2021 Condé Nast Traveler “Travel Experts”: Mongolia and The Himalaya
With tremendous pride, Nomadic Expeditions announces that Condé Nast Traveler has again named our Founder, Jalsa Urubshurow, and our Director of Operations, Sanjay Saxena, as their Top Travels Experts, respectively, for Mongolia and the Himalaya.
A pioneer in environmental conservation through for-profit sustainable tourism initiatives, Jalsa created Nomadic Expeditions to help tourism development toward best sustainabile practices. He knows his ancestral homeland better than virtually anyone and plans trips designed to see the best of what Mongolia has to offer.
Nomadic Expeditions became a full-fledged operation in 1992. In the nearly three decades since its inauguration, Nomadic Expeditions has developed into the premier tour operator for the region and a strong force within the sustainable tourism sector. A decade later, Jalsa created the only luxury ecolodge in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert—the Three Camel Lodge—which is now a member of the Beyond Green portfolio of leading sustainable hotels, resorts and lodges.
A co-founder of the North America-Mongolia Business Council (NAMBC), a non-profit organization comprised of the CEOs of American and Canadian corporations active in Mongolia–Jalsa, along with our team here at Nomadic Expeditions, are dedicated to expanding relations between Mongolia and North America.
At Nomadic Expeditions, it has been our mission to offer explorers the spirit of Mongolia and its nomadic people through authentic experiences while preserving the very earth and culture we proudly showcase. Sustainability is more than a founding principle; it guides every decision of operating the lodge to best take care of the lands we visit and our communities.
Nomadic Expeditions has led thousands of adventurers, including custom expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Tibet House, the Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, as well as university groups such as Harvard and Stanford. Jalsa also serves on the board for The Arts Council of Mongolia, The Peregrine Fund, and The Captain Planet Foundation and continues to support numerous charities and nonprofits around the world.
For travelers who have their sights set on exploring any section of the Himalaya, Sanjay Saxena has no peer in creating superlative experiences. Sanjay began mountaineering and rock climbing in the high Himalaya at age fifteen, after successfully completing mountaineering courses from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in India.
Every year since 2003, Sanjay has received the “Travel Expert” award from Conde Nast for his expertise on the Himalaya and his exemplary tour operations in India, Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In the winter of 1991/1992, Sanjay and renowned climber/cinematographer David Breashears led the first “western descent” of a 200-mile white water stretch on the Brahmaputra River in India, starting at the Tibetan border. This was filmed for the BBC series “Classic Adventures,” and was shown on the A&E network in the U.S. Sanjay continued to bring the first commercial tourist groups to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
Inspired by the writing of Frank Kingdon-Ward and Joseph Rock, Sanjay led a small group of intrepid travelers (the first westerners) in 2001, on an overland journey from Lijiang to Lhasa—crossing the Mekong, Salween, and Yangtze rivers—continuing along the south bank of the Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) River in Tibet, completing the journey that Kingdon-Ward had long envisioned but was never able to complete himself.
Sanjay’s deep, insider’s knowledge of his homeland, together with his talent for creating unique itineraries to traditional and remote destinations, make him one of the travel world’s top-ranking India and Tibet specialists.
In February 2014, Sanjay was named one of the 51 Honorees at the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion,” honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sanjay was selected as one of the 2014 Honorees for his longtime commitment to involving and empowering local communities in all of his travel destinations, and for the “giving back” projects that he started and continues to oversee in South Asia.