You can choose the general Gobi tourist circuits with long daily drives and chatty companions, or you can choose to stay at this special little place in the East Gobi.
Red Rock Ger camp comprises 15 gers and a dining room ger, library ger and shower ger. The camp staff do not speak much English, but things manage to get done.
Your ger will have decent beds, chairs and a table, place for your luggage and a small wash stand. There is a stove in the middle which can be lit by request to the staff, for cold nights and/or mornings. The ger has a small solar powered light and a candle. You will need a torch light to see your way to the WC block at night.
The showers are lovely with water heated on a fire. It takes around 10-20 mins for them to get it set up, so you should let them know before hand.
The desert around here is mainly rocky with a little scrub vegetation. The camp manager organizes daily tours, such as a walking or driving tour to see wild life and historic sites. There are guided camel or horse tours which can be booked at a very reasonable price. If you are not used to camel riding, I would recommend the one hour or half day tour rather than the full day one.
The cook is very good and you will certainly enjoy and look forward to meal time! Breakfast features a range of items including cereal, bread, fruit, juice, cheese, fritters, yoghurt, blueberry jam, eggs and local sausages. Lunch and dinner starts with a lovely seasoned salad, followed by soup, mains and a little dessert - fruit or delicious home-made ice cream.
Car transfers are available from UB or you can take the train from UB and be picked up at the train station. The car transfers, which take around 4-5 hours, include a picnic lunch and a bottle of water.
The staff at the UB office are very good at organizing your visit and responding to email requests.
It is very quiet here, but the best place to unwind and just enjoy being in this special part of the Gobi. If you prefer an off the beaten track experience, then I would highly recommend Red Rock Wilderness camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 2009 Nomadic Journeys operates Red Rock Wilderness Camp at Ikh Nart, East Gobi - a unique blend of beauty and comfort. Stray away among the rock formations for the day or sit back in the gazebo and enjoy the beautiful evening sunsets over Gobi. The ger camp is seasonal in the summers, and is fully collapsible. It may be relocated leaving no more impact on the area than a herdsmen family would. It has 14 double occupancy gers and triples may be accommodated in these. There are also 2 family size gers, with one double bed and two singles. The gers have fire stoves, wooden floors and are beautifully decorated in traditional nomadic style with hand-crafted furnishings. Showers are provided in two separate gers. The shower ger has a fire stove, why it is warm and cozy. It is five-star camping at its best. Hiking is excellent and rewarding, with easy climbs on to the rocks, overlooking the amazing landscape. Mountain bikes, horses and camels are available for ride. The cool evening sunsets over Gobi are pleasant and rewarding. Your travel choice for Red Rock Wilderness Camp will assist the conservation efforts in the area, as it brings finances to the local economy and protection efforts. ... more less