Founder and CEO
A pioneer in environmental conservation through for-profit sustainable tourism initiatives, Jalsa Urubshurow’s story began in 1952 when his parents immigrated to the US after a seemingly endless search for safe haven from Stalinist persecution in Russia. Born on the other side of the world from his ancestral heritage, Jalsa grew up speaking Mongolian and listening to the legends his father recited to him. One year after the establishment of his framing business, Nomad Framing, Mongolia transitioned to democracy and Jalsa’s dream of visiting his father’s homeland became a reality. During his first exploration of Mongolia’s astounding beauty, the nation’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, His Excellency Dash Byambasuren, recruited him to advise on expanding accessibility to Western travelers. Jalsa eagerly took up the challenge, and Nomadic Expeditions became a full-fledged operation in 1992. In almost the 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.
Undraa Buyannemekh, leading Nomadic Expeditions and Three Camel Lodge, is deeply rooted in her Mongolian heritage. Her upbringing, split between Ulaanbaatar and with nomadic grandparents, profoundly influenced her grasp of nomadic culture. Educated in Russia and the U.S., she holds an International Relations graduate degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Initially leaning towards a career in NGOs, Undraa’s path veered towards sustainable tourism when she joined Nomadic Expeditions and Three Camel Lodge in 2005. By 2015, she had risen to the role of President, steering the organizations towards innovative and sustainable tourism practices. She has been instrumental in developing unique travel experiences, facilitating in-depth exploration for prominent organizations and individual travelers. Her commitment extends beyond tourism; she is focused on nurturing the Nomadic Foundation, with an aim to amplify its positive, sustainable impact in the realm of non-profit initiatives.
Buyandelger was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and grew up in the Uvurkhangai province of Central Mongolia. Raised by his grandparents, he was accustomed to a life of herding sheep and cattle and riding horses, integral parts of his early nomadic lifestyle. This upbringing influenced his interest in the travel industry.
Pursuing his passion, Buya studied Tourism Management at the Mongolian University of Humanities. His first significant role in the hospitality sector was at the Three Camel Lodge. Over time, he became an integral member of our team in Mongolia, contributing to the planning and execution of various expeditions for Nomadic Expeditions.
In addition to his work in tourism, Buya has collaborated with Mongolian and international paleontologists on expeditions to paleontological sites in the Gobi Desert. His interests also include ornithology, photography, archaeology, and biology. Committed to wildlife conservation, he serves on the board of the Kazakh Falconry Association, an NGO focused on the conservation of golden eagles.
A native Mongolian fluent in English and Korean, Anand attended high school in Manhattan while his father worked at the Mongolian Mission to the United Nations. He returned to Ulaanbaatar for university and earned a Bachelor of Accounting from the Institute of Finance and Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Ulaanbaatar University. He specialized in teaching and interpretation of the Korean language during his studies at Ulaanbaatar University. His professional expertise covers over 15 years in the Mongolian tourism industry. As Program Director, he designs and often leads trips focused on a paleontological, archaeological and historical nature, as well as adventure-minded trips that include kayaking, eagle hunting, hiking, horse riding, and camel riding. In his spare time, Anand enjoys martial arts, soccer, judo, running, and practicing yoga.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Nikhita studied Hotel Management & Catering Technology and has since spent 10 years in the travel and tourism industry with a main focus on leisure trips, international trade fairs and luxury train travel in India, South Africa and Spain. Her travel adventures began at the young age of 7 on a journey to northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir, where she experienced sleeping on a houseboat and riding a shikara – a type of gondola colorfully decorated with fresh flower petals and large open air sitting quarters. Having now traveled extensively throughout India, New Zealand, North America, Hawaii, Scotland and Mongolia, Nikhita is always learning new things about different cultures, people, food and history. She is excited to continue her travels, explore new destinations, and help others plan their dream vacations.
Bolorchimeg is the operations manager in our Ulaanbaatar office. Bolorchimeg began working for Nomadic Expeditions in 2014 after graduation from the University of Humanities with a degree in tourism and hotel management. She is fluent in French and also spent a year at Sejong University studying Korean. Travel is a particular passion for Bolorchimeg, who hopes to travel around the world. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading and playing the piano.