Posted by Selena Travel / 04 03, 2020
The Gobi Desert is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Mongolia. The two best times to visit Mongolia is the summer, where you can really experience the Mongolian Desert.
The vast dunes spreading out around you will put you in awe. Seeing the life that can survive in the harsh environment is exciting, and there are a number of natural features to visit. There are also fossils and tours where you can see where dinosaur eggs were first found!
The best way to experience all of this is in a traditional Mongolian yurt, or ger. These cute, round little structures have been used by nomads for centuries. They typically have a stove in the middle and a couple cozy beds inside.
You can look up at the sky through a window in the top while you’re cozy in bed. They rarely have a bathroom inside, though, so late-night bathroom trips will require you to leave your cozy ger.
Choosing a ger camp can be difficult though. Each year there are more to choose from in the Gobi region.
Here are three of the top choices for staying in a ger camp in the Gobi Desert.
This well set up camp is located near the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve. There are a number of amazing animals featured in the area, with big horned rams running over the cliffs in the area.
The nature preserve is one of many in the Gobi, but it’s one of the best ones. There are a number of streams that bring wildlife closer.
The ger camp has a restaurant with breakfast included. This is one to visit in the summer, and is relatively quiet with 14 gers in the camp. The shower ger actually has a wood-fired stove in it, keeping it nice and toasty. The owners describe it as “five-star camping at its best”.
Staying at this camp assists with conservation efforts in the area as well. They will help to organize horse, bike and camel rides in the region and can direct you to interesting hikes.
This camp is farther south in the Gobi. It’s notable for having both gers and log cabins. This camp is well appointed, and comfortable. It’s close enough to provide shelter from sandstorms that may blow through the area in the spring.
Visitors say that the view of the sand dunes is excellent. The dining area looks very interesting, with tables made from huge logs. There is plenty of outside space to lounge on and take in a view of the stars as well.
You can easily use this as a base for your Gobi Desert tour.
Featuring some of the largest gers for tourists in Mongolia, the Gobi Nomad Lodge is also located in the Southern Gobi Desert. It’s one of the most luxurious ger camps.
They have private attached bathrooms. The air conditioners inside both heat and cool the gers, making this suitable for visiting the Gobi through any seasons.
They also provide some props for some amazing photo shoots that will make you the envy of all your Instagram friends.
They also have a small gift shop. The price for alcohol is a little steeper than other ger camps. Visitors say that the camp is very remote, so make sure to bring water with you. Because its location is so remote, it’s good for getting to the Gol Valley, and the Flaming Cliffs.
Any of these ger camps are a great way to visit Mongolia. You can get the real experience, and if you’re lucky, you can try some seasonal traditional Mongolian foods.
Of course, you can find Gobi Desert Tours and see the magnificence of the Mongolian desert in person. It’s something you will never forget.