Nowadays Ulaanbaatar has a good choice of accommodation, ranging from cheap guest houses to expensive hotels of international standard. We have chosen the "CONTINENTAL" ✯✯✯ Hotel which is close to the city centre. If you prefer to stay in a different hotel you are welcome to arrange it yourself, but the tour will start and finish at the hotel "Continental".
Elsewhere in the country there aren't many hotels, but in the most important places visited by tourists, there are Ger camps. The round white felt Gers ("Yurts" in Russian) which are the traditional homes of Central Asian nomads, provide comfortable and authentic accommodation in the most beautiful locations. In very remote areas there are no facilities of any kind so we take our own tents and kitchen, camping out in the wild. Truly an exciting experience for the adventurous traveler.
"To suit our guests’ needs, our hotel has been providing services that is second to none. It starts with location and space. Like no other large hotels, Continental promises specious rooms & the advantage of central location among main urban public, business & entertainment activities, but offers privacy and tranquility for good rest after a long day."
We have chosen the "Continental" HOTEL for your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. It is situated only 10 minutes walk from Genghis Khan Square in the city centre. Being on the southern side of the city centre, we can usually avoid driving in the worst traffic congestion when heading for the airport or getting in and out of the city.
Our guests have enjoyed the smart three star "Continental" Hotel for many years; it has a business centre, a gym and a good restaurant where a nice buffet style breakfast is served every morning. The hotel has a free of charge luggage store service for the guests.
Included in the price of your tour is the hotel accommodation for your arrival night and the last night when you arrive back in Ulaanbaatar. You will share a twin "Standard" room with your friend / partner or another person in our tour group. Single rooms are available if ordered in advance and there will be a single supplement charge.
A "GER" is the traditional home of the nomadic people of Mongolia. In the most important and beautiful locations ger camps are set up during the summer to provide accommodation for tourists.
Nowadays most people know what a Central Asian Ger or yurt looks like as they have been exported all over the world. A "GER" is a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.
The structure comprises a steam-bent compression wheel, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall. The frame is covered by layers of fabric and sheep's wool felt for insulation and weatherproofing.
Some camps have electricity, which might be just an electric light powered by a generator, or in some cases there may be an electric plug where you would be able to recharge cameras, phones and other electrical equipment.
There is a restaurant where a fixed menu is served, often European style food. There are showers, washing and toilet facilities. In most camps the water is heated by solar power or by lighting a fire, so it's not hot 24 hours a day and not very powerful.
The ger camps are all privately owned and staffed mainly by local people. Standards and services vary a lot, which is part of the beauty of this kind of accommodation as no two ger camps are the same. The number of gers ranges from just a few to perhaps a hundred in the largest ger camps.
Inside the ger will usually be a wood-burning stove, a small table and stools and two or more beds. The layout is the same as in a nomad's home.
Building The Main Frame
The lattice wall pieces (usually 5 sections) are stretched out into a circle and tied together using leather rope.
Cover With Felt and Canvas
The felt insulation, made from sheep's wool, is wrapped around the walls and then covered with the outer white canvas.
The Crown of the Roof (Centre Ring)
The Mongolian ger has two columns to support the crown and roof poles, which are painted according to Buddhist symbolism.
The Portable Home of Nomads
The Mongolian ger can be easily moved from place to place, being taken down or re-erected in a couple of hours.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys camping, you will love the experience of camping in Mongolia. This is a wonderful escape from the busy, noisy world in which many of us live.
The tents we provide are high performance Vango "Storm 300" or Force 10 "Baltoro", able to withstand Mongolia's unpredictable weather conditions. You will share with the same person that you shared with at the hotel, except if you have paid the single supplement. Sometimes there's a communal mess tent, but it depends on the group size and weather conditions.
On camping tours we take our own cook. There will be a table and chairs set up at meal times and the cook serves three good meals a day, plus snacks and drinks. The food will usually be European or Asian style. The menu is fixed and it's not possible to ask for a different meal if you require a special diet, since time and facilities are limited.
If possible we make camp near to a river or lake so that there is water for washing, but we can't always manage that so you have to be prepared for no washing facilities (bring wet wipes). The staff will dig a pit latrine with a wind shelter / screen nearby. That's all the washing and toilet facilities, in other words eco-friendly and non-luxurious.