Luxury Tents & Tree Houses

by Sarah Tuff

Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Horse-backing through Mongolia? Nice. Sleeping in a different ger each night, drinking mare's milk while gnawing on three-day-old mutton—not so nice, but for years the only options for Western travelers. Now there's a much nicer option: the Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert. A compound of 30 gers (round Mongolian tents), all with hand-painted beds and some with private baths, the lodge is a warm and comforting showcase for Mongolian hospitality. While you're out following the tracks of Genghis Khan on a steel horse (a.k.a. Land Rover) in Gurvansaikhan National Park or the purple Gobi-Altai range, an attendant is tidying up and a staff is preparing dinner (the food is excellent—no old mutton here). Or maybe you'll go on a camel trek or search for dinosaur fossils at the famous Flaming Cliff. The local vodka flows plentifully, a holdover from the Russian days. As you stumble back to your ger, gaze out over the countryside, which looks the same as it did in Genghis's day. Now that's nice.
From $300 per night per person, including meals and most activities

Three Camel Lodge
Tel: 800 988 6634

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