BEST TIME TO VISIT MONGOLIA
In Mongolia, there is a glorious yin to each season’s not so glorious yang. Picturesque summer (Jun-Aug) brings lush steppes in bright greens, but also mozzies and mud; spring (Mar-May) is migration season for herders, but brings unpredictable weather and deceptive wind chill, and autumn (Sep-Oct) brings a kaleidoscope of colour, but can be prone to heavy rain. You could be forgiven for thinking that winter is not the best time to go to Mongolia, when temperatures can plummet to -30°C, but for well prepared adventurers this can be a hugely rewarding time as herders stay close to camp and there is not another tourist in sight.
WHEN TO VISIT MONGOLIA & WHEN NOT TO
Winter in Mongolia stretches from November, right the way through December, January and February. It’s also very cold – the lowest temperature recorded was -57°C! That’s not commonplace though; the average winter temperature sits at a positively balmy -40°C. However, off peak travel in Mongolia brings its own rewards.June, July and August are extremely hot in the Gobi desert: very dry air, red-hot sand, not much cover and temperatures that can hit 40°C – not a comfortable combo – head elsewhere.April is exciting, but probably a bit edgy for most; dust storms are frequent, especially in the Gobi where winds can whip up to 140km/hr – very cool if you can handle it.March, April and May means nomadic herders on the move, which is an exceptional sight to behold as men lead their families – and their yaks – from A to B.September and October can be very wet, but if you don’t mind the rain, the landscape is your reward as it’s bursting with colour; the photographs you can get between patches of rain will be some of Mongolia’s absolute best.