On the boundless grasslands of the Mongolian Steppe, across the timeless reaches of the Gobi Desert and the mighty Altai Mountains, the descendants of Genghis Khan have been pitching their gers for millennia. But today, a new type of camping has arrived in central Asia, and thanks to the growing access of private airstrips and powerful vehicles – and the no-holds-barred vision of Mongolia’s longest-serving guide – the world’s largest unspoiled grasslands can now be explored in unfettered luxury.
Jan Wigsten first came to Mongolia as the head of a pioneering tour group in 1980. In the three decades since, this intrepid Swede has elevated the art and the reach of glamorous camping – or ‘glamping’, as the British call it – to unprecedented levels.
Borne by sturdy yak and camel caravans, Jan’s collapsible ger camps are renowned for their sumptuous accommodation, innovative chefs, solar-powered amenities, and the erudition and personal care of some of Mongolia’s finest horsemen and guides.
Read more about Jan in the S&S 2015/2016 Profile.