Put simply, there is nowhere on earth quite like Mongolia. It provides the perfect opportunity to spend time together with family and friends, relax from the hustle and bustle of daily life, get the kids back in nature from all the concrete city living, and be somewhere intrepid yet comfortable, not far from Hong Kong. Here is a handy 1 week itinerary for families looking to visit Mongolia with kids.
Upon arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. As soon as you step out of the airport you will smell the sweet scent of the Mongolian land – intoxicating! After settling in, head off for a relaxed walk around town followed by dinner at a local restaurant, giving you your first taste of Mongolian cuisine.
This morning, fly from Ulaanbaatar to Muron, the capital of Hovsgol province in the north. Transfer to Khatgal then take a boat across the stunning lake to your eco camp on the eastern shore. Arriving in the early afternoon, let the kids roam free as you kick back and soak up the incredible views.
Enjoy a full day beside and around idyllic Khovsgol Lake. There are plenty of wonderful hikes: inland, clifftop, long and short loops, as well as great horse rides where you are likely to see wildlife such as deer, marmots, argali sheep, ibex, sable and moose! You might also like to take a kayak out, lie on the pebbly beach, take a brave dip in the icy waters or turn the heat up in the sauna. You can be as active or relaxed as you like, but don’t forget to enjoy a drink overlooking the sunset across the water!
Head back to Muron for your midday flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, travel to a ger camp not far from the airport for a relaxing afternoon spent out in nature.
After breakfast, head out east to the giant Chinggis Equestrian Monument where you can climb all the way up the horse’s neck for views across the great Khaan’s land. Afterwards, continue to your new home at Jalman Meadows. This stunning valley is normally ablaze with wildflowers in August and you can hop aboard a yak cart and head to the river. Some guests may want to use the camp telescope to spot some of the rare breeds of birds that live in the woods nearby. Your family can also hire mountain bikes, have a wrestling lesson or try your hand at archery.
After a relaxed breakfast, travel back towards the city via the exciting 13th Century Camp. Spend a few hours learning about old Mongolia as you travel back in time and play at being part of Chinggis’s army. Discover what life was like during the Great Khan’s time – there are old-style gers, separate ger encampments depicting life in different periods of Mongolia’s history, demonstrations, warrior performances, music shows and more. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax in the meadows or head back to the city to fit in some souvenir shopping.