Hi, I'm hoping to be in Mongolia for 3-4 weeks from mid-December 2012 to early-January. I know, its going to be cold, but I do have most of the gear/clothing with me... but what can I expect at this time of the year in Mongolia?
- can you suggest an itinerary, hostels to stay in (using UB as a base) and things to do? Does christmas and new year have any effect on the country and costs and the places that are open?
After my trip to Mongolia I will be heading over to China (Beijing)... can I expect a smooth onward train journey, or with it being Winter should I expect delays?
Look forward to hearing your experiences and suggestions.
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it is the coldest time of the year in Mongolia, specially in the country side. there will be road blocks because of the heavy snows or the ice, so be careful with your travel plans when traveling out of the city.
people celebrate christmas only in the city. don't expect for any price changes, it applies only to those expensive hotels. train is the only transportation which has no delays, only a few minutes delays in some cases at the crossings.
my best advise would be to ask your travel agent to find a nice nomad camp which you can stay for a few days or so... in the winter, there are less work for herders. so there is no point to stay more than a couple of days. mountain hiking is a big event in the winter. it is the wolf hunting season. clubs become even more crowded.
but my best advise would be to come and visit a nomad camp in late march. it is the busiest and the hardest month for nomad camp and families, because of the new born farm animals.