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 with the ethos of being a social travel entrepreneurship. 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.
Eternal Landscapes is about the vastness of the land of Mongolia and the way the local people make their lives within that immensity.
We’re about travelling through Mongolia’s ‘eternal landscapes’ as a visitor and starting to understand how the landscapes have helped to form the Mongolian personality – the sturdy individualism, hardiness, endurance, self-sufficiency, tolerance and the spirit of freedom.
It won’t all go according to plan. It can’t. It’s a country the size of western Europe with a basic infrastructure. It’s challenging for the locals and will challenge you as well. But. Bring your spirit of adventure. Ditch your watch. Embrace the weather. Be prepared to face the same irritations and frustrations as the locals do.
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 to our favourite country.
"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