Tuul Riverside Lodge is Mongolia's best ger experience, offering a peaceful escape for city-dwellers in UB, Beijing, Hong Kong, etc, as well as a rugged outdoors experience for those seeking it.
The gers themselves are the best in Mongolia - we stayed in a deluxe family ger which featured red timber floors and three beds: one king, one twin, and one for a small child. Each featured an extremely comfortable mattress and duvet as well as a mosquito net, and there were two huge wrought iron candelabras on either side of the wood-burning stove that provided light in the evening. The stoves themselves are all custom made and the furniture in each ger is typical, traditional Mongolian.
While the bathrooms are very basic, this is the only ger camp I've been to (of about a dozen) to feature individual bathrooms with toilets and showers.
Now, the meals. This is some of the best food I have had in Mongolia. Ribs, lamb, chicken, meatballs, fresh vegetables, and delicious soups - you will forget you are staying in a camp in the wilderness. Meals are served in a communal ger and provide an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow travelers, many of whom are gathered from all over Asia and the world.
Friendly, reliable, and - most importantly - responsive service are frequent complaints among visitors to Mongolia. Suzan and her team are not just pros - they offer a sincere friendliness and warmth that is second to none. We had a small child traveling with us, and Suzan and her colleagues were quick to offer to babysit should the parents want to explore the countryside. On cooler days, staff frequently offer to start and rekindle wood fires for the stoves.
On a clear night, gaze up at literally thousands of stars on the lounges outside each ger. In the morning, rent a mountain bike, take a hike or ride a horse on the steppes, or paddle a canoe along the Tuul River. The lodge has plenty of activities, including long-bow archery.
Many have remarked on the overnight costs associated with Tuul Riverside Lodge, but all I can say is, you get what you pay for. This is by far the most comfortable ger experience one can have in Mongolia.
This is still a camp on the edge of the wilderness - wedged between a steep cliff and a several spurs of the Tuul River - and there are bound to be occasional inconveniences. But all told, when you consider the comfort of the gers, the quality of the food, the variety of activities and the outstanding staff, this is the camp to visit in Mongolia. I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tuul Riverside Lodge is a small, fully sustainable, traditional Mongolian camp surrounded by a sea of grass and rolling hills, which stretch down to the nearby River Tuul and beyond. Situated within an hour’s drive east of Mongolia’s bustling capital Ulaanbaatar, a warm, and peaceful welcome awaits you. You will stay in beautifully decorated traditional yurts, known locally as gers, with the added advantage of en suite facilities. Gers are constructed from a wooden lattice frame, 88 roof poles, and are covered with layers of felt to insulate against the harsh Mongolian climate. Both strong and reliable, they are perfect places to spend your time in Mongolia. At the Tuul Riverside Lodge there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or ability. We offer a wide range of both adventure and cultural activities, allowing you to enjoy and learn about Mongolia to the fullest. Relax around a roaring campfire and marvel as the Milky Way passes overhead. Enjoy the solitude and freedom that is Mongolia, and let your worries fade away. Given the high standards of the lodge, the beauty and tranquility of the area, and its close proximity to the city, make it the perfect place to hold small business meetings, conferences and team building activities. Whatever your needs, the Tuul Riverside Lodge is ready and able to facilitate in any way we can. We look forward to meeting you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tuul Riverside Lodge Mongolia/Gorkhi Terelj National Park