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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia
    enjoys around 250 sunny days a year often with clear cloudless skies The high central Asian mountain ranges protects the country against the humid air masses which move in from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans creating an extreme continental climate The climate is arid with the humidity at zero Despite the average temperatures given in the table below Mongolia weather is known for its sharp fluctuations due to changes in wind direction Daily temperatures may fluctuate by as much as 20C 30C Southern Mongolia the Gobi Desert has the hottest temperatures at 40C in the summer while Khovsgol in the North has the coldest winter temperatures at 45C 52C Snow and rainfall are very low The mean annual precipitation is 200 300mm of which 80 to 90 per cent falls within the months May to September However enough rain does occur in July and August to swell rivers and snow blizzards can occur in winter The Highest peaks have small glaciers Mongolia is the land of spring winds In the Gobi and steppe areas winds often develop into devastating dust storms reaching a velocity of 15 25 metres per seconds For up to date weather see the weather forecast For

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia
    streets and a 5 star centrally located hotel with all the mod cons Which hotel you stay in will depend on your preference and room availability Ger Camps In the Mongolian countryside accommodation is in ger camps In these countryside hotels each couple has their own comfortable stove lit traditional ger Ger camps have western style bathroom facilities and hot showers are available at certain times of the day Homestays

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia
    Politics Nomadic Culture Religion Arts Ecology Festivals What to Expect Climate Accommodation Food Transport Travel advice Getting There Guest Book In Mongolia you will travel in spacious 4x4 Russian Furgons jeeps or Land Cruiser type vehicles Depending on your particular itinerary your journey may also feature travel by horse and or camel In Beijing you will travel by minibus private car rickshaws and occasionally by taxi Journey Planner Download Brochure

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - GETTING THERE - MONGOLIA
    Europe USA or Australia except for summer flights direct from Berlin with MIAT and from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines You have to go via Beijing Moscow Tokyo Seoul or Hong Kong from whence there are regular direct flights to Ulaanbaatar Direct flights are available into Ulaanbaatar ULN from CHINA Capital Beijing PEK 2 3 per day 2h 22m MIAT Air China Shanghai SHA 2 per week 3h 35m H unnu Air Hong Kong HKG 3 per week 4h 30m H unnu Air MIAT Hohhot HET Winter 4 per week Summer 5 per week 2h 50m Aero Mongolia THAILAND Bangkok BKK 1 2 per week 6h Hunnu Air SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE JAPAN Kansai Osaka KIX 2 per week 4h MIAT Narita Tokyo NRT 3 per week 5h 10m MIAT Tokyo HND Summer 2 per week 8h 35m Hunnu Air SOUTH KOREA Incheon Seoul ICN 1 2 per day 3h 32 m MIAT Korean Air KYRGYZSTAN Bishkek FRU 3 per week 3h 40m Turkish Airlines RUSSIA Sheremetyevo Moscow SVO 6 per week 6h 7m Aeroflot MIAT Irkutsk IKT Winter 2 per week Summer 4 per week 2h 30m Aero Mongolia TURKEY Ataturk Istanbul IST 3 per week 8h 20m Turkish Airlines GERMANY Tegel Berlin TXL 2 per week 8h 30m MIAT Flights from Frankfurt are due to start in 2014 FRANCE Paris CDG 1 2 per week 10h 45m Hunnu Air SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE New flight option with one stop is available into Ulaanbaatar ULN from SINGAPORE Singapore SIN 2 per week stop in Beijing PEK 9h 30m MIAT For up to date information please check http info flightmapper net airport ULN The flight route via Beijing generally offers a greater choice of airlines and ticket prices vs other routes and the Chinese and once Mongol capital is a great

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia Regions - West - Altai
    the indigenous practice of hunting with eagles The remote rugged range spreads from the Russian border all the way down to Altai Gobi province in the south Bayannuur The area surrounding Bayannuur is characterised by vast rocky plains valleys and mountains rising up from the remote terrain This is the territory of the eagle hunters who train their birds to catch prey from the wilds of the countryside including marmots foxes and wolves Khokh Serkh Blue Goat Khokh Serkh Strictly Protected Area is a haven for fauna including argali sheep ibex maral Asiatic red deer stone marten deer elk Altai snowcock and eagles There are also several caves and hot springs in the park and plenty of opportunities for hiking and horse trekking Lake Tolbo Lake Tolbo Tolbo means frog is a freshwater lake at a height of 2 080 metres and with its tree less shoreline it has an almost eerie but at the same time magical feel to it The water looks inviting but is ice cold It once formed the backdrop for a major battle between the Bolsheviks and the White Russians Lake Dayan Dayan is the largest lake in Bayan Ulgii province covering an area of

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia Regions - North - Khovsgol
    1 and 2 of the world s fresh water it is the second largest lake in Central Asia after Siberia s Lake Baikal It is 136 kilometres long and 36 kilometres wide stretching from north to south and at 1645m above sea level it s whole length is frozen from January to May The lake is full of fish such as lenok of the trout family and sturgeon The lake attracts over 200 species of birds such as Baikal teal bar headed goose black syork and Altai snowcock The surrounding mountains are home to 68 species of mammal including musk deer brown bear lynx marten beaver elk reindeer moose argali ibex and wolf Three separate peoples live in the area the Darkhad Buryats and Tsaatan The latter herd reindeer and depend on them for most of their needs The region has strong shamanic roots This is a wonderful place for walking and riding fishing or simply sucking in the fresh air and spectaclar views Muron Muron is the lively capital of Khovsgol province and bears the hallmarks of being a trading outpost close to the border with Russian Siberia in that it is slightly wild and rough around the edges

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia Regions - South - Gobi
    the communist purges of the thirties and is being restored by a number of monks It is an amazing site and stretches across the valley in the mountainous area around the river Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs This is one of the most famous palaeontological sites in the world Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the world s first nest of dinosaur eggs here in 1922 During his groundbreaking expedition the team unearthed over 100 dinosaurs and discovered the earliest known mammal skulls Roy who is widely regarded as the model on which the Hollywood screen character Indiana Jones was based named the famous site the Flaming Cliffs after the red sandstone buttes and cliffs that glow at sunset Subsequent Gobi expeditions have added to our understanding of life in the late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago the last phase of dinosaur dominance before mammals inherited the earth Many of these finds are on display at the Natural History Museum in Ulaanbaatar The Mongolian name Bayanzag means rich in saxual shrubs These shrubs are a valuable source of fuel for the local people the wood is very dense and will sink in water They are also home to a number of species of wildlife This is a sureally beautiful place where a dazzling sun illuminates the dramatic features of the valley of the dinosaurs Khongoryn Els Singing Dunes These are some of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia 180 kilometers long and up to 800 metres high A climb to the top gives amazing views across the dunes and the surrounding desert On the northern edge of the dunes lies the Khongoryn river which provides an oasis rich in plantation and supplies drinking water for wildlife in the region Gobi people are particularly good at managing the limited resources in the harsh environment

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Mongolia Regions - Central Heartland
    move here from the Onon Valley in Khentii Several earlier successful civilisations made their capitals in the fertile Orkhon valley of which Chinggis was well aware He used it as a supply point for his armies It was not only where the armies weapons were cast it was where the food was grown Artisans from all across the empire were brought here to embellish the city Famed for their religious tolerance the Khaans split their time equally between the different faiths and twelve religions co existed within the town Foreign and Mongol coins were both legal tender After the move to Beijing and the fall of the empire Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388 The remains of the city were used to help build Erdenne Zuu Hundred Treasures the first Buddhist monastery in 16th century Many of the treasures are on display at the temple museum and in the Tibetan style Lavrin temple where each morning the monks are called to service by the conch blowers At it s height up to 1000 monks were in residence Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples according to a Tibetan design which are contained within in the monastery walls 108 stupas are spaced evenly along the walls which enclose an area of 1 600 square metres which is exactly 10 times smaller than the original city Chuluutin Gol Gorge This dramatic gorge runs along a fault line and the river below is a great fishing spot Nearby an ancient forest protects a vast tree covered in offerings including blue Khadags ceremonial scarves This is a famous tree and local legend tells that if you have lost something when you sleep beneath the branches you will wake and remember where it is Kultegin Monument This impressive monolith is dedicated in 732 AD to the Turkish prince Kultegin 684 731 AD The Turkic State existed in Mongolia between 6th and 8th centuries The monument is inscribed with ancient Runic script and at the back Chinese characters Ogii Nuur This lake is a wonderful place for birdlife such as cranes ducks and many other migratory species It is also famous for its fishing and is full of perch pike and catfish Ogii Nuur s tranquile shores serve as an excellent base from which to visit local archaelogical sites Taikhar Chuluu This enormous rock formation that sticks straight out of the ground is the subject of many local legends the most popular being that a great hero squashed a huge serpent that was terrorising the lands around There are pleasant walks along the banks of the nearby river Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur White Lake Meaning Great White Lake Tsagaan Nuur was formed by lava flows many millenia ago It is surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes which offer some great walking oppertunities The local inhabitants are yak herders who live a typically traditional nomadic lifestyle moving to higher pastures in the winter and returning to

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