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.

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.

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Climate guide for Mongolia

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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park 53°F 98mm 56°F 160mm 65°F 33mm 74°F 76mm 80°F 42mm 82°F 199mm 80°F 398mm 80°F 296mm 77°F 362mm 71°F 66mm 66°F 0mm 54°F 74mm
Orkhon Valley and Central Mongolia -1°F 1mm -3°F 0mm 25°F 2mm 39°F 2mm 47°F 28mm 62°F 27mm 65°F 100mm 60°F 39mm 54°F 24mm 31°F 21mm 11°F 6mm 0°F 4mm
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