Groovy Yurts February 2021 Update

painting the touches on a mongolian yurt

Thank you for your patience!

Many of you already know this: Our yurts travel a long distance to get to us.

At some points, the yurt parts are even carried on the back of an animal!

groovy yurts mongolian yurt makingTheir journey (to the capital city, where our yurts are finished, and then by rail through the Gobi Desert to Tianjin, China, then by boat across the Pacific, and onto rail again to our yurt farm) takes about 3 months.

This involves significant travel logistics; however, we always try to source as many parts as possible from the Mongolian countryside. It’s the heart and soul of our company.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Our Production & Logistics Timelines

Recently, the cards were mixed again due to the fun (and forever interesting) pandemic. Mongolia reacted extremely well when the infectious disease began in China. It did so thanks to a very strict lockdown.

painted red part of a mongolian yurt

The second wave brought more cases… and stricter lockdowns. Lately, it seems that the whole country goes into quarantine every 3 weeks for the duration of 2 weeks! This leaves a short window of time to finish our yurts.

Furthermore, the district where our yurts are completed has been locked down by police force. The truck coming from the North of the country with our handmade lattice walls has been stopped outside of the city, forcing Bataa’s people to head out of town with smaller vehicles to collect the precious load.

groovy yurts mongolian yurt makingWood cutting has been compromised for the season creating a lack of supplies. The good news in all this: dramatic price increases on that end have been minimized by lots of creativity and some financial engineering.

Aside from Mongolian logistics, another factor creating delays is the reduction of ships crossing the Pacific. For us, this phenomenon means more delays.

Overall production time and transit increases the lead time for our yurts by about 2 months.

The situation is mostly out of our control; however, we are doing our best to put logistics into place so you can get your long-awaited yurts! We are so appreciative of your understanding.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a yurt that you have ordered or are planning to order, please do not hesitate to contact us.