Mongolia Yoga Retreat 2020

18-27 July 2020

Teacher: Emma Henry

£1,795£2,795

Join Emma Henry in Mongolia for a Jivamukti yoga retreat in one of the most remote places on earth. Explore the expansive Gobi desert with its huge skies, powerful sunsets and friendly camels and our second luxury yurt camp on the Upper Tuul River which meanders gently through the vast meadows of wildflowers, surrounded by lush forested hills.

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Summary

Mongolia is our most remote global yoga retreat and 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 travel to our first camp on the Trans Mongolian Railway and spend 3 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.

Then we head by jeep to for 4 nights at our second yoga retreat camp in the Khan Kentii, possibly one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Our days here are spent hiking or riding horses* in the wilderness with a local herder, as well as rafting and kayaking on the river.

We travel with our own talented massage therapist, Elodie Frati, who will be offering sports massage to help with any aches and pains. Blissful time in our riverside yurt sauna is an experienced not to be missed. Once you have heated your body you can run outside and jump into the (very refreshing) river to cool down.  A top Mongolian revitalising experience!

Please read our blog about the Mongolia yoga retreats for more details on this “retreat of all retreats”.

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Yoga with Emma Henry

Senior Jivamukti yoga teacher Emma Henry will teach around 25 hours of yoga and meditation classes, with 2 yoga classes on most days.

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.

Modifications and progressions are given so that everyone will find these yoga classes rewarding but this retreat is not suitable for complete beginners. We recommend that 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. Read more about Jivamukti yoga and try a free online class here.

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Accommodation

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, twin or triple yurts.

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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Your retreat menu

Your meals will be created by our chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi and her expert local team.

You’ll be served a tasty plant-based, gluten free Asian inspired menu with some ingredients foraged in the Gobi, hand picked berries from the Khan Kentii forests and nutrient packed tinctures.

If you would like to know more about our food ethos please click here.

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What's included

What’s included in your yoga retreat:

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

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Travel to Mongolia

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).

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 19th July (so you should arrive on 18th July).  You will return to Ulaan Bator around 3pm on 26th July.  You can fly back from 27th July.

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
  • A letter of invitation which will organise for you

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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A once in a lifetime journey that I highly recommend to any openminded traveller seeking a remote adventure and true serenity. Not only were the landscapes outstanding but what an amazing human experience, so enriching!

- Laurence, August 2017