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All reviews gobi desert ger camp top notch attached bathroom watch the sunset making sure long drive an oasis three nights wonderful experience beautiful location fresh vegetables luxury tents local culture set meal comfortable chairs gourmet food
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

As much as the Blue Sky in UB was mediocre, this place was top drawer.

You do, of course, have to remember where you are. You're in the middle of the Gobi, miles from the nearest settlement of any size, so there's no power or water other than what can be made on site or collected from local rains, so showers are at best lukewarm and dribbly. There are a lot of insects that will want to share your ger with you, especially if you show them light after dark. You will have to compete with other guests to charge your phone or PC, but why bother as there's no internet or phone signal anyway? If you can adjust your expectations so none of this matters, then this place rocks.

The gers are, of course, far more luxurious than those any mongolian nomad ever lived in. We had a double family ger, with 2 beds and a bathroom, which was comfortable and well-furnished almost to hotel standards.

The main building has a spacious lounge area where various films are shown. The most-repeated is a documentary about an American 1920s archeological/paleontological expedition, and the next most regular an epic blockbuster about the early life of Ghengis (or Chingis, or whatever) Khan. You sit in the long rows of comfy chairs under blankets: very cozy.

The restaurant serves basic but tasty local food: four course lunch and dinner and tasty buffet breakfast including local as well as European-style offerings. Excellent soups and stews.

Lots of reviewers mention the sunset viewing area: yes, this is definitely a must. One says you should take music with you: a plea from the heart - don't be so crass as to do that. The point about the desert is the silence, why mar it with a boom-box playing Robbie Williams, as some of our fellow guests did?

We also went up to that same area for an astronomical talk in the evening: the guide pointed out all the constellations and my daughter enjoyed displaying her knowledge and using the telescope to look at the planets. The darkness is so perfect that this works better than anywhere else I've been, Uluru included.

Of course there are plenty of trips to take: we went to see dunes, petroglyphs and the Yol Valley gorge. All beautiful and unspoiled, unlike 99% of the world's tourist attractions, and probably going to stay that way until or unless the Chinese drive great roads through the place in search of minerals. We even experienced a flash flood, a real rarity, and a great demonstration of the might of the Toyota Landcruiser's ability to weather almost anything without getting stuck or waterlogged.

All in all, an unforgettable experience.

Room tip: Family ger well worth it if you are a family or 3 or 4
Date of stay: July 2013
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1  Thank MacDaddyinSing
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed here in august 2013 as part of a National Geographic Photography Expedition. While the trip and the National Geographic folks were fabulous, Three Camel Lodge was one of the highlights. The gers (aka yurts) are very nice. Most of them have a second smaller ger with an attached toilet and sink. The beds are comfortable, and each ger has a stove in case it gets cold. Lights are provided through a combination solar cell and battery arrangement. The showers are in the basement of the main lodge, which is 25-75 meters away from your ger.

The food is very good, although it can be a little bland because Mongolians use few spices. I do suggest bringing hot sauce or something similar if you like spicy food. We had many meals here and were never disappointed. They grow their own vegetables and bake their own breads.

I will add that only one person in our group of 25 people got sick while staying here, and that was after she spent two days off-site at another camp site, so she wasn't sure why she was sick. If you have any experience with travel in rural Asia, you will understand this is extremely good.

The staff is very friendly, and a good number speak English. Certainly well enough to easily sort out any question or problem.

The location is absolutely fabulous. I am posting pictures if you have questions.

Date of stay: August 2013
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6  Thank Tim G
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Three Camel might be he best place to stay in all of Mongolia. The deluxe gers have their own toilets and sinks; the common shower area is clean, although hot water is sometimes an issue.

The bar and deck are lovely viewing areas of the expansive Gobi, don't miss the every changing sky.

The restaurant is fine, and you can watch the cooks through a window from the porch. The staff is wonderful and interesting, most quite well educated.

The two downsides are its terrible exchange rate and the bikes ( this is really nice biking country and they should take advantage of this for their guests.

Room tip: If you can afford it, get a deluxe ger.
Date of stay: August 2013
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Thank phaniefield
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The best camp I've seen so far, just loved staying there. Gonna visit it again. Place to watch the sunset is absolutely divine, feels like you're the only person in the world. The only thing is don't forget to take a bottle of wine and some music with you. Location is just perfect and you easily can access to the other sights.

Date of stay: July 2013
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1  Thank Sarana154
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Standing in front of the yurt listening to the silence of the desert, or watching the night stars is a wonderful experience. The camp is small, and there are no domestic animal around, so it's probably the place in the Gobi that makes you realize the most that you are in the desert.
There is also a very nice viewpoint to watch the sunset.
Food is delicious, but a little bit light at lunch.
The yurt are clean and comfortable, but there are 2 small beds in the standard yurts, which is a bit annoying when travelling in couple.
Staff is doing their best to help, but sometimes that's not a lot.

Date of stay: July 2013
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1  Thank AlexisM136
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