Experiences Not Tours
Be part of something bigger
Here are SIX small reasons to travel with Eternal Landscapes Mongolia. We’re not driven by profit or by trying to be number one on TripAdvisor. We’re proud to be a small and personal Mongolian company with a passion for what we do – offering extraordinary experiences alongside the local families we work in long-term local community partnership with.
We provide free training and development opportunities to Mongolian women that want to work in tourism but other companies won't take as they don't fit the stereotype or have the professional qualifications. Our female Mongolian trip assistants are dynamic women who are searching for an opportunity to learn and develop and we provide that long-term opportunity.
I'm Jess - the founder of Eternal Landscapes. I work side by side with Turuu (my business partner) and our entirely Mongolian team. What makes us different? We’re a micro-business and a registered social travel enterprise supporting community based tourism. Yes, you may think they’re just buzz words used as a selling tool but explore our website for more of an introduction into the philosophy that is at the core of EL.
This is about our responsibility to Mongolia and as a registered Mongolian company, we focus on promoting a greater travel approach to benefit everyone involved, leading to a more positive and personal style of experience for all concerned. As a business working in tourism we have a responsibility to help combat problems including those created by tourism itself. I believe that our philosophy helps create positive social change in Mongolia.
As a team we research, design and operate all aspects of the holidays we offer. There’s a drive for modernity and progress in Mongolia and we try to provide a ‘realistic’ 21st Century overview of Mongolia. We try to work with what Mongolia already offers - from what’s available in the local markets to the skills and knowledge of its people. We work independently and not through any agency or representative of another company.
We don't follow the typical stereotypes of a tour company - we have nothing to do with 'big groups', 'must sees' or 'all inclusive packages'.
Instead, the vast ‘eternal landscapes’ of Mongolia and the broader context within which Mongolians live their lives within those landscapes runs deep through everything we do. So if you're looking to experience the real Mongolia as the locals live it then welcome to the community that is EL.
True, Mongolia can challenge as much as it beguiles. But be prepared to face the same irritations and frustrations as the locals do and you'll fall in love with the immensity that is Mongolia.
Explore our website for our Mongolia tours, ideas and inspiration. Don't see what you're looking for? Just contact Jess by email or phone. We look forward to welcoming you.
'It remains a stand out adventure - remote, free and with great interaction with the environment and the people. A true adventure, unlike any other. And it was possible thanks to the special way you built EL and tailored our trip. It could easily be much less interesting without your deep relationships with the herders and families. So thank you for making it a real Mongolian exploration and not just a hover above the surface.'
Ben Kidron and family, Winter 2018
"In terms of experiencing Mongolia we did right to go with EL. We got to experience some of Mongolian life and not just see Mongolia from the “comfort” of our car. We weren’t so much tourists but rather more like friends of friends. So well done and thank you for getting the tour just right for us."
Maria Seele, South Africa
"You listened to what we wanted. You showed that you listened to us and have gone that extra mile for us – things that you don’t get on other tours. From an organisational perspective everything was excellent – great itinerary, built in flexibility, elements of surprise, relaxing, informative and enjoyable."
Paul Williams and Mandy Wong, UK and Australia.
"The flexibility of it all makes it a refreshing trip, creating memorable experiences. It was a truly good way to travel. Honest, sincere, reliable and you deliver."
Hui Wyn Ong and Hui Li Lim, Singapore
"The caring for us, the locals and the environment is not something we see a lot of. A lot of times the caring to locals is a low priority, if at all. Sometimes all the company cares about is the profits and the will to satisfy the clients beats the locals. In our trip we found a unique combination where all parties are taken care of in a perfect way." Sagi Bar Or - private trekking trip
- "You organised and delivered a fantastic mix of trips. Who’d have thought Mongolia could offer such a mix over winter? A wonderful trip.Your vision and offerings are both laudable and outstanding and a reflection of your values." Viv and Pete McWaters, Extended Winter tour, returning EL guests
"I would recommend EL without hesitation. The values of the company. The staff. The product. The care. The itineraries. All excellent." Jane McNab - private group trekking trip
"From the start, I've been very impressed with the honesty and the quality of the information. It was very clear what this travel experience would not be, and what it would try to be (without any guarantees and thus false promises). It felt very personal. The approach to travelling was refreshing and I really appreciated it: showing the ‘real’ Mongolia, without any pretence." Sophie Van der Hert - small group tour
'Why did I choose this company?.... Because for me they have ethics and policies that support the people and the country as well as making sure that you get what you want. Nothing was too much trouble and transparency and clarity were paramount.' Lesley Jackson, Private / Tailor made tour
"Thank you and your team for everything you've done for us, I sincerely appreciate your efforts and feel lucky to have known you all. Keep it up." Eirini Sperelaki, Small group tour
'It's an extremely difficult balancing act to offer tourists an 'authentic' yet 'entertaining' experience but I think you did very well. We never felt like we were imposing or getting in the way. In a way, it felt more like were visiting friends of friends.' Diarmuid Carter, Private / Tailor Made Tour
"Keep at it Jess.......you have great things going. EL is right up there with my favourite small companies (the principals of which have become close friends)." -Pat Blamey, Winter tour - Tsagaan Sar Insight
"It honestly was a once in a lifetime trip. It was such a unique experience and learning experience. It was an incredible experience and everyone that was apart of the company made us feel welcomed like family." - Rachel Hirsh, Winter tour - Hunting With Eagles