5 Ways to See Naadam Festival in 2010

5 Ways to See Naadam Festival in 2010

SEATTLE, WA -- MIR Corporation, which has been offering small group, custom and private tours to the "crossroads of Europe and Asia" since 1986 is pleased to announce that in 2010 its schedule features 5 ways to get to the Naadam Festival, Mongolia's annual celebration of courage, strength, dexterity and marksmanship celebrated each year July 11-12. Read More


Festival time in Mongolia

Festival time in Mongolia

Mongolia is about open space, with its boundless grassy steppe and great red Gobi Desert; about a place in history, with Genghis Khan and his mounted warriors leaving their mark on two continents; and about the culture of the nomad, who created a coherent and organic life revolving around four-legged creatures. It is said that in Mongolia livestock outnumber people thirteen to one. Read More


Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

We've gathered 10 romantic off-the-radar destinations where you and your sweetheart can experience an unforgettable honeymoon or couple's getaway — no matter what your style and personal preferences are. Read More



Places to Go, People to See in Mongolia: 7 Favorites

Places to Go, People to See in Mongolia: 7 Favorites

Mongolia is an adventurous destination, where 4X4s navigate the dirt tracks across the steppe and through the Gobi Desert; where you can still meet nomadic people in their gers and step into their lives for a moment; and where the incredible skills of ancient armies are preserved at the remarkable Naadam Festival, a celebration of courage, strength, dexterity and marksmanship dating back to the time of Genghis Khan. The time to visit is now; huge reserves of gold, copper and coal have created deep global interest in what can be found under Mongolia’s endless grasslands. Read More


Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More



Snow Leopard Trust: Preservation Efforts in Mongolia

Snow Leopard Trust: Preservation Efforts in Mongolia

In Mongolia's remote high desert wilderness, experts from Seattle’s Snow Leopard Trust trap, measure, and examine wild snow leopards before fitting them with GPS tracking collars and releasing them. This long-term study of the beautiful cats has followed 16 collared snow leopards through the mountains of the South Gobi, learning about their range, their habits, their diet and their families. Read More


Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

MIR's Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads small group tour travels by train, hydrofoil and plane into the heart of Mongolia and Siberia, including a trip to the Gobi Desert and visits to Old Believers, nomads, and Buddhist monasteries. Because it shows Siberia and Mongolia at their most beautiful and exotic, this tour is a favorite among our travelers, usually selling out year after year. Read More