Best time to visit Mongolia

Boating in Mongolia

Enjoy the wild beauty of Mongolia on a peaceful boat trip

Best time: May–September


For countryside dwellers it may seem quite a casual activity, but not for those who escape to the Mongolian wilderness. A boat trip amidst the local pristine untouched nature is truly heavenly. Out of eight scenic lakes found in Mongolia, the serene Lake Khövsgöl overlooked by mountains is the most popular with holidayers. Tourist charter boats are available between May and September, for the rest of the year the water basin is frozen, like all Mo​ngolian waterways.

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When is the best time to go on a boat trip in Mongolia?

Boat trips in Mongolia are best enjoyed between May and September when the weather is mild and waterways are accessible. Winter and other parts of the year have waterways and the Khövsgöl Lake frozen and impassable due to the harsh climate. It is best to organize boat trips ahead of time to ensure quality and safety. Show more

Where can I find a charter boat company for Lake Khövsgöl?

One can find charter boat services for a Lake Khövsgöl tour at the tourist center located on its shores. In addition, travel agencies in Ulaanbaatar can provide package tours that include a boat trip on the lake. Some agencies allow for deals to be customized based on user preferences and budget. Show more

What is the cost of renting a boat in Lake Khövsgöl?

To rent a boat trip, one can expect an hourly average cost ranging from 50,000 to 80,000 Mongolian Tugriks. This cost is highly dependent on the charter service and the intended duration of the boat trip. One can arrange for half-day and full-day boat trips, at reasonable prices. Show more

What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on a boat trip in Mongolia?

Mongolia's pristine nature houses an impressive range of wildlife, such as the Siberian ibex, grey wolf, brown bear, sable, moose, wild boar, and beaver. Moreover, it is a birdwatcher's paradise, hosting birds like the eastern imperial eagle, cinereous vulture, Amur falcon, and the rare Altai snowcock, among others. Show more

Are there any safety precautions I should take before going on a boat trip in Mongolia?

Safety is a top priority for boat trip enthusiasts visiting Mongolia. Some crucial safety measures can be taken, such as carrying enough food, water and a portable GPS device, notifying authorities of your boat trip, wearing life jackets, and warm clothing. Adventurers must also take caution to avoid dangerous-risk situations during the boat trip. Show more

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