Mongolia Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 44%, Mongolia is the land of Genghis Khan, from which nomadic warriors once pushed westward to conquer much of the known world. It is also a place that - unlike much of the rest of Central Asia - has been a popular destination for many of the world's more intrepid PlanetHoppers! for over a generation. Today, Mongolia has become even more accessible, making a visit here something that harks back to the days of grand adventure that you just don't find very often anymore. Any trip here must include a requisite trip into the vast Gobi Desert on camel back, following the path of the ancient Silk Road. Take a break at Lake Khövsgöl, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Push onto the UNESCO-listed Altai Mountains, where you can trek through pristine alpine meadows surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks in almost total isolation. If you're lucky, you many even spot a rare snow leopard. If you come at the right time of year – and it is highly recommend that you do – you can see the colorful Naadam Festival, which is not only a celebration of Mongolian culture, but their version of the Olympics, with competitions held for wrestling, horse racing, and archery. Celebrated throughout the entire country, it is recommended that you see the largest Nadaam event held in the capital of Ulan Bator. Mongolia isn't the type of place that you visit on a fly-in-fly-out type of holiday. If you're willing to put in the time necessary to explore this vast and remarkable land, you're sure to be one of the chosen few who can honestly say that they've conquered the land of the mighty Khans!
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You are sure to appreciate the spectacle of Naadam, the yearly festival held throughout Mongolia during the midsummer holidays that last for three days but has been held for centuries. Literarily meaning "the three games of men"....
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- Location: Mongolia