With its rugged landscape, nomadic culture and untouched wildernesses, Mongolia provides the ultimate destination for those looking to get back to basics. As a leading provider of Trans-Siberian Rail Cruises, we often encourage people to take the time to visit this stunning country.
For those continuing their journey into Mongolia, a stay in a traditional ger camp should certainly be on the itinerary. These traditional tents are often the very first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this vast and beautiful country. Here are 5 reasons why you should stay in a Mongolian ger camp on your upcoming trip.
Experience nomadic life first-hand
A ger is an authentic, circular-shaped dwelling that has been an important aspect of nomadic life for all Mongolians for millennia. Adventure travel writer Nellie Huang explains on her blog WildJunket:
“For over 3000 years, the Mongolian ger has been used by the nomads who constantly move from place to place in search of better pasture for their livestock. Today, many of them are still roaming the vast steppe and living the way their ancestors have done. It continues to be an important part of the Mongolian culture and heritage.”
Gers first emerged in the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in history, during the 13th and 14th centuries. However, gers aren’t confined to the history books. Around 50% of the country’s population still call these traditional tents their homes.
Explore incredible landscapes and wildlife
The chance to explore Mongolia’s vast, rugged and untouched landscapes is right on your doorstep when staying in a ger camp. There are countless tourist and family ger camps situated throughout Mongolia, including in many of their national parks (the most popular being Terelj National Park). This offers visitors the opportunity to hop from ger camp to ger camp and explore Mongolia in all its glory.
Enjoy a simpler way of life
Exploring Mongolia is all about slowing down the pace and savouring the serenity that comes so naturally to the country. A trip to Mongolia is the ultimate escape from modern life, and the accommodation and facilities available at ger camps reflect this. Simplicity is king here, and whilst most tourist camps are equipped with toilets, shower blocks and electricity, the individual tents are cosy, comfortable and uncomplicated.
Become a part of the community
Whilst your days in the ger camp are sure to be spent exploring the peaceful wilderness that surrounds it, evenings are very much communal affairs. Dinner is usually served in a large central ger and followed by traditional entertainment such as Mongolian throat singing performances. The evenings offer the perfect opportunity to not only kick back and relax but mingle with the locals and fellow travellers.
Fall in love with local cuisine
Mongolian food personifies the word ‘hearty’ and there’s nothing better than returning to your ger camp after a long day’s trekking and enjoying a meal of mutton and potatoes or filled dumplings. Whilst many mainstream ger camps are situated close to hotels for easy access to restaurants, many take a more traditional route to catering for their guests. This gives you the chance to enjoy traditional cuisine in stunning surroundings.
Mongolia has so many great things to see and to do – a particular highlight being the Naadam Festival – but staying in a ger camp certainly tops the list for those looking for a truly authentic stay.