Where to stay in Mongolia
Once you leave Ulaan Baatar behind, there are relatively limited accommodation options in Mongolia. Most travel companies use a network of large ger (yurt) camps which offer relative comfort (although often with shared bathroom facilities). However we tend to avoid these as they get very busy and noisy in the school holidays and aspects of the stay (for example, the cultural shows in the evening) can be a little contrived.
In our experience most people choose to visit Mongolia to enjoy the vast and remote landscapes and this can best be experienced by staying in much smaller (quieter) properties. We therefore tend to suggest a mixture of wild-camping (where you really are out in the wilds), small private ger camps operated by local families (often with just one ger, or sometimes a handful) and local hotels.
On all of our tours you will be accompanied by a Mongolian driver and trip assistant. They will decide where is a suitable spot to camp (finding the best view is often a key consideration!) and the trip assistant will then help with setting everything up. You will have two person tents (good quality UK Vango tents) and a simple sleeping mat and small pillow are provided. You will need to either bring your own sleeping bag or one can be provided locally.
In addition to your sleeping tent, we will also provide a kitchen tent (where the assistant will prepare your meals) and a toilet tent. This is essentially just a tent that will cover a hole in the ground that the driver will dig for you. It’s a loo-with-a-view!
On any trip, you will expect to spend several nights in a traditional ger (yurt). These circular insulated tents are lovely and warm but facilities are limited. Toilets are outside the ger and are squat style, and there are usually no showers. Some ger camps are situated relatively close to a small town where there might be a town shower house. Here you can do-as-the-locals-do and get a private cubicle with plenty of hot water.
We will give specific details of the facilities in our detailed itineraries.
If this sounds too simple, in some areas we can arrange more comfortable ger camps, but as mentioned above, these can be very busy and quite noisy during peak travel periods (such as school holidays).
Sometimes (depending on the itinerary) we will include a few nights in a small provincial hotel. These will be simple, but you will have your own room with private en suite facilities.
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
Mongolia in pictures
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