Western Mongolia is dominated by the Altai Mountains, which straddle the borders of Mongolia, Russia, China and Kazakhstan, and are home to Mongolia's highest peaks. Elusive snow leopards makes their home in the region's rugged landscapes.
Hentii is a vast land showcasing eastern Mongolia's diverse landscapes: open steppe, rolling mountains, forest. and rivers. Genghis Khan was born, rose to power, lived, and, according to legend, is buried in this natural wonderland.
Hustai National Park
Hustai National Park, just west of Ulaanbaatar, is home to the world’s last wild horses. Przewalski’s horses were formerly extinct from the wild, but were reintroduced to Hustai in the 1990s through an ongoing international conservation effort.
Karakorum, was the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire before being destroyed in the 14th century. Today, it is the site of 16th-century Erdene Zuu, Mongolia's oldest monastery. Karakorum is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, and offers visitors a chance to delve deep into Mongolia's rich history.
Lake Huvsgul is nestled deep in the wilderness of northern Mongolia, surrounded by varied landscapes of forest, steppe and taiga. Deep, turqoise blue waters beckon travelers to relax on the lake and along its shores.
Middle Gobi Desert
The remote Middle Gobi Desert is home to stunning landscapes, from the otherworldly rock formations of Baga Gazryn Chuluu to the the seemingly sculpted sandstone cliffs of Tsagaan Suvarga. Even more off-the-beaten-path than the legendary South Gobi Desert, the Middle Gobi beckons to the most intrepid travelers and explorers.
In central Mongolia, where the steppe meets the rolling foothills of the Hangai Mountains, lies the UNESCO World Heritage Orkhon Valley, the birthplace of pastoral nomadism. This fertile land on the banks of the Orkhon River is rich in both natural beauty and historical and cultural treasures.
South Gobi Desert
Stretching across southern Mongolia, the South Gobi Desert is home to the Gobi's most storied landscapes. The vast Gobi Three Beauties National Park is home to Yolyn Am Canyon and the towering sand dunes of Hongoryn Els. And no visit to the Gobi is complete without stopping at the Flaming Cliffs, renowned for its dinosaur fossils.
Terelj National Park
Terelj National Park, a nature-lover's playground of dramatic rock formations, steppe, forest and rivers, is easily accessible from Ulaanbaatar. The park features numerous ger camps and hotels, as well as a vast area of undeveloped wilderness.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital, is home to almost half of Mongolia's three million citizens. Often referred to simply as "the city," it is Mongolia's political, religious, financial, cultural and industrial center.