Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Engulfed in the wilderness of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Three Camel Lodge offers a luxurious take on the traditional nomadic lifestyle.
Built with the desire to preserve and protect the Gobi Desert, the ecolodge was the first ger camp in Mongolia to sign a contract with the National Park and local government to protect the surrounding area. With no telephones or access to the internet, this retreat provides a true escape from the everyday.
Three Camel Lodge offers a slice of the nomadic lifestyle with their own take on the classic ger, the traditional yurts lived in by Mongolian herders. Each of the 40 gers was handmade and is heated by a wood stove. Hand-painted wood-framed king or double beds are available, both of which include private bathrooms. Families are welcome and have the option of a the Khubilai Ger, a two bedroomed ger linked by a bathroom. The main lodge building was designed in the style of ancient Buddhist temples, using traditional wooden peg construction and not a single nail. Even the roof tiles were hand moulded in the ancient tradition.
With the vast wilderness surrounding the eco-lodge, there are many places to explore. The lodge offers expeditions as well as biking, hiking and experiencing the many different famous sites of the Gobi Desert. Not only does Three Camel Lodge minimize its impact on the Gobi in every possible way, it also engages local residents in a number of projects and initiatives to conserve the natural and cultural heritage.
Three Camel Lodge Information
To reach The Three Camel Lodge, guests usually take a one hour flight from Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad on the edge of the Gobi Desert. From the airport, guests will drive another 1.5 hours by 4×4 vehicle to the destination.
The lodge houses 40 luxury gers, each of them including a private bathroom, fully equipped with a shower, sink and toilet. For those who are after a large space, there are two specialty gers to satisfy your needs. The Khubilai Ger caters to families, comprised of two bedrooms linked by a bathroom, while the Genghis Ger features includes a lounge area in addition to the bedroom. In keeping with Mongolian tradition, each ger has a southward-facing entrance. Furthermore, guests can treat themselves to unobstructed views of the desert and the Gobi-Altai Mountains from the privacy of their own ger. The oculus (skylight) although used practically as a sundial by the nomads, provides guests with a spectacular opportunity to stargaze from the privacy of their own bed.
- Screening Room
- Bulagtai Restaurant
- Dino House and Bar
- Massage ger
- The Lodge Shop
Guests can experience the remote Mongolian landscape and wilderness through a range of expeditions organized by the lodge. They include hiking, biking, star gazing, musical and dance performances, and meetings with local nomads.
The best time to visit is during the summer months when temperatures reach highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C. The camp opens from approximately mid-May through to mid-October, before closing for the winter.
Children are welcome, although there are no specific facilities for them.