Weather and other expectations in Mongolia in June?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 10, 2011 11:24 PM Last Post By: xxxriainxxx
Mar 24, 2011 2:50 AM
Weather and other expectations in Mongolia in June?Hi all,
I will be in Mongolia in from June 2-6 (I just booked and paid my tickets China Southern/Air China) and my tours are all arranged by a tour company. Kharkhorin, Hustain National Park and the Mongol Sand Dune and bits of UB. I am curious,
1 - What would be the weather like around that time?
2- I am not familiar of the Mongol Sand Dune, where is it exactly and is it part of the Gobi?
3- How far is the drive from UB to Kharkorin?
4- I'm a Philippine passport holder and I currently live in Vietnam, I reckon, it's 21 days visa free for Philippine passport holders right (for travel purposes?
5- Any hazards I should watch out for?
Mar 24, 2011 8:00 AM
Q: Weather 2-6 June
A: According to the weather charts temperatures will get up to 20c during the day and as low as 5c during the night. It is the beginning of the rainy season, statistically expect 2 days of rain during your week visit at the beginning of June.
Q: Sand dunes.
A: The famous "Khongoriin Els" sand dunes are in the southern part of the Mongolian Gobi. According to your tour description and short visit timetable I assume your tour operator will take you to a smaller scale version of the Gobi sand dunes named "Mongol Els" on the way to Kharkhorin, also known as the "little Gobi" see photo .
Q: Road UB to Kharkhorin
A: A direct drive is about 370km. I assume your tour takes a longer route to show you some sites on the way.
Q: Visa for Philippine passport
A: You do need a visa in advance. Philippine passport holders get a visa on arrival.
A: It seems you will be taken good care of, by your tour operator. Mongolians are friendly people. There is an issue of pickpocketing in UB. It is easy to avoid it, if you are aware of the possibility.
Have a great tour.
Mar 31, 2011 2:20 PM
There is some excellent information in the other post. But I hope the following helps a little:
Mongol Els is part of Khogno Khan Nature Reserve - around 47,000 hectares of granite mountains, wide open Steppe and the small sand dunes of Mongol Els. It is located in Central Mongolia. Khogno Khan is considered a sacred area by the local Mongolians - ask your tour operator to take you to the small Erdene Khanvin Khiid monastery situated within Khogno Khan - the area around the monastery is quiet, tranquil and beautiful.
Kharkhorin is situated within the Orkhon Valley - an area rich in history relating to the Mongolian Empire and the founding of Buddhism in Mongolia - and it is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kharkhorin is the modern name for the town located where the ancient capital city of Karakorum once stood (if you have time in UB before your trip visit the National History Museum where there is a model of Karakorum as it was under Ogodei Khan). It lies along what was one of the most important trading routes across Mongolia. It was a centre of important political and economic activity prior to Ogodei Khan who made it known to the wider world. Karakorum was not the first city to be built - in its turn it provided building materials in 1586 (and after) for the construction of Erdene Zuu Monastery. When Mongolia was a communist state Kharkhorin became the site of one of Mongolia’s 30 state farms - you can see the fields are stilled used for agriculture today.
In addition, when visiting Hustain National Park ask to be taken to the Bugan Khoshoo - Deer Stones. These are believed to be grave markers for warrior chiefs - the stylised deer on them are beautiful. Look out for ancient burial mounds dating back to the Bronze Age and Hunnu period of Mongolian history.
Weather wise - this is a good link: |http://www.wunderground.com/global/MO.html]. It will give you a rough idea as to what the weather can be like in June.
As for hazards - when out walking be careful when approaching a ger. The dogs owned by nomadic families are used for helping to herd the animals and act as guard dogs. If you are on your own (without a Mongolian guide) and want to approach a ger it is better to shout from a distance to get attention - this then allows the family to 'hold the dogs' and you can approach.
Mongolia is spectacular, fascinating and welcoming. Although your stay is short I hope your time in Mongolia makes you want to return for longer.
As they say in Mongolia:
Sain Yavaarai - Journey Well
Edited by: mongoliajess
Apr 4, 2011 10:35 PM
May 9, 2011 8:53 AM
4Thanks guys! Mongolia has been a childhood dream destination and I will finally be there in about 20 days!
To Dan of @ToMongolia - you meant I don't need a visa in advance right?
For shopping, what SHOULD I buy as a souvenir from Mongolia?
May 9, 2011 10:18 AM
You asked: To Dan of @ToMongolia - you meant I don't need a visa in advance right?
You are right (sorry - I missed the word NOT in my original post)
Philippines passport - get 21 days visa on arrival, No need for visa in advance.
Hong Kong - get 14 days
Israel - 30 days
Kazakhstan - 90 days
Malaysia - 1 month
Singapore - 14 days
USA - 90 days
For longer tours you do need a visa in advance.
All other passports need a visa in advance before arrival.
May 10, 2011 1:56 AM
6This morning, I went and double checked with the Mongolian embassy here in Hanoi and they said that I needed a visa despite my Philippine passport. Very strange. :(
May 10, 2011 3:50 AM
That is very strange.
Show them this page on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
It lists all the passport holders that do not need a visa.
Number 12 on the list, is your passport. It says that for a visit of up to 21 days you do not need a visa.
Иргэд визгүй зорчих орнууд
12 Филиппин, 21 хүртэл хоног
This list was updated a few months ago, so it should be accurate.
The treaty with the Philippines was signed on 13/5/1994
I hope it helps.
May 10, 2011 8:32 PM
May 10, 2011 10:36 PM
If you intend to print, so better print this page
This page is in Mongolian, on the immigration services office website.
Number 7 on this list is your passport. It says that for a visit of 21 days you do not need a visa.
The link on my previous post states the treaties with foreign countries, and lists the countries where Mongolians can enter without a visa.
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