Best Time to Visit Mongolia

Mongolia has two distinct seasons: a mild summer and a harsh winter. The best time to visit Mongolia is during the summer months, from late May to early September, when the steppe is lush, temperatures are mild, and the days are long. Our favorite time to explore this epic country, particularly for an extra cultural hit, is mid-July when the annual Naadam Festival is held across the country, with archery, horse riding and wrestling events.

Best time to visit

For those venturing totally off the beaten track to the northern Altai Mountains, the first weekend in October is when the Golden Eagle Festival is held, where Kazakh Eagle Hunters from across the region compete in age-old games, showcasing their incredible falconry skills. Mongolian winters are bitterly cold; Ulaanbaatar is the world’s coldest capital city, so we would advise against traveling throughout the colder months from mid-October to mid-April.

Climate guide for Mongolia

, Mongolia

Average temperatures (Fahrenheit) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
21°F 0mm
Feb
29°F 0mm
Mar
44°F 1mm
Apr
60°F 4mm
May
71°F 9mm
Jun
80°F 10mm
Jul
82°F 8mm
Aug
79°F 5mm
Sep
73°F 8mm
Oct
54°F 4mm
Nov
39°F 1mm
Dec
21°F 0mm
Jan
19°F 0mm
Feb
34°F 0mm
Mar
55°F 1mm
Apr
69°F 2mm
May
80°F 3mm
Jun
84°F 7mm
Jul
83°F 8mm
Aug
82°F 7mm
Sep
76°F 3mm
Oct
60°F 1mm
Nov
47°F 0mm
Dec
21°F 0mm
Jan
19°F 0mm
Feb
34°F 0mm
Mar
55°F 1mm
Apr
69°F 2mm
May
80°F 3mm
Jun
84°F 7mm
Jul
83°F 8mm
Aug
82°F 7mm
Sep
76°F 3mm
Oct
60°F 1mm
Nov
47°F 0mm
Dec
21°F 0mm
Jan
37°F 0mm
Feb
44°F 0mm
Mar
56°F 0mm
Apr
67°F 2mm
May
76°F 3mm
Jun
79°F 4mm
Jul
85°F 4mm
Aug
83°F 4mm
Sep
75°F 2mm
Oct
65°F 0mm
Nov
52°F 0mm
Dec
39°F 0mm
Jan
19°F 0mm
Feb
34°F 0mm
Mar
55°F 1mm
Apr
69°F 2mm
May
80°F 3mm
Jun
84°F 7mm
Jul
83°F 8mm
Aug
82°F 7mm
Sep
76°F 3mm
Oct
60°F 1mm
Nov
47°F 0mm
Dec
21°F 0mm

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