Click on/drag the interactive map to view the Lodge and surrounding areas. If you’re local, you can plug in our coordinates on your GPS: N43’53”35’26” by E103’44”25’15”.
Getting to the Three Camel Lodge usually first requires a domestic (in-country) 1 to 1.5-hour flight from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, to Dalanzadgad on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Once there, you will drive another 1.5 hours by Land Cruiser or similar 4×4, off-road, to reach the Lodge—truly an off-the-beaten-path adventure. All vehicles are provided to clients by the Three Camel Lodge. The stunning location of the Three Camel Lodge is as critical as it is incredible. The varied desert ecosystems—from abundant grasslands used in grazing livestock to mountainous regions home to the snow leopard and argali—are all in need of active protection and conservation along with their astonishing array of wildlife. The Three Camel Lodge is located in Omnogobi Aimag (South Gobi Province), the southernmost province in Mongolia bordering northern China. Positioned at the crossroads of the Gobi’s diverse desert eco-systems, Three Camel Lodge lies within the habitats of many animal, plant, and bird species. To the east of our lodge is the breathtaking Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, part of the Mongol Altai Mountain Range. This mountainous area is habitat for lammergeiers, argali sheep, ibex, the elusive Gobi bear, wild camel, and snow leopard. The nearest village, Bulgan, is located 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the north and Dalanzadgad, the provincial capital, is 70 kilometers (43 miles) to the southeast. Bulagtai Mountain is an ancient volcanic outcrop that shelters the Lodge and rises 1591 meters (5220 feet) above sea level. During clear weather conditions, one can see nearly 20 miles into the horizon from the top of Bulagtai. Locals explain that the name “Bulagtai” has two meanings. Some say there was once a large spring flowing from the back of Bulagtai (Bulag, in Mongolian, means “spring”); others say that Bulga, or sable (a small species of marten), once lived in this area. Near the Lodge are burial mounds and rock inscriptions that date back to the Mongolian Hunnu State (known also as the Xiong-Nu, or Xiongnu), which reigned from 3000 BC and 2 AD. These ancient people practiced a form of nomadic pastoralism that closely resembles the lifestyle of contemporary herders, which is a great testament to the success and enduring nature of nomadic pastoralism in Mongolia. Every staff member of our handpicked team at the Three Camel Lodge knows the area, its historical and natural history and importance. They are taught to follow a series of day-to-day guidelines in their training designed to cause the least impact on the environment possible. All staff are Mongolian, more than half residing in the South Gobi province where the Lodge is located, with every guide and supplier of transportation or food hired and sourced locally.