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THREE CAMEL LODGE

Our Mission

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.

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LODGE HISTORY

Three Camel Lodge isn’t just a place to stay. It’s a state of mind.

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 the Beyond Green partnership of sustainable resorts, 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.

FOUNDER & CEO

Jalsa Urubshurow

A pioneer in environmental conservation through for-profit sustainable tourism initiatives, Jalsa Urubshurow’s story began in 1952 when his parents immigrated to the US after a seemingly endless search for safe haven from Stalinist persecution in Russia. Born on the other side of the world from his ancestral heritage, Jalsa grew up speaking Mongolian and listening to the legends his father recited to him. One year after the establishment of his framing business, Nomad Framing, Mongolia transitioned to democracy and Jalsa’s dream of visiting his father’s homeland became a reality. During his first exploration of Mongolia’s astounding beauty, the nation’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, His Excellency Dash Byambasuren, recruited him to advise on expanding accessibility to Western travelers. Jalsa eagerly took up the challenge, and Nomadic Expeditions became a full-fledged operation in 1992. In almost the three decades since its inauguration, Nomadic Expeditions has developed into the premier tour operator for the region and a strong force within the sustainable tourism sector.

The company has replicated Mr. Urubshurow’s experiences exploring Mongolia’s ecology and culture for thousands of adventurers, including custom expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Tibet House, the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, as well as university groups such as Harvard and Stanford. Mr. Urubshurow is recognized as the “World’s Top Travel Specialist” for Mongolia by Condé Nast Traveler and he is also on the “WOW” List by WendyPerrin.com for several consecutive years.  He also serves on the board for The Arts Council of Mongolia, The Peregrine Fund, and The Captain Planet Foundation and continues to support numerous charities and nonprofits around the world.

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THREE CAMEL LODGE TEAM
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President

Undraa
Buyannemekh

Buyantogtokh Munkhbayar- General Manager-2
General Manager

Buyantogtokh
Munkhbayar

Munkhtsetseg Nasanbat - Head Chef
Head Chef

Munkhtsetseg
Nasanbat

Bayarmaa Namjil - Housekeeping Manager
Housekeeping Manager

Bayarmaa
Namjil

Gansukh Tumurpurev - Operations Manager
Operations Manager

Gansukh
Tumurpurev

Enkhpurev Erdenechuluun - Guest Manager
Guest Manager

Enkhpurev
Erdenechuluun

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A WORLD RENOWNED DESTINATION

UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

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UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

LEARN MORE
UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

LEARN MORE