Closed off from the rest of the world for most of the 20th century, Mongolia’s name is still used throughout Western conversation to reference to the isolated and the untouched. Yet ever since it opened its borders, this nomenclature has become increasingly outdated, with visitors near and far coming to experience one of the last great adventure destinations the world has to offer.

Perhaps what makes Mongolia so appealing to travellers is the hospitable kinship of the country’s nomadic people in its rural steppes and semi-deserts, where a shared love of the outdoors is enough to welcome any stranger into a shepherd’s yurt for warmth and conversation. One of the last few places on the planet where nomadic culture is alive and well, there also exists a rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition woven throughout. Although the Stalinist purges of the 1930s threatened to suppress the country’s religious beliefs, Mongolia’s spirituality persisted and eventually led to the resurgence of Buddhism in 1990 when Mongolia became a democracy. Today, whether an urban consumer of Ulan Bator or a nomadic shepherd in the plains, everyone is an advocate for democracy—despite being landlocked by their Russia, China, and Kazakhstan neighbors.

Whether venturing to the heartland of Chinggis Khaan’s legacy or taking in the sporty Naadam festival, the National Holiday of Mongolia held every July, Mongolia luxury travel with Ker & Downey is an adventurous and unforgettable expedition. Discover our Mongolia vacation packages below.