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Achieving New Heights

As those who have traveled with us are aware, we are a small, registered Mongolian company and a business with a social conscience, driven by a set of ethics and values including a commitment to sustainable tourism that preserves Mongolia’s livability. We foster long-term local community partnerships with a network of Mongolians and local projects, representing all segments of society. We take pride in our dedication to making a positive impact in Mongolia through our trips and experiences, challenging conventional tourism stereotypes and clichés about the country.

Part of our mission is to demonstrate that everyone has immense potential, and we exemplify this through our free informal training and support programme for Mongolian women, which also leads to employment opportunities for them through the trips and experiences we offer to our international guests.

And here’s proof that it’s making a difference:

Meet Pujee.

Pujee is originally from Khovd Province in western Mongolia, where she spent her formative years in the countryside with her grandmother until the age of 12. She is currently back in Khovd having returned to her home province to bring up her young son. Despite her youth, she is a qualified teacher and lawyer with an adventurous spirit. Pujee joined our team when she was based in Ulaanbaatar and became a member of our informal training programme.

Eternal Landscapes trip assistant

This is Pujee having just reached the peak of Khuiten Peak – Mongolia’s highest peak at 4356m. She has gone on to climb other of Mongolia’s highest mountains including Kharkhiraa (4037m) in the Mongol Altai, Asralt Khairkhan (2,799m), the highest mountain of Mongolia’s Khentii Mountain range) and Monkh Saridag (3491m) on the border of Siberia in Khovsgol Province.

Pujee - a Eternal Landscapes trip assistant - woman achieving new heights on top of Kharkhiraa Mountain .

Pujee - a Eternal Landscapes trip assistant - woman achieving new heights on top of Asralt Khairkhan Mountain .

Pujee - a Eternal Landscapes trip assistant - woman achieving new heights on top of Monkh Saridag Mountain .

Go, Pujee! Here are her own words on how her journey with EL has positively impacted her life:

‘I didn’t really have the confidence. But since working in tourism for EL I have had a lot of chances, opportunities and life experiences. Through working in tourism I have found my inner person and interests. Working in tourism has helped me to find who I am and has created a new Puujee. And that Pujee loves to trek.’

Despite her responsibilities of caring for her young son and her current job in the mining sector, which allows her the flexibility to work remotely, Pujee remains dedicated to her passion for hiking. Despite her busy schedule, her position as a trip assistant at EL is always open for her return. Pujee knows that we will adapt around her availability, whether she can only manage a single tour or more. This flexibility enables her to maintain her connection with nature and pursue her passion for the outdoors alongside her other responsibilities.

Pujee - a trip assistant with Eternal Landscapes - achieving new heights standing on top of a mountain overlooking a river.

But, it’s not just Pujee; Odnoo, who hails from the middle Gobi, also found her passion for trekking. Growing up in an area with limited hiking or trekking opportunities, Odnoo’s active nature flourished as her confidence in guiding grew. With the chance to work on trekking trips provided by Eternal Landscapes, she discovered the therapeutic effect of Mongolia’s natural beauty.

“Nature has been a great support in my life, and when you are out in the beauty of Mongolia’s nature (on foot or by horseback), you can feel a peace of mind,” Odnoo expresses.

One of our female Mongolian trip assistants is achieving new heights on a trek overlooking a river.

Unuruu’s story also highlights the transformative experience she had with Eternal Landscapes. Growing up in eastern Mongolia, which is predominantly flat and where trekking or hiking wasn’t a traditional activity, Unuruu initially had limited exposure to such adventures. However, after joining EL and participating as a guide in our active trips, she found herself drawn to the challenges and the tranquility of Mongolia’s wild landscapes.

“When I sit near the open fire or hike and ride in the deep wild forest, it is so peaceful,” Unuruu reflects, showcasing how her journey with EL opened up new horizons and allowed her to connect with nature in a profound way.

One of our female Mongolian trip assistants is achieving new heights on a trek in Mongolia's Khoridol Saridag Mountains.

While our training program currently follows an informal structure, the remarkable achievements of our trainees like Pujee, Odnoo, and Unuruu have motivated us to embark on the journey of establishing a more formal and structured tourism program called Chandmana Erdene. As Pujee aptly states,

“Working in tourism benefits local women if the company is flexible and supportive—often in Mongolia, our circumstances can change very quickly—and if it pays a sustainable wage. If a company is flexible and open, it creates great opportunities for Mongolian women, including building financial independence, confidence, skills, and a sense of empowerment.”

Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks
I’m Jess Brooks. I am the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia - a registered Mongolian business and social travel enterprise that focuses on providing travellers with a real 21st Century insight into Mongolia. I have been based in Mongolia since 2006 and together with my beloved Mongolian team, we focus on tourism that makes a positive difference. I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - awarded for my work in Mongolia and a published guidebook author - having worked together with World Adventure Guides to produce a digital interactive guide to Mongolia.
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