Guru Camp

Ger Camp in Mongolia

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Many people in Mongolia still live in traditional ger tents – easily assembled circular wooden structures with an iron-stove in the middle. Located in Terelj National Park just a few hours drive from Ulaanbaatar, Guru Camp is one of several ger camps where tourists can experience this unique nomadic lifestyle. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. Rocky outcrops of marble dot the fairway-like landscape, framed by picturesque forests. Take the opportunity to rent a small, but fast local horse and gallop into the hills.

Length of Trip : 2-3 days

Cost :
Tour operators offer tours from Ulaanbaator. Budget around US$145 per person per night, including full board and transportation.

Best time to go : June to August, when the weather is most agreeable

Wheelchair friendly : Not recommended.

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
A large on-site ger restaurant serves European and Mongolian dishes. Try the "khorkhog", a barbecue dish of lamb or goat, cooked with hot stones. Also, if you get the chance to drink fermented horse milk (airag) with a local, take it. You'll probably gag and it will strip your tonsils, but the bragging rights are priceless.

Official Site :
Guru Camp
Pony Trekking in Mongolia

Where to Stay :
Guru Camp has 30 traditional gers with 100 beds. Tourist facilities include 6 clean toilets, 6 showers and permanent electricity. The camp location gives easy accessibility to the Gunj Temple, Turtle Rock, Arayabala Meditation Temple and nomadic herdsmen.

Getting There :
Transportation is usually included in the price with a local operator. The camp is located about 65km east of the capital, Ulaanbaator.

Note from Robin :
Lots of cool stuff to do when you get to the camp. Check out and scramble about the weirdly shaped Turtle Rock. The camp has a traditional archery pitch where you can join the colourfully dressed locals for a demonstration. You can visit a nearby nomadic family, go for long walks into the countryside, stargaze at night, and ride spirited horses (which cost around $5 an hour). If you're looking for the Mongolian BBQ you know from back home, you'll be disappointed to learn that it's largely a Western invention, with the most popular BBQ restaurant in Ulaanbaator part of a US chain.