What to expect in Mongolian ger camps
What to expect in Mongolian ger camps Ulaanbaatar Reviews
The right expectations ensure a great trip! Aug 22, 2011
- Mattresses will be hard as a rock. Some pillows will be too.
- Most camps do not have 24 hour of electricity. There will be a light bulb of some sort and an electrical socket in your ger, but they won’t work all the time. Bring a flashlight and plenty of batteries, also for your camera.
- Do not expect cold drinks in a camp that doesn’t have 24 hours of electricity.
- There will always be toilets and showers, but chances are there is no warm water. If there is warm water, it won’t be there for the entire day. Ask the staff for the best time to take a shower.
In most camps, warm water means that it is a bit less cold. The water pressure in the showers will be very bad, don’t use too much shampoo, it will take ages to wash it out. In water that is a bit less cold…
- It will be cold at night, also in the summer months. In the Gobi desert, the provided blankets will be enough (but bring an extra warm pajama just in case). In the other areas the gers will have a wooden stove and fire wood. The staff can help you to light it, you can even ask them to come by your ger and light the stove while you’re still in bed. That way the ger will be warm when you wake up.
- Bring plenty of clothes that you can wear in layers. In the summer months there can be cold days, wet days and very warm days. Be prepared for everything.
- There will be dust everywhere. If you wear contact lenses, wear large sunglasses.
- The camps will all have a restaurant, but there will not be a menu. They will serve a three course meal of whatever is available, the same goes for breakfast.
Sometimes the food will be great, at other times it is a bit disappointing. It is unlikely you will get many vegetables. There will be noodles, rice and lots of mutton. The dessert is always a chocolate candy bar of some sort.
- If you are a vegetarian, you have a serious problem in Mongolia. If you stay in the capital Ulaanbaatar, you can probably get by if you closely check a travel guide like Lonely Planet. If you stay in ger camps you won’t have a choice of the food that is put in front of you.
I am a vegetarian myself (for ten years) and I chose to eat meat during the trip. If you decide to do the same: start practicing eating beef (chicken and pork are easier to digest, but beef is what they mostly serve in Mongolia) at least on a couple occasions in the weeks prior to going to Mongolia. If you get a stomach ache, go to the doctor and discuss it.
I didn’t get a stomach ache, but make sure you bring pills just in case. If you aren’t used to digesting meat and start eating it during your stay in Mongolia, this may seriously ruin your trip.
- Sometimes a camp has laundry service, but check if they have a dryer. It won’t be unusual if you ask to get your clothes washed to have it ready the next day and end up with a pile of soaking wet clothes when you want to leave.
Part of the Mongolia 2011 travel blog
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