The steppes of Mongolia is dry and flat, and often deals 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—a portable home 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 landscape. The design and structure of the Mongolian yurt have not changed for thousands of years. While still following the basic design, contemporary yurts have abided by the times and offer modern comforts. Your adventures in Central Asia should start in a self-supporting yurt made from a latticework of wood. Check out our list of some of the best yurts in Mongolia.
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.
Nomad Family Homestay
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park 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.
Yurt stay, horse riding, locals, Terelj natl park
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 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 farm hand. Be prepared to work with domesticated animals if you have nothing else planned and doing dairy work in Mongolia is in your bucket list.
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Outstanding hospitality—that’s what guests say about Munkh, the host for this private ger accommodation. 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 Ulaanbaatar. Your host also offers assistance for tours in the city and other places of interest.
Ger /Traditional dwelling/Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsvery cozy homethe ger is very comfortable and warm7) to their homethe ger was comfortable and warm with the fireplace in middlethe ger has an outhouse and an outside shower and there is no running waterespecially cooking with his sister was very, very nice!the family was lovely and we really enjoyed our stayi was delighted and blessed by my experiencetheir yurt is absolutely clean and you definitely won't be hungry
Host:you also sleep with the family, to let other foreigners knowthis ger and the hosts are so wonderfulthey cooked me delicious dinner and were very helpfulthe host was extremely friendly and helpfulthe host family are all nice and friendlyRead more reviewsthe location is not closed to city centreyou get to live the ger life firsthandthis is a true opportunity to experience life in a ulaan bataar ger districtthis location is a perfect getaway from the citythe location is near bus stops, and munkh will spend time taking us to the bus stops and show us around the central
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 ger 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.
Nomadic stay at Orkhon ValleyUvurkhangai, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsI have stayed in this Ger for 3 nights I could know how the local people live with their knowledgethe main meals will be provided for by the familyThe Ger tent and nomadic experience offered by Bayarmaa at her relatives' place is the most authentic experience that we had in our stay in four different Ger tents across MongoliaAn advice to a fellow visitor to this listing would be to certainly carry enough water toilet paper snacksThe communication with Bayarmaa both before and after the reservation was impeccableI can't forget that I crossed the Orkhon river by horse riding
Host:The Nomadic family was so very kind and helpfulA true deep and strong nomad experienceThis stay exceeded our expectations The family were lovely and welcoming and the food was amazingEvery one is very kind and niceA member of the family also drove us around the Orkhon valley to see the river waterfall volcanic rock beds and bronze age graves - all incredible sites Overall a wonderful and welcoming fami...Read more reviewsA really great nomadic homestayand it is even better if you speak a bit of Mongoliangoats and horses and other daily businessThe place is quite far from UBThe authenticity of this nomadic experience and the country life in Mongolia is such that one should not expect the usual distractions and luxuries of a normal Airbnb but be open minded for some ...
Your host, Mona has a heartwarming story to share. The 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.
Support locals not big tourist places: private GerHatgal, Khövsgöl, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsIt was very cozy and comfortableWe stayed at Mona's Ger again after our six day horse trek because we enjoyed our last stay so muchRead more reviews
Host:Daava could help us with all of our questions and was able to organize a horse trek for us Definitely recommend staying hereeasy and quick The camp and Daava who runs the camp are great too (the Wifi is really bad though)We can also recommend the horse trek to the Bulnai hot springs that Daava organized for us
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 yurt where you will be staying, another yurt is 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.
Live like a nomad! (food, horseriding and fun)Kharkhorin, Uvurkhangai, Mongolia
Top guest reviewseverything was the once-in-a-life type of thingI still rate the place highThey have 2 beds in one gerwe expected a smoother ride and someone who accommodated us instead of making personal stopsgo to the bathroom wherever you can find privacyThe ger is spacious and clean
Host:he was always kind and made us smile:)He brought us to airport at midnightHe brought us around grassland riding horseAll food she made was soooo deliciouswe left with more unanswered questions than when we arrivedRead more reviewsAirbnb listing is not managed by Sukheebut this is how nomadic families live todaythe driver does NOT SPEAK ENGLISHEither that or normal personality/human likeness played a role but he got to do way more than I did Also a place to wash faceAt first I hesitated the way of life because it was completely different from daily life in cities
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.
Yurts in OlgiiBayan-Ulgii, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsI did a tour with Pyerizat and discovered that I basically paid double the amount other travelers were paying Not happy about that and not everything we agreed to was delivered to me
Host:We met her family and village and even got to stay overnight with a local eagle hunter and his family Peka was always accomodating despite last minute changes to our itinerary and always ensured ...Pyerizat works hard to make sure you are taken care ofGood communication with use by emailwe really felt like we had a true taste of Mongolian hospitality and cultureThis is a nice ger and good valueRead more reviewsNot only was it a lot more expensive but things seemed to be organized last minuteand then when we got there by phone facilities were very goodIf you are just looking for a ger
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, you should take up the host’s offer of touring the famous landmark.
Gers 4 beds- Khamar monastery- Dornogobi SainshandUrgun, Dornogovi, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsThey offer a tour to surrounding sites that is interesting and affordableRead more reviews
Host:and they serve tasty Mongolian food (paid seperatly)We traveled with our small boy and needed some adjustments which was no problem at allThe ger is spacious and clean and had the basic things we needed Very friendly people
Your host, Dashdulamsuren offers an entire yurt for your own particular use for 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.
Real nomadic life of MongoliaTerelj, Töv, Mongolia
Top guest reviewsI feel comfortable in the GERclimb the turtle rock hereThis of course meant sleeping on rather hard beds and using the restroom in a hole in the ground outhouseBy the way you can ride the horseWe felt being treated like friends and it felt good
Host:was so kind to us and speaks great Englishhelp her mom to milkThey are both beautiful persons very curious about us and very happy to their customs with usThe host reply me very quickso I did not see her but her family are very kindly to me even though I can't speak MogolianRead more reviewsIt is a good place for vacation
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Nomadic tribes have been thriving in the steppes of Mongolia for thousands of years. Stay in a traditional yurt or ger to experience a life so far removed from the daily grind of urban living. You will enjoy every minute of your stay.
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