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Trans-Mongolian Express

I'm looking for information about the Trans- Mongolia Express. I'll be traveling the same route, by train but it's my own made tour. basically I was wondering
13 years ago, November 5th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #21997  
I'm looking for information about the Trans- Mongolia Express.
I'll be traveling the same route, by train but it's my own made tour.
basically I was wondering if it's possible to just go to my destinations (same stops as the
Trans-Mongolian) and stay in an accommodation without reservation?
If it's possible to book excursions @ location? Or do we need to make a reservation for all that?

And what about when to go? Is October OK? Or is it to cold in the winter?
When is the best time 2 go? I have 2 departure dates, depending on that last question.
June if the winter is 2 impossible and October if the winter period is ok.
I'm kind of troubled that the winter will be to harsh and the trip will become a nightmare...

Thanks a lot! and take good care


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13 years ago, November 6th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #22062  
N Posts: 3
Hi FiTe,
Whilst travelling in Mongolia, you can only buy your ticket to Ulaanbaatar (from Russia or China). If you get off anywhere else on route, you'll have to by a ticket again, so it's best travelling straight to UB and travelling in Mongolia from there. It's not really necessary to prebook anything in Mongolia, especially if you are travelling in October. In July however, it's advisable to prebook.
October in Mongolia is cold but not very cold. Expect temperatures to be around 5- to -10 at night, and 0 - 15 in the day. It will most likely be sunny, it's a pleasant time of year to travel. Bring warm clothes and you will be fine. The Mongolian harsh winter doesn't really start until Dec - Feb.
It is possible to book excursions from where ever you stay in UB. See my profile if you need more help.

Have a great trip!
Jennie. Reply to this

13 years ago, November 6th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #22082  
Hey Jennie,

Thanks for you response, it takes care of all my questions. Wish is great!!!
If you should have any suggestions about places to go or things 2 see it'll be great.

As for all the others, please tell me all you know about the trans-Mongolian express,
It's the start of one year trip, so it's important things go well...

Thanks so much!!!

Take care and travel Safe!!!

FiTe Reply to this

13 years ago, November 7th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #22110  
Hi FiTe

A few tips from our experience...

a few good books - you'll probably find you'll have plenty of time to read.
some photos of home - it's handy to have something to show your cabin mates if there is a language barrier!
a torch - each bed has it's own light but if you want to stay up later than your cabin mates it's nice to be considerate.

and some things to make sure you buy before you get on the train:
Toilet paper - there was none supplied at all in our carriage and it wasn't something that was easy to pick up along the way from the Babushkas on the platforms at each of the stops.
Cold medicine - everybody in our carriage ended up sick as someone got on with a cold and it spread like wild fire - I would have happily killed for a Lemsip or some throat lozenges!
Fruit - oranges seemed to keep pretty well and you will probably be desperate for something not freeze dried. You can pick up some lovely food from the Babushkas on the platforms along the way but fruit was something we didn't really find until we got to the Chinese border.

Another thing I would recommend is having some food and/or other stuff that you can share - it helps to make friends with your cabin mates/carriage attendants fast : )

Hope you enjoy your journey!
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13 years ago, November 7th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #22117  
N Posts: 3
Hi again,

As for things to see and do, it all depends how long your stay is. Mongolia is vast and travel takes time. Most Trans Mongolian travellers only stay for a few days. This would limit your travel options to Terelj national park, where you can stay in a ger and go horse riding and hiking, Khustai Nuruu where you can also stay in a ger and see the wild Przewalski horse (native to Mongolia). One of Mongolia's biggest working monasteries is also accessible for an overnight trip.
It's possible to visit the main attractions in the ever popular Gobi desert in just a few days. However, it would mean flying down there which can be pricey. Also, in October, the tourist infrastructure is starting to close down so a bit of planning is necessary to ensure the flights / available ger camps match your schedule.
For longer stays, anything is possible. Beautiful Lake Khovsgol, Chinggis Khaan's supposed birthplace in Khentii, the beautiful yak filled province of Arkhangai, or the stunning lakes and mountains of Bayan Olgii - to name but a few.
If you really do want to get out and about in Mongolia, don't leave it too late - travel gets more difficult to organise towards the end of October.
Hope that helps,
Mongolian Resorts
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13 years ago, November 7th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #22120  
Hey Jennie, Vikki & Bob

I which I had this kind of information on my previous trips...
The you suggested Vikki just made the item list for shore.
I also plan to take a bag of little things like Belgian postcards, pen's, stuff like that,
to give to the local people or children, It never hurts to be friendly and generous.
About the cold, if you come in this situation again, try to wash your hands a lot and most
important try not to touch your face (mouth and nose area). The cold spread so fast because the bacteria
gets from their hands on everything the touch, you touch it too and bring it from your hands to your itchy nose...
You can avoid a lot of trouble by just washing your hands.

Jennie, that link is great, I kept it and will bring it up in our next trip meeting. The trouble about having to reserve these expeditions is we do have to get there...
you see we have a lose itinerary...

We take time to do what we want to do when we want to do it @ the location we want to do it.
And when we've done what we wanted to do, we go on to our next location where we want to do other things. :-)

Get it? ;-))))) But it's great to know what we can do. alright alright, see, experience...

I have only one negative point I wanted to share about Travelblog... from the day I discovered this site, I just wanted to start my adventure, and the longer I know this site the bigger the urge to leave...

Thanks 4 everything!!!!
Take good care...

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13 years ago, November 14th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #22551  
I am pleased to advise that hands were washed religiously and we even used that anti bacterial handwash stuff too - I think some germs can be airborne!! Happy travels : ) Reply to this

13 years ago, November 16th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #22641  

Dam* Germs...

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13 years ago, January 22nd 2008 No: 9 Msg: #25852  
N Posts: 4
if u r in Mongolia it is not good idea to wash your hand frequently. B'cos as u know Mongolia is usually kind of cold in Oct/Nov and always dry. So after you wash your hand twice, ur hand skin will be like desert. Do not think about hand cream as a traveler, it will keep your hand cold whole day. So I would suggest u sanitizer. (that weather and washing hand a lot is ok for the Mongolians like me, but most travelers are from places where have nice weather than Mongolia, so their skin are more sensitive than Mongolians, I guess).

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13 years ago, February 9th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #27128  
Thanks 4 the advice Alta!

I'll make shore to follow your advice.

Take Care

FiTe Reply to this

13 years ago, February 20th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #28015  
N Posts: 3
Hello FiTe,

I am now writing instead of Jennie, I see you mention taking belgian postcards to Mongolia. Are you Belgian? I am, if you come through UB let me know and we can meet up. I live there.

Best regards,

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