Silk Road: Mongolian Yurt

One of the most interesting experiences of my Silk Road trip was visiting a Mongolian yurt.

A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger(Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure consists of an angled assembly or latticework of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Wikipedia

From the outside, the yurts didn’t look very spacious. However, as you could see, it could house a big group of family members!

Everywhere our tour bus drove, we were surrounded by sheep and their shepherds. So, we constantly had to stop and wait for them to cross the road before we could continue with our travels.

Have you seen a yurt before?

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22 thoughts on “Silk Road: Mongolian Yurt

  1. Hello Chocoviv This blog has shown me something I have never seen. They do look rather large inside with all those family members in it. Plus a huge table. I think it would be comfortable to live in as they travel around. Thanks again for sharing this.

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  2. I truthfully had never seen a real yurt before. You’ve opened my eyes!
    Sidenote: those are the most beautiful sheep I’ve ever seen! :’)



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