Responsible tourism –
For me, Jess –
When I set up Eternal Landscapes, I wanted to have responsible travel goals that were realistic and attainable –
Eternal Landscapes is not an NGO or a charity. Neither are Turuu or I philanthropists. However, our love of Mongolia is genuine and our involvement is long-
‘The responsible travel value is a true value to Eternal Landscapes and core to what you do. It is not merely a nice term which you just give lip service to. I do feel that our trip was low impact. If any impact was made, it is a positive, financial one to the local communities we passed through.’
Sarah Cutler, Australia, Untamed Mongolia
Nogoon Nuur Community Space
A majority of Ulaanbaatar’s 1.3 million (ish) population live in the ger districts that surround the central downtown –
There are few safe community spaces within the ger districts –
Nogoon Nuur was a quarry. Then a waste dump site. It is now a thriving community space made possible by a committed individual, Ulzii, who since 2012 has been working to restore Nogoon Nuur and develop a public park.
In the summer, he offers pedalo boats for children (and their parents) to use. In the winter, it converts to an ice-
What is most noticeable about the whole area is the lack of rubbish. Surprising in Ulaanbaatar. The local children that visit are encouraged to respect the area and to help protect it.
I love this community area immensely and we now include a visit on our free city walking tour –
Mongolian Quilting Centre –
The Mongolian Quilting Centre is known more formally as the New Way Life NGO –
Every EL guest receives a welcome gift tote bag that we have made by the Mongolian Quilting Centre as a way of providing support. We also work with the Mongolian Quilting Centre offering one-
Felting Classes With Erdenetsetseg
We only ask our guests to cover the cost of a translator for this day. The rest of the payment goes directly to Erdenetsetseg.
Rural Mongolia Support
Gobi Oasis Tree Planting Project
Gobi Oasis is a small, family run, non-
Each group typically plants a tree at the nursery –
Annual Terkhiin Tsaagaan Nuur National Park Community Clean Up
What’s it all about?!
Mongolia is frequently sold by tour companies as being a pristine untouched wilderness. It’s not. But, with Mongolia’s scenic beauty and wilderness experience being key points behind why people visit Mongolia, preservation of these values is a prerequisite for sustainable travel here in Mongolia. Much of Mongolia’s tourism sector, in fact, depends in the long term on the preservation of the country’s cultural and physical landscapes.
Unfortunately in Mongolia (as with elsewhere in the world), there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of rubbish that is discarded. A majority of our clients commented on it so I decided to do something about it…..and make it part of our philosophy and a feature of the EL calendar. For the past four years, Turuu and I have arranged for members of the Tariat community to spend two days clearing the north-
Why Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park?
We picked Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur due to the strength of our contacts there. We wanted a community involvement and Jargaa and Batbold (our hosts at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and owners of Surtiin Tulga Eco Camp) are at the centre of their local community.
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is popular with Mongolian families making the most of the five-
That’s the basic combination that inspired Turuu and I to arrange and facilitate a trial clean-
Our suggestion of two-
As with each year, we pay a small financial incentive to each person involved –
Association Goviin Khulan
The Mongolian Khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) is one of the 5 recognised sub-
Since 2015, we have worked in partnership with Association Goviin Khulan offering conservation and research expeditions to the eastern Gobi. This allows our guests to experience grassroots conservation in Mongolia and how Association Goviin Khulan works collaboratively with rural communities. A donation of €500 is made per trip by us to Association Goviin Khulan. We also pay them each spring to undertake conservation and wildlife training with the EL trip assistants (as well as making small financial donations when we can).
Cooperative Ar Arvijin Delgerekh
The Cooperative Ar Arvijin Delgerekh focuses on working with yak herders in Arkhangai Aimag in central Mongolia. Their members produce spun yak wool, providing them with an alternative to diversify and increase their income. An alternative form of income is provided by hosting visitors and in 2016 we have stayed with the Dondov, Mandakbayar, Batbileg, Tulga and Galbadrakh families. Our visits arranged specifically through Cooperative Ar Arvijin Delgerekh which make sure the families receive 100% of our payment.
CAMDA is dedicated to supporting and bringing resources to Mongolia’s herders. We make a yearly donation to CAMDA towards their well-
Why the well-
In the words of CAMDA, funds are not spent on ‘handouts rather on a means to bring resources to low income herders.’