The Positive Impacts Of Tourism – Meet Our Zumbee

Meet our Zumbee … Zumbee is a dedicated and long-term member of our EL family – one of our team of female Mongolian trip assistants. Zumbee is from a herding family in Dungobi Aimag in Mongolia’s Middle Gobi although she is currently based in Ulaanbaatar (UB – Mongolia’s capital city) where she moved to start university. Zumbee came to us…

Toilets in tourism - Mongolia
Providing toilets in tourism – For those that don’t give a s*!t

Toilets. Always high on the list of travel stories and experiences – especially the ones involving a dropped passport out of the back pocket into a long-drop pit toilet (I sense a nodding of heads). In health and safety terms, long-drop toilets should have a risk assessment heading all of their own. What if there are no toilets? Just hundreds…

Gobi Gua Undur Mongolia
Gobi Gua Undur Mongolia – What’s behind a name?

Let me introduce you to a place. It is called Erdenedalai in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert in Dundgobi Province – also known as the middle Gobi. It’s where the open steppe starts to turn into the desert steppe. Where grass meets gravel plains. The views are expansive. Is it considered a highlight? A must-see destination? No. Not by guidebooks or tour…

Dakhar - a member of our slow lane tourism
Slow Lane Tourism

Let me introduce you to Dakhar. Dakhar is a Kazakh. He was also a Kazakh eagle hunter. Was? He doesn’t want to be retired. It’s just the ache in his bones due to arthritis has forced him to retire as getting on and off the horse becomes more difficult although he still herds the livestock that his family own together…

Falling In Love With A (Mongolian) Landscape

Mongolia. This month (May 2020) is the 15th year anniversary of my first arrival into Mongolia. And I’m reminiscing – especially as I should be there now but I’m not as the borders are shut due to Covid-19. I initially got sent to Mongolia by my then boss. To be honest, Mongolia was not a country that I ever thought of…

Coronavirus and the impact on travel and tourism
Coronavirus and its impact on travel and tourism

The coronavirus is a crisis for many industries including the travel and tourism industry. The tourism industry has always been resilient – recovering from the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud, the Boxing Day tsunami and multiple terror attacks – but the coronavirus and its impact on travel and tourism is something bigger, something more wide-sweeping and something unknown. Prior to the pandemic,…

Dog Sledding Mongolia (why we have said no for now)

Up until 2019, we offered dog sledding itineraries as part of our series of Mongolia winter experiences. However, even though often the dog sledding was often the highlight of their trip for our guests, in early 2019 we decided to stop offering dog sledding options. The main reason is cultural –  we describe our winter experiences as being a celebration of…

The Ethics Of Hunting With Eagles – Mongolia

The Kazakhs are Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority group representing 3-4% of Mongolia’s population (Mongolia’s entire population is just over 3 million people). A majority of Mongolia’s Kazakhs make their home in western Mongolia in Bayan Ölgii Aimag (Province) with another group in Khovd Aimag and then smaller groups spread throughout the country including the capital Ulaanbaatar.  A percentage of the Kazakhs of…

Alternatives to Black Friday
Beyond Black Friday

This Friday is Black Friday – synonymous with consumerism and excess but there is an alternative option – to help make a statement against what Black Friday has come to represent. Personally, I’ll be sticking my finger up at the event and here are a few ideas on how to mark the day by doing something different using my beloved Mongolia…

Our Focus During Low Season In Mongolia

As a company, we call ourselves ‘manaikhan’ which translates from Mongolian loosely into ‘ours’ or ‘our people.’ Essentially, we’re a family – with all the same stresses, strains and disagreements that all families experience. But, then, also, the support, the unity and the strength that a family can bring as well. For those that know Mongolia, you’ll know that it…