Winter In Mongolia Is Cold But Incredibly Beautiful

Winters here are long and harsh, with temperatures here typically ranging from -20°C to – 45°C degrees. Most tourists flock here in summer to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and see the vast landscapes of wide open country and nomadic culture.

Mongolia’s winters are home to incredible landscapes for those who are prepared.

It doesn’t snow that much in Mongolia, but since temperatures never climb above 0 for several months, snow that fall stick and stas until the following summer.

This railway connects Beijing to Moscow and runs by way of Ulaanbaatar. The line was built between 1949 and 1961 and cuts across the Gobi desert and Siberia.

An outdoor basketball court, abandoned until the more friendly temperatures of summer.


With temperatures never rising above zero for several months, ice sculptures are one way the Mongolians celebrate the winter.


A unique countryside landscape of dried-out farm crops and snow.

A highway cuts through Mongolia’s desolate countryside.

Mongolia’s nomadic culture continues through the winter, now assisted by solar power.

A temple in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.


A rare, endangered subspecies of wild horse, once extinct in the wild, and now being bred and reintroduced back into their natural habitat in a national park in Mongolia.

A herd on top of a mountain in winter.


A woman brews Mongolia’s traditional milk tea, typically made with water, milk, tea, and salt. It is one of the most common drinks in Mongolia, especially in winter, and served to guests when they arrive at any home.

Travelers navigate an ice-covered platform in Ulaanbaatar as they board a train bound for Erenhot, China. Many Mongolians travel to China for shopping.



Cattle huddle together on a cold day in the countryside.