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Come and immerse yourself in the beauty of Central and Western Mongolia, and experience the way of the locals, guided by a native of the land. This is a very special opportunity to explore the endless grasslands, stunning vistas, and spiritual snow-capped mountains. On this unique yoga and sightseeing tour, something magical awaits you every day!
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You will be staying at a three-star hotel in Ulaabaatar for three nights. The rooms are based on twin sharing. For the rest of the tour, you will be provided accommodations in ger camps, with two or four people sharing.
Ger camps are a traditional style of hotels in the country. Ger camps usually consist of seven to 20 comfortable gers containing two to four beds each. It is a cylindrical tent made up of wooden lattice structure and covered with waterproof wool, felt, or other protective materials.
Ger has one door and two main support poles in the middle which are attached to a roof and stove. The roof is also used for ventilation, while the stove in the middle of the ger provides heat on some colder nights. Ger camps often have restaurants and souvenir shops or some entertainment spaces, and most camps are equipped with toilets and showers facilities.
Whether you practice yoga or not, this tour will allow you to get in touch with your body and connect with your natural rhythm. Across the tour, you will be practicing yoga and meditation every day in the breathtaking Mongolian scenery, followed by a range of exciting and unique cultural activities.
You will be able to visit nomads and Kazak people, explore historical and cultural sites, attend the Golden eagles festival, go horse riding, drink fermented mare's milk, try out local dishes, play traditional games, enjoy traditional folklore performances, witness shamanic rituals, sleep in traditional homes (ger), learn about Mongolian history, and trek in the vast wilderness.
This is the official first day of the tour. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tour of Ulaanbaatar City. Your first stop is a department store in Ulaanbaatar where you can have money exchanged, buy toiletries and a SIM card, or relax at one of the metropolitan cafes. Next, you will visit Gandan Monastery (the largest in Ulaanbaatar), the National Museum of Mongolia, and Chinggis Main Square.
In the evening, you can join the welcoming dinner at a traditional Mongolian cuisine restaurant and get to know your fellow travelers and the host. You will stay overnight in a three-star hotel, breakfast included. Steppeyoga offers free transportation between the airport and the hotel on your arrival. Also, it is recommended that you arrive at least one day before the tour.
In the morning, you will be driven to the Terelj National Park, which is 60 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar City. Terelj National Park is popular for its scenic valleys and forested hills with a winding river and groves of trees and wild flowers. After you arrive to the ger camp, you will do the opening welcoming ceremony and yoga meditation practice.
In the afternoon, you will explore the stunning scenery of Terelj National Park Turtle Rock formation. There will be an opportunity for a one-hour horse ride. It will be an overnight stay to at the ger camp, and meals for the whole day are provided.
You will start the day with morning yoga and meditation while enjoying the stunning scenery of Terelj National Park that is surrounded by granite rocky hills. In the afternoon, you will visit the Aryabal Buddhist meditation center temple.
The temple has many interesting features, such as its 108-step stairway designed for meditation and reflection and symbolizes an elephant’s trunk. The pathway and the temple itself are lined with the dharma or Buddhist teachings. It will be an overnight stay too at the ger camp and meals for the whole day are provided.
After breakfast, you will drive to Hustai National Park, and on the way, you will see the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. The Chiggis Khaan Statue Complex is the world's largest statue of a rider on a horse, showing Chinggis Khaan with a golden whip in his hand gazing into the distance. There, you will get a chance to practice yoga and meditation to absorb this historical land and the historical man’s energy.
Later in the afternoon, you will continue the drive to Hustai National Park. Note that this is a bit of a driving day, but it is going to be worth it. You will stay overnight sat the ger camp, and meals for the whole day are provided.
You will start with a morning practice of yoga and meditation in the wild Hustai National Park. Hustai Park is home to the Blue Wolf, Mongolian Gazeley, Lynx, Argali sheep, and deer, to name a few. It is well known for its wild horse, the Przewalksii horse.
It also has many other hidden treasures to explore, including rock formations, patches of large birch forests, and remains of Neolithic graves from the Stone Age. You will again spend the night at the ger camp, and meals for the whole day are provided.
After a beautiful morning routine in Hustai National Park, you will take your time to do some hiking, reading, and journaling. Later in the afternoon, you will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. You will spend a night in a three-star hotel, with breakfast the next day.
You will meet in Ulaanbaatar hotel and fly to the Ulgii capital of the Bayan-Ulgii province, Ulgii. The flight takes three and a half hours, and on arrival, a local driver will take you to ger camp where you will have lunch. You will have a chance to explore the surroundings of the ger camp. You will practice evening yoga and rest up. It will be an overnight stay at the ger camp, and meals for the whole day are provided.
After a beautiful nourishing yoga session and meditation in the magical Western Mongolian landscape, you will leave for the Golden Eagle Festival where you will get a chance to see the Kazakh eagle hunters. The eagle hunting festival offers a fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers to experience a unique and magical disappearing culture.
There are approximately 300 eagle hunters that gather to compete at the festival. There are several disciplines that are designed to show off the skills of both of the birds and their trainers. Prizes are awarded for speed, agility, and accuracy, as well as for best traditional Kazakh dress. The ger camp will be your home for the night, and meals for the whole day are provided.
Starting with morning yoga, you will take your time to do some hiking, reading, and journaling, and then later in the afternoon, you will take the opportunity to visit the Kazak nomadic people and explore and learn about their lifestyle which will help you get an understanding of the difference between central and western Mongolian traditions. You will stay overnight at the ger camp, and meals for the whole day are provided.
After your last meditation and breakfast session, you will head back to civilization in Ulaanbaatar City and gather for a group farewell dinner. Before or after the dinner, you will enjoy a spectacular traditional dance and music performance where you will have a chance to be enchanted by sounds of Huumii throat singing and Morin huuri or the horse fiddle. You will stay at an Ulaanbaatar hotel on your last night, with breakfast and lunch.
This is a free day. Steppeyoga can help you organize your shopping visits, museum tours, and your taxi ride back to the airport.
Selenge was born in a small town called Khuder, in the northeast of Mongolia. She moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2010 and the beautiful country provided her with many challenges. During this time, she discovered yoga, a practice that she has fallen in love with and has helped her through many difficult times. The passion that she feels for yoga led her to embark on teacher training in Indonesia and India, and from there, she created the Steppe Yoga Tour that she ran for the first time in Mongolia in 2014.
This yoga retreat will take place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia is one of the few countries in the world that has preserved its ancient culture, and this is evident in the 20 ethnic groups that reside all over the country. The majority of land is still owned by the government, which means there are no private properties or fences after you leave the city. Once you enter the countryside, you are free to explore and camp anywhere you please.
Across this yoga tour, you will be discovering Central and Western Mongolia’s beauty. The main highlight of this tour is attending the Golden Eagle Festival, also known as Eagle Hunting Festival or the Burgediin Bayar, a festival that is uniquely Mongolian and unparalleled in the world. Eagles have been used by the nomadic Kazak people of the Ulgii Provence for centuries.
Steeped in Mongolian culture and tradition this festival will allow you to experience part of Mongolia that is remarkably different to the rest of the country. After the festival, you will have a chance to explore the stunning Western Mongolian Altai mountain ranges, picturesque glaciers, lakes, ancient rock paintings, and breathtaking mountains.
Before heading out to Western Mongolia for the festival, you will get a taste of Central Mongolia where you will witness the wild Przewalski horse and some other famous Mongolian landmarks in stunning national parks.
During this yoga retreat, you will be served daily meals as specified in the itinerary. You will be served traditional breakfast, as well as vegetarian lunch and dinner daily. You will participate in unique culinary experiences and have a taste of Khorkhog or Mongolian barbecue, fermented mare’s milk, dried curd, and Mongolian cheese. If you have special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to say it beforehand when making a reservation.