Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia? If you're planning to go to Ulaanbaatar, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Based on the climate and weather in Ulaanbaatar, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by month

January

January can be dangerously cold. Temperatures average in the single digits F (10+ below zero C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • High performance gloves
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Neck gaiter
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas

February

February here is biting cold. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Neck gaiter
  • High performance gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Insulated boots
  • Thick pajamas

March

March in this region is frosty. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Coveralls
  • Neck gaiter
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas

April

April in Ulaanbaatar is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket

May

May in Ulaanbaatar is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

June

In June, Ulaanbaatar is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Ulaanbaatar, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat

July

July for Ulaanbaatar is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

August

August in Ulaanbaatar is balmy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Socks

September

September in Ulaanbaatar is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear

October

October in this region can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear

November

November for Ulaanbaatar can be dangerously cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High performance gloves
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleece for under jacket

December

December in Ulaanbaatar is unbearably cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits below 0 F (20+ below zero C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Neck gaiter
  • High performance gloves

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ulaanbaatar, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and E
  • A SIM card that works in Ulaanbaatar
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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