Meet Us

When EL  was first created, it was just Turuu and Jess as a driver and guide. It was easier then as it meant we could micromanage. But we wanted to put more back into Mongolia. We did not want to outsource the logistics of our trips to drivers and guides working the tourism circuit. Instead, we have worked on nurturing our own local operations and provide long-term training, support and employment opportunities to those that want the opportunity to aim to be the best they can be thus supporting them in their aim. This has led to the formation of our small but great team. 

We are not an ever-expanding group of travel professionals. Just ordinary people trying our best to do something we love. We are a small team working with a network of rural families and projects that we work in long-term local community partnerships with. We wanted to provide equal opportunities and so as our trip assistants are female and typically younger with a more modern outlook, so our drivers are all male, older and from more traditional backgrounds. We find it is a partnership that works brilliantly well.

Mongolia is our home and we genuinely know and love the country and are willing and eager to learn, develop and strengthen based on feedback from our guests and from all we work with.

Eternal Landscape drivers

We know each of our drivers and their families personally. They are not modern city men, they are more of the traditional ‘strong & silent’ type but if you take the time to get to know them, you’ll see why we employ them.  As well as handling the challenges of the Mongolian roads and making delicious Mongolian barbecues, they are supremely talented at the Mongolian skill of ‘mongolchlokh’ – improvising the Mongol way. It’s a joy to watch. They are great, all-round men and extremely proud of their country. We are immensely proud to know them.

Jako and Baurjan - Our Kazakh fixers

When we started working in western Mongolia, we drove the 1700km from Ulaanbaatar multiple times to go and meet and to build up a friendship with local Kazakh families that were interested in working in partnership with us. One such family was Jako and Baurjan – a young couple with four young children who we were keen to support and who have become our Kazakh fixers. Their home in Ulgii is always warmly open to all our EL guests and to the EL team.

Eternal Landscapes trip assistants

Our female Mongolian trip assistants are dynamic women who are searching for an opportunity to learn and develop. Some are starting out on their career road and therefore the future of Mongolia. Some of them are teachers and lecturers and they’re inspiring the future of Mongolia. Most are mums and we give them as much flexibility and support as we can. They sincerely love their home country, love their job and genuinely care about our guests.

Jess and Turuu met when Jess arrived into Mongolia in 2006 as a tour leader for a UK based adventure tour company. On the creation of Eternal Landscapes, with little business history or experience, we have slowly bootstrapped our way up. We kept our day jobs. We ate ramen noodles. Jess’ base in Ulaanbaatar was a US$ 6 per night dorm bed in a room with five other people. Jess has learnt how to blog. Turuu has learnt the fine art of small talk and together, we have slowly built Eternal Landscapes.

Behind The Scenes

An informal look at our thoughts and achievements as a team

Meet Our Team Members

Bayaraa was born in Tüv Aimag – born & raised in the countryside with a deep love of horses. One reason we love having Bayaraa on the EL team is her dedication not just to her work but to the whole ethos of EL – our people, work & philosophy.
Nyamka is from the small community of Shiveegobi in the Gobi Desert. Her parents are herders & when she is not on tour she returns with her young daughter to help them. Having studied at university in Ulaanbaatar, Nymka wants to work in tourism to help improve her life skills & prospects.
From Dornod Aimag, but now based in Ulaanbaatar, Unuruu studied English & Mongolian linguistics. Whilst she is deciding on what to do next with her professional life Unuruu is working in tourism for the freedom & independence it gives her but also for the skills she can take from it.
Amaraa is originally from Bayankhongor Province – she is a dedicated mother of three & a qualified Mongolian & English teacher now based in UB. She is driven by her goal for her children to become well-educated & warm-hearted people.
Odnoo is a qualified English teacher – also from Erdenedalai where she lives with her young son. She works in tourism is so that she can develop her skills & language and pass this new knowledge on to her young students.
Bayaraa is never far from his collection of hats – his selection of berets are our particular favourite. He is affectionate & thoughtful as well as being EL’s own comic with a weakness for karaoke.
The old traditions of rural Mongolia run deep with Hasaa. He is a delightfully kind man with a wicked grin & a singing voice that stops you in your tracks. His hometown is in the middle Gobi and when passing through he just loves to show off his new young family to whom he is devoted.
It’s possible you’ll never actually get to meet Mygaa but she’s an integral cog in the wheel of Eternal Landscapes. Always there behind the scenes – sorting the tour funds & the arrival and & transfers.
Bataa is part of our Erdenedalai family – our ‘flexible’ driver – covering transfers, whether they are from the airport to your hotel or further afield. His English is limited but he loves being part of any EL experience. He is the ultimate selfie king.
We employ Sandag for his vast experience and knowledge and we love him for his loyalty. He used to work as a driver for a mayor and as a result will always have the cleanest Furgon in town!
Mongolia has made a home in Jess’ heart since 2006 and although she’s not a natural businesswoman, her love of Mongolia is genuine & so is her belief in EL & what they achieve. She couldn’t do and wouldn’t do it without the loyalty, the inspiration & the friendship of the team. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society – awarded for her work in Mongolia.
We love Nymka for his brilliant sense of humour & the size of his smile. In his own unique style & hybrid Mongolian – English language he will make sure your stay in Mongolia is warm & welcoming.
Turuu has an ‘old soul’ and a deep respect for Mongolia as well as a natural talent for driving, mechanics and improvisation. But, he also has a natural talent for heading a small team. Admittedly, he is at his happiest when faced with the freedom of the open road but he is also remarkably adept at being the second in command via mobile phone from a windswept campsite somewhere in Mongolia!
From UB, Deegii studied as an English teacher. She is passionate about education and Deegii likes to work in tourism not only for the opportunity it gives her to learn something new but also for the new ideas can contribute to the field of education.
A mum of four, Khishka is originally from Gobi Altai, although UB is now her base as an English teacher. Why tourism? Because it helps with her language skills which she can pass on to her students but also because she wants to share her love of Mongolia with others.
Zumbee is what the philosophy of EL is all about. She is studying to be a GP but is keen to work in tourism to help improve her life skills and prospects when she graduates. Zumbee can be a little quiet to begin with but find a little quiet time and sit down with her. She is a truly delightful young woman.
From the most eastern province of Mongolia, Mishka has been teaching English for over 15 years. She likes to work in tourism because it helps to improve her language skills to pass on to her students. And for the life experience and adventures that it provides.
Lkhagva is our transfer & city driver. He’ll be there, waiting for you with his big smile & his tentative English. No job is too big or too small and although young, he’s a dedicated member of the EL family.
Pujee is from Khovd Province in western Mongolia. Pujee is a qualified English teacher & lawyer. Although a very modern young woman, she grew up in the countryside with her grandmother until she was 12 & has a grounding in Mongolia’s traditional way of life.
Jako is our Kazakh fixer – together with her husband Baurjan. She’s been a part of the EL family for many years and we love her for her loyalty, kindness and her big heart. They both have a fantastic working relationship with the Kazakh families we work with.
Although Nymaa’s English is limited, just through his presence, he helps to enhance our guests’ experience of Mongolia. He is observant & attentive. My favourite words by Nymaa are ‘don’t you worry Boss.’
Tuya is a teacher. Outside of school term she is a loyal and hardworking member of our team including her role as our Office Manager. Her focus is to be a role model – for her young family, for her school children and for the younger less experienced members of the Eternal Landscapes family.
Unuruu cares deeply about the EL team, about EL, about his Furgon and about the success of his tours. He spent the last few years living and working in Sweden but returned to his homeland. One of his favourite words is ‘catastrophe’ (said in a Swedish accent!).
Baaska is from a herding family based in the Orkhon River Valley. Baashka studied Tourism Management but has only recently made the leap back into tourism full-time for the opportunities, skills & confidence it provides. We are happy she is doing this together with EL.
Ganba is a gentle soul, a font of all wisdom & knowledge & our very own kind giant. His Furgon is his ‘home away from home’ and he always makes sure you offer the warmth of Mongolian hospitality even when on the bumpiest road.


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