Travelling with children in Mongolia

At Nomad's Land, planning a trip to Mongolia with children requires careful consideration to ensure a fun and safe experience for the whole family. Here are some tips to help make a family adventure unforgettable.

Choosing Family-Friendly Destinations

Choosing family-friendly destinations is key. Starting with Ulaanbaatar, the capital, offers essential amenities and cultural sites like the National Museum of Mongolia and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Other great spots include Karakorum, the site of the ancient Mongol capital, and Hustai National Park, where the famous Przewalski's horses can be seen. For the best experience, visit during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is milder and there are fewer travel disruptions compared to the extreme cold of winter.


For accommodations, opt for comfortable and safe lodgings. In Ulaanbaatar, hotels that cater to families offer extra beds, cribs, and child-friendly meals. In the countryside, staying in ger camps (traditional yurts) can be a unique experience. Ensure these camps are reputable and provide clean, comfortable facilities. Homestays or community-based tourism initiatives can also provide a welcoming environment for children, offering a chance to experience local culture firsthand.

Activities for Children

Mongolia offers a wealth of activities that are both fun and educational for children. Top picks include:

  • Visiting national parks like Gorkhi-Terelj and Hustai for easy hikes, wildlife spotting, and horseback riding. Programs can be tailored for younger visitors.
  • Engaging in cultural immersion activities such as traditional Mongolian games, music, and dance performances.
  • Attending festivals like the Naadam Festival in July or the Eagle Festival in the Altai in September, featuring horse races, nomadic hunting, wrestling, and archery.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount when traveling with children. Ensure vaccinations are up to date and carry a basic first-aid kit. Know the location of medical facilities, especially in Ulaanbaatar and major towns. Stick to bottled or purified water and ensure meals are well-cooked to avoid food and water-borne illnesses. Carry snacks for long journeys to keep children comfortable and nourished. Additionally, purchasing comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, cancellations, and other unexpected events is a wise precaution.

Travel Logistics

Travel logistics can greatly impact a trip’s success. Reliable and comfortable transportation is essential. Private vehicles with drivers are often the best option for families, offering flexibility and convenience. For longer distances, domestic flights can save time and reduce travel fatigue. Bring essential gear such as child carriers, portable cribs, and appropriate clothing for the varying weather conditions, as Mongolia's terrain can be rugged.

Cultural Sensitivity and Education

Cultural sensitivity and education play a big role in enriching the family's experience. Teaching children about Mongolian customs and traditions can foster respect and understanding. Simple gestures like learning a few Mongolian phrases can enhance interactions with locals. Encourage children to respect the environment and wildlife, teaching them the importance of sustainable travel practices.

Traveling with children in Mongolia can be an enriching and memorable experience with the right planning and precautions. By choosing family-friendly destinations, ensuring health and safety, and engaging in culturally immersive activities, the family can enjoy the unique landscapes and traditions of Mongolia while creating lasting memories. Let this ecotourism agency help craft the perfect family adventure!

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