Since the conception of Three Camel Lodge, it has been our mission to offer explorers the spirit of Mongolia and its nomadic people through authentic experiences while preserving the very earth and culture we proudly showcase. Sustainability is more than a founding principle, it guides every decision of operating the lodge to best take care of the land, the wildlife, Monglia’s people, culture and traditions.
Each guest learns about the nomadic way of life, as well as its traditions and customs, through visits with nomadic families. The gers and furniture is all authentic and created by local Mongolian artisans. Ingredients for the restaurant’s gourmet meals is grown and sourced locally. Most importantly, Three Camel Lodge was built entirely by locals and continues to be staffed entirely by native Mongolians.
Once asked why he climbed Mt. Everest, adventurer George Mallory quipped, “because it’s there.” The reason for creating Three Camel Lodge was precisely because of what wasn’t.
Jalsa Urubshurow, CEO of Nomadic Expeditions and founder of Three Camel Lodge, had been sharing the undisturbed beauty of Mongolia with travelers since the country reopened in 1990, yet he was unable to find desirable accommodations for his guests.
After careful consideration for the preservation of the region’s environment, culture and people, he opened Three Camel Lodge in 2002. It was, and remains, the only luxury ecolodge in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.
Our unique constellation of gers rests in the heart of the starkly beautiful Gobi Desert. These 40 traditional felt and canvas tents used by Mongolian nomads are modeled after traditional Buddhist temples, adhering to strict Mongolian Buddhist canons of “soum style.”
Built by and staffed by locals, Three Camel Lodge isn’t just a place to stay. It’s a state of mind.
A founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the ecolodge stands among the most distinguished collection of hotels, lodges, inns and resorts located in extraordinary places—offering exclusive and unique experiences and sharing the utmost dedication to high-quality service and sustainable tourism practices.
A pioneer in cultural and natural preservation through for-profit sustainable tourism initiatives, Jalsa Urubshurow created Three Camel Lodge in service to Mongolia and to help guide Mongolia’s tourism development towards best sustainabile tourism practices—positioning the country as a premier sustainable tourism destination.
In 2020 he was once again named the “World’s Top Travel Specialist” for Mongolia by Condé Nast Traveler, and for the seventh consecutive year WendyPerrin.com selected him for her WOW list of elite travel experts.
Mr. Urubshurow also serves on the board for The National Geographic Unique Lodges, The Peregrine Fund, The Captain Planet Foundation, and he supports numerous charities and nonprofits around the world.
Jalsa has led thousands of adventurers on explorations of Mongolia’s ecology and culture—including custom expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Tibet House, and the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, as well as university groups from Harvard and Stanford.