What is a ger?
A Ger is a portable round house uniquely suited to the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle and climate. It is warm in winter and cool in summer owing to the excellent insulation properties of the felt and canvas walls. The Ger consists of a circular wooden frame and a felt cover made from the wool of the flocks of sheep that accompany the nomads. The timber to make the external structure is not to be found on the treeless steppes, and must be traded for in the valleys below. The frame consists of one or more lattice wall-sections, a door-frame, roof poles and a crown. Some styles of Ger have one or more columns to support the crown. Depending on availability, the felt is additionally covered with canvas and the frame is held together with one or more ropes or ribbons. The structure is kept under compression by the weight of the covers, sometimes supplemented by a heavy weight hung from the center of the roof. They vary regionally, with straight or bent roof-poles, different sizes, and relative weight.
What is a ger camp?
Stepperiders Ger camp is Green Eco Camp is a place where tourists can experience living in a Ger. A Ger in a Ger camp is the same construction and furniture as a family Ger. The beds, table, stools, and stove are all the same. However the tourist Ger won’t have the objects of daily Mongolian life: cooking pots, food, saddles and bridles, dishware and utensils. Also, there is no altar in a tourist Ger. Tourist Gers can fit 4 beds around the perimeter, whereas the traditional family Ger in the countryside has two. Stepperiders have 10 Gers for visitors. Each Ger can accommodate 4 people.
What can I do at Stepperiders Ger camp?
- go for a horseback ride
- play a game of Frisbee or fly a kite with the family
- go for a walk
- take a nap
- read a book
- enjoy the warm and peaceful atmosphere
- help prepare meals and learn about Mongolian food eat food
- help us with our daily activities, such as repairing bridles or caring for the horses