Q & A with J. Jamarlgaa, Founder and CEO, Amicus Travel Mongolia LLC, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
An experienced local tour operator offering both scheduled and tailor-made tours since 2006.
HOW LONG DOES A VISA TAKE?
Citizens from certain countries can enter Mongolia with their passport only and do not need a visa as long as their visit is less than 30 days. This includes the United States, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Russia, and many others.
For those who do require a visa, this can be easily obtained through a Mongolian embassy or consulate and typically takes 3 - 5 working days. If you request an invitation letter from our company, please allow for 1 - 2 working days.
If you have further questions about visas, you can send an inquiry to our company through our site.
There are no required vaccinations for Mongolia. You may want to consult with your doctor who knows your medical history before leaving your home country.
DO MORE GUESTS ARRIVE BY FLIGHT THAN BY TRAIN?
Yes, nearly 70% of total guests arrive by airline and the rest come from Beijing or from Moscow by the Trans-Siberian train.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS MONGOLIA CHANGED SINCE YOUR COMPANY BEGAN 20 YEARS AGO?
The Mongolian government has increased the number of tourist-friendly policies. Standards for our local tour guides are higher; guides are now more professional and skilled. Conditions at Ger camps have improved.
If you choose to stay in a Ger camp you will receive an authentic experience of the traditional nomadic Mongolian culture. The accommodations are basic but quite comfortable. We find that most of our guests do request this experience.
A Ger camp consists of 20 to 40 Gers along with a restaurant and some entertainment facilities. Ger camps are usually located near main attractions or near the best viewing spot for nature.
HOW MANY GUESTS CAN SLEEP IN ONE GER?
Each Ger has 2 to 4 single beds. Guests can request a single, twin, triple, or a quadruple occupancy.
SHOULD GUESTS BRING A SMALL GIFT TO THE HOST FAMILIES?
It’s not compulsory. But if you would like to bring some gifts we recommend items such as Swiss pocket knives or flashlights for the men, some biscuits, toys, crayons, or colored pencils for the wife and children. Whatever gift you choose to bring will be most gratefully accepted.
HOW ABOUT PERSONAL ITEMS SUCH AS MOIST TOWELETTES OR GARBAGE BAGS?
In most cases toilet papers and towels will be provided in the hotels and the tourist Ger camps. Our company also supplies mineral water and garbage bags during the trip. We do suggest that you bring some lip-gloss to prevent chapped lips, medicine in case of headaches or diarrhea, and perhaps something for a snack to eat between meals.
It depends as we have several tour routes to Gobi. For some itineraries visitors will take a domestic flight. Others may drive. They will be surprised to see quite a bit of variety there - some areas of this desert have endless sand dunes, other parts have narrow gorges with ice, there are even meadows and the famous Bayanzag - the Flaming Cliffs. This region is sparsely habited, wild, and unique.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FLY FROM THE CAPITAL CITY OF ULAANBAATAR TO WESTERN MONGOLIA?
It is a 3-hour flight each way.
HOW LONG IN ADVANCE SHOULD TRAVELERS CONTACT YOU FOR RESERVATIONS?
It is good to contact us in advance so that we can help you to prepare for arrival and to answer your questions - a few days or better a few weeks notice is useful. However, if your intention is to travel long distances within our country that is best served by a domestic flight, please give us at least 3 months advance notice.
In the month of March there are three major winter festivals that take place in Mongolia.
The first one is the Ice Festival by the Khovsgol Lake. There are traditional folk performances and games plus the vision of the bonfire on the ice and the winter scenery that is unforgettable.
The next one is the Eagle Festival where eagle hunters come together and put their well-trained birds to the test in singular contests of speed and agility.
The last one is The Thousand Camel Festival. Here you have a unique opportunity to witness a large gathering of the Bactrian camels and their owners. It’s an entertaining two-day event that features various contests and lots of local music and dances. Nomads from near and far wear their best traditional clothing and ride their best camels. It’s their pride and a big celebration for them.
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