Home Stay with a Mongolian Herder Family
In the Darkhid Valley, our horseback riding expedition staging area, you can also stay with a local herder family in their guest ger (yurt) and experience real herder life. We assist local community members in accommodating visitors and help with arranging overnight or multi-day home stays with these families.
Your hosts, Yadmaa and Davaasuren of the Darkhid Community will serve you authentic Mongolian herder meals including homemade yogurts and traditional milk and cheese products. They also cater for vegetarians.
The real Mongolian Herder Experience
If you want to get into the real experience, you can help milk cows, herd sheep and goats and take a short horse ride with Yadmaa as he looks after their livestock.
For relaxing and enjoying the natural scenery, the forests and surrounding hills are great for walking or mountain biking and afford wonderful views of the area.
The Darkhid Valley is located about one and a half hour’s drive from Ulaanbaatar, and a visit there is a nice way to spend a few days getting to know local families in the countryside of Mongolia and helping to improve local incomes through your stay.
This is a great short stay experience in Mongolia for those traveling through on the Trans Siberian Railway and who want to spend just a few days taking in a new country, meeting local people and learning about a way of life.
Booking a Ger Stay
Contact Stone Horse Expeditions to book Your Ger Stay.
The Ger Stay is available year round
From summer to late fall, it is at the summer camp site, and it moves to the foot of the mountain in the winter time, close to the winter camp and livestock shelters of the herder family.
Please see our “Train to Ger“ trips:
2 nights ger/1 night city guest house with city tour – $285.00 USD
3 nights ger/1 night city guest house with city tour – $320.00 USD
We’re happy to talk about other options for your herder family ger stay – contact us.
For Airport pick up and drop off, please add $40.00 USD to the above prices
Payment can be made with either cash or Visa credit card
Horse Riding at the Ger Stay
Horse riding while at the ger will be 10,000 MNT ($5.00 USD) per person per hour and paid directly to the herders Yadmaa and Davasuren
What Guests say about the Ger Stay
Read the travel blog with photos by Rachel Au-Yong when she spent time at the ger stay.
Want to Experience more of Mongolia?
Can we arrange more activities for you in Mongolia? Consider taking a multi-day horse ride in Gorkhi Terelj National Park after or before your home stay, or take a Gobi Desert tour. Ask us about these options. They make Your Mongolia Experience complete!