolia allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, usually all ages are accepted.
- Accommodation: Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location. Some trips include homestays which allow for a facsinating cultural exchange.
- Group Sizes: Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
- Transport: On most Mongolia tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport.
How to Book
Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.
Guide to Volunteering in Mongolia
Have you thought about visiting somewhere a little different? Consider joining a volunteer program in Mongolia. If you want to understand another country and experience a totally different culture and tradition then consider going to volunteer in Mongolia - our projects will benefit both you and local people. You will have the best experience of your life so go ahead and book one of our experiences today. You can volunteer on most projects from a few week to over a year.
Thousands of people every year volunteer in Asia and take part in programs but a lot of people overlook or do not realise that Mongolia could be a potential destination. You can really have a positive impact in Mongolia, “voluntourism” in the country is on the rise and there are lots of unique projects available to join.
Location of Projects
On our website you can search large international sending agencies and local NGO's who offer volunteering placements in places like Ulaanbaatar and more rural areas.
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Types of Volunteer Programs in Mongolia
We have a wide range of projects which you can apply to join anytime - placements are totally flexible.
You can find educational, care and communtiy projects where you can lead education lessons with local people and youngsters. Mongolia welcomes international volunteers and you will need to be energetic and creative on these projects. You could work at an orphanage, at a school or even working with out reach teams helping street children. Working in Mongolia is an amazing experience but please research placements, sometimes Mongolia projects are located in rural and remote areas where there is no electricity or local town for miles.
These are fantastic opportunities to experience the real Mongolia and really help communities, be part of teams doing great work and apply today. Also if you are have particular skills you might want to join a nieche / specific volunteering program for example in the medical / healthcare field.
How to Apply
You can search featured opportunities above. A lot of UK based travel and volunteer organisations provide packages which include flights, placements, accommodation, meals and transportation.