7 compelling reasons why Mongolia is the most epic place on earth
Mongolia is one for the true adventurers. It offers vast, untouched open space, and an authenticity that most other destinations lack. Picture rugged landscapes, crystal clear lakes, horizons dotted with livestock and the most incredible countryside. Mongolia is home to one of the last surviving nomadic societies, with little changing for centuries upon centuries.
If you are interested in delving into an ancient way of life, going back to basics, and enjoying the wonders that true wilderness offers, then you had better book a trip to Mongolia right now. Here are seven reasons why Mongolia is the most epic place on earth.
1. There’s so much open space to explore
It’s quite hard to find space these days, thanks to the sprawling urban jungles that are spread over the world. But things are a little different in Mongolia. Here you will find an area of 1.567 million sq.km of land full of natural wonders, with the Gobi desert occupying 30 percent of the country’s lands.
The locals pride themselves on the vast open spaces they call home, and savour every breath of the lovely fresh air they are gifted with. Mongolia is one of the least densely populated countries on earth, and it’s very aptly nicknamed ‘the land of the blue sky’.
2. It’s home to a huge collection of dinosaur remains
Calling all dinosaur fans, if you want to visit somewhere where plenty of dinos clearly roamed, then Mongolia is the place to be. 120 million years ago Mongolia’s humid climate was a haven for a variety of animals, including dinosaurs.
Perhaps that’s why the Gobi desert has earned the title of the largest dinosaur fossil reservoir in the world. ‘Over a history of almost 100 years of dinosaur research, more than 80 genera of dinosaurs have been found in the Mongolian Gobi Desert.’ That’s pretty mind blowing.
3. The hospitality is second to none
Over time the locals here have built an incredible bond with travellers. They aren’t worried by tourists, in fact, they take joy from showing people their way of life and how beautiful their backyard is. The people are so friendly and ready to lend a hand should you end up stuck for a place to stay or a little lost in their lands. They enjoy the odd visit from a weary traveller, and may just invite you into their Ger, offer you a seat, and some milk tea.
4. The Naadam festival is a pretty darn awesome
If you really want to get stuck into the Mongolian culture, then you won’t want to miss the famous Naadam festival which takes place in July. There’s a huge celebration at the National Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, but the more authentic contests take place in the smaller villages and towns. During these festivals, the Mongolian people compete in three sports, wrestling, archery and horse-riding, which creates quite a spectacle for anyone lucky enough to witness it.
5. Wild horses roam the lands
Some parts of Mongolia look like a scene from a fairytale, with majestic wild horses roaming the lands. Here you will find the world’s only truly wild horses, who have recently made a comeback. They nearly reached extinction, but have begun to flourish thanks to active management by conservation biologists.
These horses are incredibly sacred and special to the local people, it’s considered taboo to kill them. There’s a saying in Mongolia, “A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings”. The country’s horse population actually outnumbers its human population, so it’s easy to see why horses are such a big part of daily life here. To see it up close go on our Altai and Eagles tour.
6. Legendary warriors were made in Mongolia
It’s a land known for warriors so fierce, they conquered the largest land empire the world has ever seen. They were led by a man who inspires terror, Genghis Khan, an extremely fascinating and fearsome character. He managed to conquer nearly 12 million square miles of territory, more than any person in history.
7. The lifestyle is refreshingly simple
If you want to escape the hectic modern world, head to Mongolia where the people live modest and simple but wonderfully happy lives. They live in tent-like houses called Gers, which is certainly more rough-and-ready than your average bed and breakfast.
The people live off the lands, herd sheep and goats, and get this, as well as horses, they use reindeer to get around. You can literally camp under the milky way in the middle of the wilderness. If this sounds right up your street, book our sustainable Mongolia experience where you will meet and stay with local people and learn all about their culture and way of life.