For most of us, the thought of a desert evokes feelings of inhospitality. However, Three Camel Lodge seems to override those feelings with its hospitable locations deemed as the finest in the Gobi desert region.
The lodge is basically a camp comprised of 30 ger tents that are almost impeccably laid out at the base of the outcrop of Mt Bulagtai in Mongolia. Mimicking the traditional nomad-style tents of the Mongolians, the tents are made of sheep’s wool. The huge plain receding from the camp stretches out to as far as you can see.
With comfortable beds and well-decorated interiors, the ger combines traditional style and modern sophistication. There is a wood-burning stove for cold nights. Outside, there are paved walkways that lead to a common shower and toilet area. Deluxe gers are provided with an extension to a lavatory.
The main lodge is a wooden structure built in Buddhist style without using nails. With its verandah overlooking the steppe, the building is perfect to sit and watch traditional art performances in the evenings. Mongolian dancers, contortionists and musicians exhibit their unique talents during regular shows. It is the perfect time to relax, whether you are sitting on the terrace or swaying on a swing seat.
The Ger restaurant serves meals and there is a Thirsty Camel Bar as well. Eating in a huge 12-sided ger, reminiscent of the Khan rulers’ period, provides a unique experience. The menu includes vegetables, salads and Mongolian dishes like beef and mutton. Breakfast is served in buffet-style.
The ger camp is located in the Gurvansaikhan National Park. A four-hour drive from Three Camel Lodge takes you to the singing dunes of Khongoryn Els, where each dune is about 100km long and 300m tall. The place is famous for camel rides over the lofty dunes.