We offer a variety of different spiritual tours and retreats in Mongolia.

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FAQ

Do you still have questions about our trips or Mongolia? Check through some frequently asked questions or send us a message.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

HOW TO GET TO MONGOLIA?

The majority of tourists to Mongolia arrive by air through ChinggisKhaan International Airport, located just to the southwest of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. There are several airlines that fly to Mongolia from Russia, Korea, China,  and Japan.

Mongolian Spiritual Tours (Red Phoenix LLC)  is based in Ulaanbaatar, and can advise you about flights.

There are plenty of ways to get to Mongolia and get around once you are here in our country: by air, by train and/or by renting a car.

Remember, you will need to ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival, and you may need an exit visa from the Office of Immigration, Naturalization & Foreign Citizens (INFC).

HOW TO GET MONGOLIAN VISA?

Visa is required for all, except citizens of the following countries. Visas are available from the Mongolian embassy in your country. If there is no Mongolia embassy in your country, one month visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway station. 

  • Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Macao, USA –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months
  • German, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month
  • Philippines – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three weeks
  • Singapore, Hong Kong- no need a visa for a visit not exceeding two weeks
  • People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Thailand, Romania and Chile –who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit
  • Laos, Yugoslavia, Czech, Slovak, Mexico -who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months ·
  • Hungary, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea – who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three month
  • India –needs Mongolian visa without visa fee
  • Cuba –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month Mongolian visas are issued by Mongolian Diplomatic Missions abroad or upon arrival at a special request. The Mongolian Embassies Abroad list

THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN MONGOLIAN VISA:

  1. VALID PASSPORT
  2. ONE PASSPORT SIZED PHOTO
  3. APPLICATION FORM PDF (VISA APPLICATION FORM) (VISA APPLICATION FORM FOR TOURIST)
  4. EITHER AN INVITATION OF THE RECEIVING ENTITY (STATE, GOVERNMENT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, BUSINESS ENTITY) OR AN OFFICIAL REQUEST OF THE SENDING COUNTRY AND THE ORGANIZATION.
WHICH CURRENCY IS ACCEPTED?

The Mongolian Currency is called Tugrik.

US Dollars, Euros, British pounds can be exchanged into local currency in general everywhere. It the city the large hotels, restaurants and bars accept in general Dollars, Euros and Japanese Yens as well as major credit cards as Visa, Amex, Master Card,..

IS MONGOLIA A SAFE COUNTRY?

Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Mongolian people are known for their nomadic hospitality and they will make you feel very welcome.

TRAVEL INSURANCE?

It’s a good idea to take a travel insurance in your homeland.

PRACTICAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

WHAT TO PACK OR BRING?

Although it will vary according to the trip style you have chosen and when you are traveling, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard expensive suitcases, because is needs to fit into jeeps, on the backs of camels or horses.

Choose bags that is both lockable and water proof.

You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day walks.

Small bags so that unwanted clothes can be kept in when you go on trek.

LUGGAGE: It should be travel big backpack or suitcase made by smooth material with 78*38cm size. Small hanging  lock for  big backpack, suitcase.

• Comfortable boots for walking

• Rubber slippers to wear in ger camps bathroom

• Rain coat, cloak with cowl proof of water and wind

• Warm coat or jacket

• Scarf, hat, gloves (Scarf to cover head)

• Casual pants, shirt, pullover and skirt etc that are suitable to wear in downtown

• Short sleeved shirt or T-shirt

• Long-sleeved, sweater

• Sizable, pullover or jacket

• Thin (quickly dries) pants or skirt – 2 pairs

• Socks, underwear, nightwear

• Sleeping bag in case of having a picnic

• Bed sheet using inside of the sleeping bag (In order to make more warm)

• Sunglass (with cover)

• Additional sun-glass

• Water plastic case with 1 liter of capacity

• Sanitation devices (included face soap etc which is harmless to the nature)

• Quickly dries thin towel (dedicated to wash, wipe and dry)

• Head light with batteries

• First aid or medicine box, sun cream, lip-gloss and female tampon etc

• Camera, binoculars

• Books, magazines,…

• The food you get is delicious but you are free to bring your favorite snacks

• Money belt

HOW BIG ARE THE GROUPS?

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip and the booking status), and the guide will lead the group. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! There is some flexibility and you’ll have plenty of privacy. Trips will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

MOBILE USE & TOURIST SIM CARD

Mobile services are getting widely connected throughout the country with central towns and villages. By 2016 all towns and villages are connected by mobile services completely.  GSM and CDMA both used. Pre-paid International call cards are widely used.

Thinking to limit your mobile usage to avoid unexpected huge roaming bills? Then prepaid Tour SIM can be a solution for you because  you can save up to 90% on you roaming cost. You can buy this sim easily at the airport. No contract is required and it’s easy to use. Multi-SIM card will fit any device and our value plans will make your stay more fun. 

LANGUAGE

The official and spoken language of the country is Mongolian. Many people have Russian as their second language as they were taught this at school. An increasing number of people are now also speaking English.
It is appreciated by locals if travellers learn some basic Mongolian before their trip. A few words are surprisingly easy to master and will help tremendously in communicating with local people. Spend a few dollars and minutes before you go and purchase a copy of the Lonely Planet Mongolian phrase book.

CLIMATE

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?

If you want  to travel in Mongolia , the weather and climate is an important factor to consider. Mongolia has 4 seasons and they are very different. Winter lasts from November to February, spring from March to mid-May, summer from mid-May till late August, and autumn is in September and October. The cold weather in the north can last a month or two longer than the Gobi areas. So pack your woolens if you trotting here. Mongolia can experience four seasons in a day. With more than 260 sunny days a year, Mongolia is known as the ‘Land of the Blue Sky’. Mongolia experiences extreme continental climate; it is so far inland that no sea tempers its climate. As you travel in Mongolia, keep the climate in mind.

The average monthly temperature and precipitation in Ulaanbaatar , the capital of Mongolia

MONTHS NORMAL WARMEST COLDEST PRECIPITATION
January -24.6°C -15.6°C -26.5°C 0
February -20.6°C -11.4°C -24.1°C 0
March -9.8°C -2.0°C -15.4°C 0
April 0.3°C 8.3°C -5.8°C 2
May 8.9°C 16.8°C 2.7°C 3
June 14.6°C 21.6°C 8.3°C 9
July 16.6°C 22.7°C 11.2°C 11
August 14.7°C 21.5°C 9.3°C 13
September 7.3°C 15.6°C 2.2°C 4
October -1.1°C 6.8°C -6.0°C 2
November -13.2°C -4.4°C -16.2°C 1
December -21.9°C -13.7°C -23.8°C 1
CLIMATE & WEATHER IN MONGOLIA?

Mongolia is not coldest and remotest part of the world as often portrayed in the Western media. Though winter last from November to March, – 30 Celsius real cold lasts only one month, from mid-December to January. The rest of winter temperature fluctuates around -10 -14 Celsius.

It should be noted that snow blizzard and dust storms often occur in spring making this period from snow melting in late March to first grass in late May the least comfortable.

Summer from mid-May to mid-September is usually warm with average temperature of + 18 to + 26. There are short rains in July and early August. On some days temperature may go above + 30 which can be felt hard, especially in South Gobi region.

In summer almost 70% of precipitation falls, but this does not mean rainy days. Rains rarely last for more than 2-3 days. Most of rains occur in mid- July and early August and wise herders prefer to move away from rivers and put up their dwellings on hills to avoid sudden flood.

The highest temperature is in Gobi Desert region with + 30 Celsius lasts for more than 40 days. On some days it can be + 40 Celsius.

One specific of the weather, visitors to Mongolia should be aware of, is the drastic drop of temperature from day to night. It is strongly advisable to carry a sweater or even light jacket towards the evening. It can become especially chilly at night in South Gobi.

Winds are a regular feature of Mongolia, with rarely a day without a slow breeze of 4-9 meters per second. In summer cool winds come mostly from north- west and west bringing in some relief from summer heat. However, sudden collision of warm and cool air masses results in sudden heavy rains.

The average monthly temperature and precipitation in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia

Average summer temperature: +20C (+65F)
Average winter temperature: -20C (-13F)
Average precipitation: 25.4 cm

TSAATAN REINDEER TRIP

I am vegetarian, do you offer vegetarian food?

Mongolian Spiritual Tours offers only trips with vegetarian food, the food we offer is also suitable for vegans. If you have a special diet, please let us know before the trip. We will try our best to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Where exactly are we travelling to?

We are travelling to Nothern Mongolia Taiga Forest and will cross Murun City and Khuvsgul lake.

Do I have to learn horse riding before coming to Mongolia?

Yes, it is best to have had 4 horse riding lessons before coming to the trip. So that you already know how a horse feels, how to give directions and importantly feeling what is the best for you.

Can I make calls during the trip?

Mostly there is only cellphone connection in the small cities we pass through, but you can buy a prepaid card and call from the cellphone of your guide when there is cellphone connection. The prepaid card can only be used with a Mongolian Sim Card.

If you need to make calls often, then we recommend you to buy a Tourist Sim Card that you can buy at the airport. A tourist sim card for 30 days costs around €11.

Can I bring my drum with me?

Yes, you can. We will be horse riding, so be extra careful with your drum placing it on the horse.

I don’t speak Mongolian, should I worry?

You don’t have to worry. The staff of the hotel and your guide speaks very good English. The young Mongolian people in the city speaks also good English.

How much allowance should I bring?

That varies from person to person, some wants more souvenirs or the other wants to see more during its free days.

We recommend bringing at least €250 for any extra costs that can occur during your trip. For example: personal special snacks, gifts for the locals, etc.

Is there electricity at the reindeer people?

Yes, there is electricity, but it is limited. It is only used to give light during the night. It is best that you bring a solar charger for your camera and cellphone.

Are there shops on the way?

Yes, there are shops in the small cities where we stop to tank. But there is no shop at the reindeer people, because they live far from the city.

Where can I exchange money?

It is best to exchange your money in Mongolia. The exchange rate is always higher than in Europe, so you will have more Mongolian money (Tugruk) for less € in Mongolia. To exchange your money, your guide will take you to the bank or the best exchange private company.

Do I need travel insurance?

We believe that your safety is important and it’s best to arrange your personal travel insurance in your home country.

How many people will be with me on the tour?

We try to keep our groups small from 4 – 20 persons.

What other nationalities will be with me on the tour?

Mongolian Spiritual Tours has received as a young travelling company tourists from Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Austria.

SANDHEALING GOBI DESERT

I am vegetarian, do you offer vegetarian food?

Mongolian Spiritual Tours offers only trips with vegetarian food, the food we offer is also suitable for vegans. If you have a special diet, please let us know before the trip. We will try our best to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Where exactly are we travelling to?

We are travelling to Middle Gobi Desert and will be staying near the Uush Mountain.

Can I make calls from the Sandhealing Camp?

At the Sandhealing Camp there is no cellphone connection, but you can buy a prepaid card and call from the cellphone of your guide. The prepaid card can only be used with a Mongolian Sim Card.

If you need to make calls often, then we recommend you to buy a Tourist Sim Card that you can buy at the airport. A tourist sim card for 30 days costs around €11.

Can I bring my drum with me?

Yes, you can.

I don’t speak Mongolian, should I worry?

You don’t have to worry. The staff of the hotel and your guide speaks very good English. The young Mongolian people in the city speaks also good English.

How much allowance should I bring?

That varies from person to person, some wants more souvenirs or the other wants to see more during its free days.

We recommend bringing at least €250 for any extra costs that can occur during your trip. For example: personal special snacks, gifts for the locals, etc.

Is there electricity at the camp?

Yes, there is electricity, but it is limited. It is only used to give the camp light during the night. It is best that you bring a solar charger for your camera and cellphone.

Are there shops on the way?

No, there are no shops near the camp. The Sandhealing Camp is a remote place in the desert.

Where can I exchange money?

It is best to exchange your money in Mongolia. The exchange rate is always higher than in Europe, so you will have more Mongolian money (Tugrik) for less € in Mongolia. To exchange your money, your guide will take you to the bank or the best exchange private company.

Do I need travel insurance?

We believe that your safety is important and it’s best to arrange your own travel insurance in your home country.

How many people will be with me on the tour?

We try to keep our groups small from 4 – 20 persons.

What other nationalities will be with me on the tour?

Mongolian Spiritual Tours has received as a young travelling company tourists from Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Austria.

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