Mongolian Gers (Yurts)

Mongolian Gers

Own a unique and beautiful piece of nomadic heritage with our Mongolian gers!

 

All proceeds support FIRE’s work in Mongolia. A portion of each sale purchase price is tax deductible.

 

What is a ger?

The traditional Mongolian ger is a handmade, felt-covered, wooden frame structure used by nomadic cultures in Mongolia and other parts of Central Asia. The ger is known as a “yurt” in Turkic languages. View our Flickr album!

 

The Mongolian ger has two key components: the wooden frame and the felt and covers.  A ger tent has 3 to 10 lattice walls, depending on its size.

These ger tents consist of:

    • 30 or more roof poles
    • Wood lattice wall sections
    • Roof crown with a smoke hole
    • Wooden door
    • All ties and ropes
    • Durable synthetic felt covering
    • Water repellent canvas cover
    • Cotton liner and decorative cotton cover

 

Gers are designed to be easily dismantled and moved on the backs of camels and yaks. Mongolians will move their camp 4-10 times a year! They can be broken down and set back up their entire home in a few hours.

 

What can a ger be used for?

Gers are excellent for a wide variety of purposes. It can be used as a primary house, guest room, office, or anything else you can imagine!

 

What are gers made of?

The door, roof poles, and roof crown are hand-painted with traditional Mongolian design and constructed of renewable larch wood. The wood is painted and hand-detailed with beautiful Mongolian designs using lead-free paint. Gers come with yak hair rope, camel sinew ties, cotton liner, felt (natural sheep wool or synthetic), canvas cover, and water repellent outer cover. Mongolia is a high elevation, cold, and dry climate. For this reason, we include synthetic felt option which is better suited for more moist climates. As pictured, the natural wool felt is thicker than the synthetic felt.

 

Are gers durable?

Each ger is a unique hand-made cultural item. Traditional Mongolian gers differ from the more modern Western yurts. Our Mongolian gers do not have windows, although large windows can be purchased at as an upgrade (pictured). In

Mongolian gers, the roof slopes lower at the interior walls (you cannot fully stand at the edges of the walls). The source of

light is the open door and the roof crown (you can finish the roof crown with glass or plastic for a more permanent setup).

 

However, its stout frame is extremely sturdy with its center roof crown supports. These gers are made for the a harsh climate and can withstand wind, temporary snowpack (remove snowpack daily), and stays incredibly warm inside–you can even install a wood-burning stove inside with the pipe exiting the roof crown.

 

How much does a ger cost?

All gers are presold. We fill a container from Mongolia twice a year. The orders received by May 1st will arrive to Flagstaff in August or September.

Gers ordered by November 1st will arrive in Flagstaff in February or March.

 

When will I receive my ger?

Ger prices include shipping directly to Flagstaff, Arizona.Shipping to other locations can be arranged for an additional charge.

 

For shipping to locations outside of Flagstaff in the continental United States, you can order with our May 1 and November 1 deadlines. Please budget for the additional, estimated amount listed below.

 

PLEASE NOTE: These prices vary based on the exact location and the total number of gers being shipped outside of Flagstaff. The final additional cost will be determined May 1 and November 1.

 

US West Coast – $750-1,250

East Coast – $1,500 – $2,000
Mid West – $1,250 – $1,750

 

Gers can also be shipped to Alaska, Hawaii and Europe at any time by air for an additional $2,000.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  

  • This is air freight.
  • Because it is a smaller shipping space the crown/roof of the ger comes in two parts that are screwed together.
  • The customer is responsible for all other expenses including customs fees and related expenses including duties, taxes and/or VAT required for customs clearance. It will also be the customer’s responsibility to work with a local broker, if needed and to make any local arrangements for pick-up at the airport or for further transportation.

 

How can I place my order?

All gers are presold. We fill a container from Mongolia once a year with orders received by May 1st. Gers arrive to Flagstaff in August.

 

Please call us at 928-779-2288 or send us an email at info@fireprojects.org to learn more about owning your very own unique piece of nomadic heritage! Please visit our website for more photos and a video of how to set up a ger. We look forward to speaking with you!

 

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FIRE is a registered 501c.3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.