13 Best Yurts In Mongolia - Updated 2024

Deanna
Deanna 
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The steppes of Mongolia are dry and flat and often deal out extreme weather conditions to its native dwellers. For thousands of years, nomadic inhabitants of the steppes of Central Asia have been living in yurts—portable homes that can house as many as 15 warm bodies. It takes anywhere from half an hour to three hours to set up. The portable and sturdy yurt has proven to be reliable and it is still a distinctive feature of the country’s rugged landscapes, which feature lots of natural wonders to explore. Your adventures in Central Asia should start in a self-supporting yurt made from a latticework of wood. Mongolia may present a laid-back vibe but it doesn’t shy away from exciting things to do. Start rolling out your vacation plan here by booking a retreat. Check out our list of some of the best yurts in Mongolia.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 26, 2024.

1. Authentic yurt hosted by a nomad family (from USD 158)

Mongolia features rugged expanses where nomadic culture is rich. If you want to experience life just like the herders, the ger (yurt or nomad’s felt tent) is one the best bases to introduce you to such a lifestyle. Hosted by a nomad family in the Erdene grasslands, the ger includes the comforts of a typical home. You can expect to cook in a traditional kitchen, cozy up by the heating stove, and doze off in comfy bedding.

During your stay, you’ll be immersed in the daily routine of your host family, such as milking cows, preparing traditional dairy, and even horseback riding. Any booking here readily comes with transportation, three meals per day, and a guide and translation.

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Erdene, Töv, Mongolia
70.47 km (43.8 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
4 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Yurt 10 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Host:
at the ger we were greeted by the host family who were super hospitable and friendly
the guide was very helpful throughout the trip
there are no words kind enough to describe this family love love love them
the owner turned out to be an excellent conversationalist and we heard a lot of information about mongolia
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2. Lovely wooden yurt close to city center (from USD 30)

This lovely wooden yurt inspired by a Mongolian traditional ger is a knockout for solo backpackers or couple travelers. Its rustic interior allows you to while away the night in a queen-size bed and revel in the warmth of electrical heating and a fireplace. The large picture window perfectly frames the neighboring hills and welcomes the sun all day.

Apart from WiFi, the unit is also appointed with laundry facilities so you can pack light for the trip. Or perhaps you can use the extra luggage space for the things of your fur pals as you can let them tag along on the property. As for its location, Ulaanbaatar’s city center with shops and local joints galore is easily accessible.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
5.96 km (3.8 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
3 reviews   Wifi Available
Yurt 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the place was really clean and enkhbayar's parents were really hospitable
the ger is very beautiful and clean and very good isolated
Host:
they were really friendly and helped us by giving the local tips
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3. Authentic nomad yurt near Khustai National Park (from USD 60)

Yurts complement the way of life of nomadic tribes in the steppes of Mongolia. If you have a burning desire to learn more about the culture, then spend time where nomads roam. Book an authentic nomad dwelling and see for yourself how they make yurts work for them. With a five-star rating, Anuk, the Superhost is quite keen on her offer—a yurt all to yourself and your companions. The host of Nomad Family Homestay provides breakfast to get your day going. You may cook food in the kitchen, which provides basic amenities. There’s no need to bother with other essentials because soap, toilet paper, and towels are provided. The yurt is located near Khustai National Park which is 102.3 kilometers (641.44 miles) from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
4.26 km (2.7 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
72 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Yurt 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the ger doesn’t have much modern facilities but it was clean
Host:
host was very welcoming
anuk was kind and thoughtful host
they were very hospitable and really took care of us
they were kind and helpful anytime
host family is very kind and friendly people
Location:
beautiful location not too far from the capital
what a lovely location and even greater host
the location is really authentic and the landscape is breathtaking
for those who are interested in night photography this is a must-visit location
the location was incredible with amazing views
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4. Comfortable and private room inside a ger (from USD 60)

A yurt is called a ger sometimes but some insist on distinct differences. We won’t concern ourselves with semantics at this time. For now, we’re all agreed that a traditional Mongolian yurt or ger house near the city is the perfect accommodation for you and your friends. Superhost Oyuntsetseg guarantees privacy and comfort in a private room in a ger with ample space for two guests. There are two beds and a half-bath so that you and your companion experience comfort during your stay.

If you book during the summer, the host offers interested guests a short stint as a farmhand. Be prepared to work with domesticated animals if you have nothing else planned and doing dairy work in Mongolia is on your bucket list.

Stayed at this property?
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
5.08 km (3.2 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
46 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 4 Beds 10 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the ger was always clean and comfortable by ms
outhouse toilet but clean and shower
the gher is clean and comfortable situated outside ulaanbaatar and surrounded by a beautiful landscape
her meals were delicious the ger was clean and comfortable
in the ger is always warm and always clean
Host:
oyuntsetseg was such an informative and gracious host
oyuntsetseng is a wonderful host
she could not be more accommodating and helpful
i can recommend oyuntsetseg as a host and tour guid
authentic experience with kind host
Location:
the ger is a beautiful location to relax though
oyuntsetseg's ger is indeed pretty close to ulan bator which of course adds values to it
our stay in the ger was fantastic: host food location all perfect
by the time you reach her location you are in a beautiful valley that is very peaceful
i could enjoy my stay due to her hospitality beautiful nature and unique location
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5. Accommodation that is the epitome of Mongolian hospitality (from USD 20)

Outstanding hospitality—that’s what guests say about Munkh, the host for this private yurt in Ulaanbaatar. He is offering a private room and guarantees cleanliness. He’s assured of this because his mother handles the chores herself. Munkh offers transport from the airport and train station and promises an interesting Mongolian menu every day. There seems to be no shortage of hospitality in this part of Mongolia. Your host also offers assistance with tours in the city and other places of interest.

Stayed at this property?
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
5.89 km (3.7 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
172 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ger was comfortable and warm with the fireplace in middle
the bed was comfortable and we really enjoyed learning the traditional mongolian way of living
Cleanliness:
clean cozy and welcoming
the place is cozy and clean
munkh's ger was a great place and clean and comfortable enough for me
munkh’s mom always made sure that my ger room is warm and clean a warm-hearted and hardworking housewife
complete with wood stoves simple no running water arrangements and clean comfortable outhouse
Host:
munkh is a great host
munkh is an amazing host
the host was extremely friendly and helpful
munkh is a good host
both are very good hosts
Location:
this location is a perfect getaway from the city
just to get around the bus is perfect 500 mnt per ride
great stay at munkh's place in ulaanbaatar
she always helped me like buying bus tickets looking around some museums with her guide and so on
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6. Hospitable quarters in Hatgal (from USD 30)

Your host, Mona has a heartwarming story to share. The Mongolian tent or ger in Hatgal on offer is actually a passion project of hers. Mona helped a family to purchase a new ger after their home burned down. When you book this accommodation you’ll be helping a family earn a living. In return, you can expect excellent Mongolian hospitality. Hatgal (Khatgal) is a charming village near the vicinity of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country. It is quiet and peaceful and patches of wildness await whenever you step out of your nomadic dwelling.

Stayed at this property?
Hatgal, Khövsgöl, Mongolia
562.86 km (349.8 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
4 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

7. Traditional accommodations far from the city (from USD 55)

Exotic camping—that is how your host, Sukhee describes the experience awaiting you at Kharkhorin. This ancient city on the Silk Road was Genghis Khan’s capital –the very place where he ruled the Mongol Empire. When you go to Kharkhorin be prepared to leave modern living behind. The space you will be renting is the home of Sukhee and his wife. Aside from the Mongolian tent home or yurt where you will be staying, another yurt is also accessible to guests. There, you can observe dairy production, which is the family’s livelihood. The nearest restaurant and fast food chain is quite a distance away so you will learn to appreciate the meals prepared for you.

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Kharkhorin, Uvurkhangai, Mongolia
314.96 km (195.8 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
14 reviews   Wifi Available
Shared room in yurt 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the ger is spacious and clean
Host:
sukhee and his son’s are very kind and his wife puujee's traditional mongolian meal is very delicious
most amazing place and very friendly family the food is very good :)thanks again
we had a great experience at sukhee's the once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience
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8. Modern rental inside a new yurt complex (from USD 30)

Yurts in Olgii are affordable, charming, and comfortable. The private room is located within a new yurt complex in Bayan-Ulgii. Your host, Pyerizat offers comfortable lodgings and access to the kitchen, if you want to cook your own meals. Aside from basic essentials, you can expect hot water and ironing and washing services. WiFi is available if you want to stay connected with family and friends back home.

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Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia
1244.23 km (773.2 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
5 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 4 Beds 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
bathroom and shower were both kept clean
Host:
excellent value and the host was very helpful even giving me a ride a couple times
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9. Resort facilities near Khamar Monastery (from USD 30)

This facility is proud of its five-star ratings from all previous guests. No wonder Nomin, your host is proud to offer the resort in Sainshand in Dornogovi Province. Private rooms are available in public areas for meals. The location is about half an hour’s drive from the Sainshand train station. The host will be there to pick you up and bring you to your temporary home in Mongolia. Since the resort is only 2 km (1.24 mi) from Khamar Monastery, which is one of the must-visit monasteries in Mongolia, you should take up the host’s offer of touring the famous landmark.

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Urgun, Dornogovi, Mongolia
452.17 km (281.0 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
4 reviews   Wifi Available
Yurt 0 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the ger is spacious and clean and had the basic things we needed
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10. Comfy yurt featuring a skylight (from USD 60)

Those looking for an authentic Mongolian yurt stay experience will enjoy their time at this Airbnb offered by a nomadic family. Though it is ideally suited for two guests, the yurt is kid-friendly too and offers the use of children’s books and toys, kid’s tableware, and more. You will also enjoy participating in the daily activities of the nomadic family. This pet-friendly yurt is fully furnished and offers two comfy beds, storage and plenty of space to move around. The hosts also offer breakfast and lovely views can be had from the yurt camping site. Horseriding is a popular activity at this property.

Stayed at this property?
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
5.1 km (3.2 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
144 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 10 Beds 10 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the stay at oyuntsetsegs winter yurt was more than comfortable
the bed is nice fire warm and enough space to stretch out and rest
as oyuntsetseg says if you want modern comforts you can always stay in one of her apartments
she even cooked a great dinner and breakfast for us complete with fresh yak milk
Cleanliness:
my private ger was clean and serene
the ger was warm and clean and the beds were very comfortable
the ger was clean airy and ver comfortable
we spent 1 night in a gert which was very clean and comfortable beds
place was clean and sanitation is good
Host:
oyuntsetseg was a great host
oyuna was a fantastic host
oyuntsetseg was friendly and always made sure we were ok
oyuntsetseg was very kind and helpful
she is good host but also she is best guide
Location:
the location is great - not too far from the city but surrounded by beautiful scenery and animals
it is still a good location
the shower and outhouse are a short and safe walk away
once we finally got out there the location was amazing
it was the best decision to stay at oyuntsetsegs winter place
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11. Simple accommodation for a nomadic lifestyle (from USD 40)

Your host, Dashdulamsuren offers a Mongolian yurt for your own particular use at a reasonable daily rate. Guests enjoy the privacy of their own ger, which can accommodate as many as 10 people. This offer works only for intrepid travelers who want to experience nomadic life as it is. Luxury is an unfamiliar word in a traditional ger, and even basic modern amenities are absent. Nevertheless, a traditional setting allows for sharing of food and daily chores.

The meals will be adequate, and you will get a chance to milk cows and make dairy products. If you’re not keen on helping out, then it’s alright to just sit back and relax, and take in the Terelj countryside.

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Terelj, Töv, Mongolia
41.95 km (26.1 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
6 reviews   Wifi Available
Yurt 10 Beds 10 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Host:
dashka’s parents and her daughter are very kind and thoughtful
the family always smile and be helpful for everything
but that's all part of the adventure dashka was so kind to us and speaks great english
Location:
it is a good place for vacation
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12. Exciting yurt stay for an immersive domestic life

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which is one of the best places for nature lovers in Mongolia, is a rock climbing destination located 37 kilometres (23 miles) away from Ulaanbaatar. The mountains and rivers beckon tourists to trade the hustle and bustle of city life for a simpler one. Superhost Munkhbaatar (Mogi) invites you and your friends to stay with a family of herders in a shared room that accommodates as many as six people. The simplicity of the ger and its surroundings could be a good antidote to a stressful and often monotonous routine. You’ll have opportunities to interact with locals, assist in collecting wood, and help see to domesticated sheep, cows, and horses. For the adventurous type, the yurt can serve as your starting point for custom tours in the national park.

Stayed at this property?
Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
46.41 km (28.9 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
36 reviews  
Shared room in yurt 3 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ger while semi rugged is pretty comfortable
i got to swim in a clear river fun horse riding session and bonfire under the stars
Host:
mogi is a great host
mogi was a perfect host he took care of everything
he was so kind and took care of all
thanks for the kind host family
mogi is one of the best host you can ever asked for
Location:
the location is beautiful
the location is fantastic and the animals are friendly
i had an amazing time at munkhbataar's place
excellent value in a beautiful place
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13. Unforgettable stay experience with a local herdsman and his family (from USD 27)

When you fly from Ulaanbaatar to Uvurkhagai (Övörkhangai) Province you will notice the contrast between the bustling capital city and the peaceful province to the south immediately. Your host is Bayarmaa and she has arranged for a shared room that can accommodate as many as six guests. The traditional Mongolian tent house or ger that you’ll be living in is the home of Ochir and Tsegi. Ochir is a herdsman of the picturesque Orkhon Valley. Nearby is a cliff and a waterfall is within walking distance. In July, there’s a highly celebrated felt-making festival. If you book the yurt at other times of the year, you can look forward to hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and cooking sessions with the family.

Stayed at this property?
Khujirt, Uvurkhangai, Mongolia
369.88 km (229.9 mi) from Gandantegchinlen Monastery
32 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Shared room in yurt 6 Beds 10 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Host:
the nomadic family was so very kind and helpful
if you want to stay with real mongolian family highly recommend every one is very kind and nice
Location:
the place is quite far from ub but it's worth it
we loved the food ger location and country side
overall a wonderful and welcoming family in a beautiful location with lots to do
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Book a yurt today

Nomadic tribes have been thriving in the steppes for thousands of years. Any vacation in Mongolia isn’t complete without experiencing the lifestyle of the locals. So stay in a traditional yurt or ger to experience a life so far removed from the daily grind of urban living.

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