Because they are nomadic and move three to four times a year, Mongolian herders have developed a remarkable wood and wool house that can be taken apart in just a few hours and can be easily transported on a pack animal.

This called a ger (or “Yurt”), and it is remarkably cool in the summer, warm in winter, windproof and usually beautifully decorated, even though it is made from just a few basic elements.

Those who come from a world of high rise skyscrapers are often amazed that such tradition continues.  Yet the Mongolian nomad – and many city dwellers too – would have it no other way.  Many herders refuse to take up a permanent location, feeling that it would be scarilegious  to be tied to one plot of land.

The ger evolved centuries ago for the nomads who were constantly moving in search of new pastures.

Here are some photos of the gers that Amber and I encountered during my Mongolian Adventure!

First night during our Gobi Trip.  Stayed at a nomad's second Ger house.

First night during our Gobi Trip. Stayed at a nomad's second Ger house.

Rocks and various other items to help hold down the ger during windy times.

Rocks and various other items to help hold down the ger during windy times.

Amber to the left of the hearth inside the ger.  In the back of the photo is the case covering of a hand crank sewing machine.  No electricity.  We slept on the floor in our sleeping bags the first night.

Amber to the left of the hearth inside the ger. In the back of the photo is the case covering of a hand crank sewing machine. No electricity. We slept on the floor in our sleeping bags the first night.

So that was my first night in a ger. Had to find my own restroom. There was a holding pen for the baby animals, quite a ways from the gers, so I’d trot on down past the holding pen for my WC needs. Being on America time, I awoke at 2 a.m. and went out and gazed at the clear sky and all the stars. It was amazing. I’d wake up each morning as the morning light would start to come in (seemed like 4 am every day!).

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