Mongolia Yoga Retreat

29 July -7 August 2017

Teacher: Emma Henry

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

£1,895£2,295

Join Emma Henry for a completely unique Jivamukti yoga retreat in Mongolia. Largely inaccessible to the Western world until recently, Mongolia offers a rare glimpse into an ancient culture and Mother Nature at her wildest in an environment that has seen little change for centuries.

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Summary

Our Mongolia yoga retreat takes place in two very different locations. You will be glamping in our luxury yurt camps in the East Gobi and the interior parts of Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

We will travel to our first camp on the Trans Mongolian Railway and spend 4 nights there. With daily yoga, hikes into the desert, camel treks, massages, meditation and an evening kirtan deep in the desert around a campfire, our Gobi location is magical and other worldly.

You will spend 3 nights at our second yoga retreat camp in the Khan Kentii. It is a wilderness reaching all the way to the Russian/Siberian border and possibly one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Located on the Upper Tuul River which meanders gently through the vast meadows of wildflowers and surrounded by lush forested hills.

Along with daily yoga with Emma Henry, you will spend a day hiking or riding in the wilderness with our local herdsmen guides, as well as rafting and kayaking on the river, massages and time in a riverside yurt sauna.

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Programme

Jivamukti yoga: Emma Henry will teach daily yoga classes. Each Jivamukti class offers a dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. Classes will include chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.

Hiking in the Gobi: We will hike into the desert one evening with local herdsmen to enjoy the silence and explore the mind blowing landscape at sunset.

Desert meditation and kirtan in the Gobi: We will spend an afternoon and evening at a small desert camp.  You will meditate amongst ancient rocks – a powerful place where monks used to meditate in the 14th and 15th century – and then enjoy an incredible sunset, a camp fire dinner and kirtan.

Wilderness hike or ride: Our remote location is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for contemplation and exploration. We will have a full day out hiking with a local guide to explore to the spectacular landscape and stunning views. For those who are experienced horse riders there is an option to ride on this day with a Mongolian horseman (there will be an additional cost of $40 for riding).

Massage & sauna: Glamping can be tiring, so we will have our very own massage therapist with us offering you reviving massages. In our Khan Kentii camp we have a sauna in a ger set up right next to the river! This is an experience not to be missed and we highly recommend it to relieve aching muscles and general tiredness.  Once you have heated your body nicely you can run outside and jump into the (very refreshing) river to cool down.  A top Mongolian revitalising experience!

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Food & accommodation

Healthy meals: You’ll be served healthy vegan meals that will be created by our own expert chefs and their Mongolian team. You can expect tasty meals that are gluten, dairy and sugar free. You’ll have plenty of herbal teas and safe drinking water included.

Accommodation on your yoga retreat: This could possibly be the ultimate yurt yoga retreat! We have two exclusive camps in wild, remote and completely peaceful locations. Our yoga retreat accommodation is in traditional Mongolian gers – known in the UK as yurts. We have space for a maximum of 18 guests in single or twin gers.

The gers have wooden floors and are beautifully decorated in traditional nomadic style with hand-crafted furnishings. This is a luxury camp, expertly run by a Mongolian team and our yoga retreat will assist the conservation efforts in the area as it brings finances to the local economy and protection efforts.

There are eco toilets which are a short walk from the camp. There are two beautiful yurts for showers, and we have a rota to make sure everyone can get clean! Water for your showers is collected from a well or the nearby river, carried by camel and yak cart, heated on a fire and placed in an overhead bucket.

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What's included

What’s included in your yoga retreat:

  • 1 day on the Trans Mongolian Railway into the Gobi
  • 4 nights luxury glamping accommodation in our Gobi camp and 3 nights in our Khan Kentii wilderness camp
  • 2 nights (on arrival and pre departure) in a 3-4 star hotel in Ulaan Bator
  • All your vegan meals, herbal teas and water at the camps
  • All your yoga and meditation classes
  • A evening hike in the Gobi with local herdsmen
  • A a desert camp excursion with meditation and kirtan
  • A full day wilderness hike in the Khan Kentii with local herdsmen
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Your return transfers to the camps from Ulaan Bator

What’s extra:

  • Flights
  • Lunches and dinner in Ulaan Bator
  • Massages
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Local activities: Horse riding, camel treks, sauna, kayaking and rafting
  • Upgrade to a 5 star hotel in Ulaan Bator from $600 for 2 nights

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More on Mongolia

Well being, health and safety: You’re going to be glamping in a remote and wild environment for a week and most likely encountering the unique Mongolian wilderness for the first time. You’ll need to be fit, strong, healthy and resilient for this holiday.  A love of nature, camping and the great outdoors is a must.

You’ll be well looked after by an experienced retreat team, working hand-in-hand with an expert local team. Our camp is run by an international tour company, with many years experience of working in Mongolia. We will provide a comprehensive packing list to make sure you are well prepared.

Even though you’ll be with a group be prepared to experience solitude as there are no distractions here. We are off the grid and there is no phone reception and hardly any people – just incredible nature and you!

Digital detox: There is no phone or internet reception at the camp, only occasional solar power and the nearest town is three hours away. It is so quiet you can hear birds fly! You will be completely without contact with the outside world while you are on your yoga holiday. Our remote location can be wonderful and inspiring and also tough at times.

Horse riding in Mongolia: Mongolia is probably the most “horsey” country in the world. Riding in Mongolia is much more than just the ride, it is an encounter with an equestrian people and at the core of the Mongolian experience. Almost half of the population still tends their livestock on horseback as nomadic pastoralists. The Mongolian horse training techniques still used today are a living cultural heritage – unchanged since the time of the Huns and Genghis Khan. If you have not ridden before, Mongolia is not the place to start as the horses are semi wild. If you are really keen to ride and are not experienced please take some lessons before you come.

Eco tourism: The camp philosophy is to combine tourism with the traditional livelihood of local people. This involves tours and treks riding horses and yak carts, using local labour and local products. The ger camp itself is fully collapsible and can be relocated leaving no more impact on the area than a traditional herdsman family would.

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Travel

Getting there from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)

Travel: Travelling to Mongolia is not as hard as you might think!  There are limited options; the most common and quickest routes from UK are via Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong or China.

Flights: You can fly with Aeroflot to Ulaan Bator via Moscow in around 13 hours (We tried this route and it was fine – we recommend it as the easiest way to get there from UK).

You can also fly with Turkish airlines to Ulaan Bator via Istanbul.  This route is also easy but they do add an extra stop in Bishkek, which makes your flight time a little longer.

The other option is to fly London to Beijing or Hong Kong and get a connecting flight from there.  You can fly direct to Beijing or Hong Kong with several airlines including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air China (around 12 hours prices start at £900).

You can then fly with Mongolian Airlines or Air China to Ulaan Bator (two and a half hours prices start at £450 return, although you may wish to book one way and get the train back).

Transfers: Return airport and camp transfers are included in your package. We will depart Ulaan Bator together on the Trans Mongolian Railway at 9am on 30th July (so you should arrive on 29th July).  You will return to Ulaan Bator around 3pm on 6th August.  You can fly back from 7th August.

Visas: Most nationalities need to get a visa in advance before travelling to Mongolia. Please check the Embassy of Mongolia for details of this.  If you are in UK here is the link.  You must apply for the visa in person at the Embassy.  It costs £40 and takes 2-3 days.  You can pay £60 for a one day service. You will need:

  • Passport with a validity date at least 6 months beyond the end of your intended period of stay in Mongolia
  • Completed visa Application Form for Tourists with one passport size photo
  • Your travel itinerary, hotel reservation and insurance

If you are planning to go via China and you are staying within the airport for up to 24 hours you don’t need a visa.

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Payment options

All prices quoted are per person. If your booking is made 10 or more weeks in advance of the departure date, a deposit payment of 50% of the room cost is required to secure a place AND your room choice.

Alternatively, 20% can be paid to secure a place and request a room choice.  Your room will be allocated when you make your balance payment.

Where a deposit has been paid, a final request will be sent to you approximately 12 weeks before your departure date and payment of the balance of the price of the holiday will become due 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

If you prefer to spread the cost, monthly payment plans can be arranged for most holidays. The final payment is due no later than 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

For bookings made within 10 weeks of the date of departure, the full payment is required. 

If the balance of the price of your holiday is not paid in time or you do not make your monthly payments as agreed, we reserve the right to cancel your place, retain your payments and apply the Cancellation Charge set out in our booking terms.

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FAQ

Is this retreat suitable for yoga beginners and people with no yoga experience? Modifications and progressions are given so that students of all levels will find these yoga classes rewarding but we do recommend you have previous experience of a flow class and enjoy being challenged by a dynamic style of yoga. It is a yoga style that will require you to commit to your classes.

Our teacher, Emma Henry, is one of the top Jivamukti teachers and very experienced at teaching mixed level groups so you can be sure of feeling challenged and inspired to safely explore and deepen your yoga practice.

If you have an injury or any health concerns please discuss with us in confidence before you book. Due to the remote location and sometimes challenging environment, we want to be sure this is the right retreat for you.

What do I bring with me? A comprehensive packing list is sent to you when you book.

Do I need to bring any yoga equipment? As we are yoga nomads we do need you to bring your own yoga mat, 2 blocks and a belt.

Is this retreat a detox? Can I drink alcohol? This is an alcohol free retreat and we encourage you to keep your caffeine intake to minimum. Our chefs create holistic vegan menus that wont challenge your digestive system and that deeply nourish, sustain and balance the body. We carefully devise our menus to be in tune with the other elements of your retreat; the yoga, the location and the time of year.  We encourage you to embrace our healthy approach – it’s there to help you reap the benefits of your healthy holiday. Plenty of safe drinking water and herbal teas will always be available.

Smoking on retreat? We don’t expect you to give up smoking to come on one of our yoga retreats or holidays but recommend cutting down before you come and keeping your smoking to an absolute minimum while you are with us. We do expect that you will be mindful of others who do not smoke please.

What is the group size? We have space for up to 18 people on this retreat.

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Schedule

Your first day will be spent in Ulan Bator, resting after your flight and exploring the city. On day 2 we travel together on the Trans Mongolian Railway for 6 hours and then a further 2 hours by jeep deep into the Gobi. Dinner awaits and then an early night.

We then have 3 days in the Gobi, where you will have yoga twice a day and the chance to book massages and go camel trekking. An evening hike into the Gobi with local herdsmen is included in your trip and on our last afternoon we will head to an ancient meditation site followed by dinner around the campfire.

We then take a long Mongolian journey (10 hours) to the Khan Kentii wilderness where you will spend 3 nights. You’ll have yoga on your first 2 days and here you can also ride horses, raft and kayak on the river and enjoy massages and the sauna. We will also spend a full day out hiking deeper into the wilderness together.

Our journey back to Ulaan Bator is around 5 hours and you’ll have one last afternoon there, and an overnight stay in the city in included in your package.

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4 reviews for Mongolia Yoga Retreat

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the most incredible experience – a breathtaking location, delicious & healthy food and truly enlightening yoga. Thank you Jools, Emma and Emma. I can’t recommend this enough – the retreat of a lifetime.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! What an incredible 10 days – I loved this adventure, it truly exceeded my expectations. Experiencing the Gobi and Khan Kentii made me appreciate the vastness, difference and awesomeness of Mongolia.

    Jools is a fabulous host. I was a little anxious that the yoga experience would be dogmatic but Emma was delightful and really playful with it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and my body feels so strong and in great shape. I loved getting to know the group and it felt like I have been away for months – testimony to the effectiveness of what you curated. A whole hearted thanks.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The yoga with Emma was outstanding. The food nourishing and the perfect support for the yoga. And there are not enough superlatives to describe Mongolia.

    What Jools and her team have created here is pure magic and something I will hold in my heart forever.

    Unforgettable.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you are looking for something unique, wild and truly adventurous and a challenge in both yoga and terrain, then I highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience.

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This has been the best yoga retreat I have ever been on. Jools and her team created an unforgettable experience and this trip has been very special from start to finish.

- Julia, August 2016