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Saranzaya Baatar

Saranzaya Baatar

President and Founder

Saranzaya founded Blue Silk Travel in 2008 to contribute to Mongolia's economic development while promoting women's empowerment and traditional culture. Saranzaya has devoted her life to building economic and cultural bridges between her two homes: her native Mongolia and the United States, as well as with the rest of the world.

Saranzaya is a leading expert on the U.S.-Mongolia relationship with twenty years of experience in the Mongolian tourism sector. She is a frequent guest on Mongolian TV discussing tourism and American culture. Saranzaya has served as a lecturer at the National University of Mongolia (NUM) and a special contributor to the City of Ulaanbaatar’s international projects. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from NUM and is fluent in Mongolian, Russian and English.

Saranzaya is an avid traveler and accomplished photographer, who loves exploring the vast reaches of Mongolia, America and beyond.

Jonathan Khoury

Jonathan Khoury

Product Development Director

Jonathan, who works in our U.S. office, is a travel expert who has spent the past two decades exploring the cultures of Asia and sharing them with the world. Known by travelers for his expert knowledge of all aspects of Mongolian society, Jonathan delights in sharing his passion with others. He is committed to harnessing business investment to further Mongolia’s sustainable development, and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Yale University, served in the Peace Corps in a remote village of Mongolia, lived in Beijing, and has traveled extensively throughout the far reaches of Mongolia. He is fluent in Mongolian and English.

B. Tsolmon

Tsolmon

Operations Director

Tsolmon runs our Mongolian office, handling reservations, contracting, ticketing, scheduling and other in-country logistics. She has enjoyed a distinguished career as a purse designer and is one of Mongolia's most talented leather artists, bringing a contemporary sensibility to Mongolia's historic tradition of leather craftsmanship. Tsolmon has traveled widely throughout Mongolia, Russia and Eastern Europe and has lived in Prague. She is fluent in Mongolian, Russian and Czech.

Shinesaran

Shinesaran

Finance Manager

Shinesaran has recently joined the Blue Silk Travel team, managing the finances of our Mongolian operations and maintaining relationship with our cross-country netrwork of suppliers and partners. She brings to Blue Silk Travel a humanitarian passion, having begun her career working with orphaned children in a small city in central Mongolia. Her passion for improving livelihoods led her to western Mongolia, where she worked with an international gold mining team, building relationships among community members, international managers and local staff. After almost a decade in the mining industry, Shinesaran decided to bring her talents to the tourism sector, where she sees similar opportunities to engage with diverse communities across the country. It also aligns with her personal love of travel — she has traveled extensively both in Mongolia and around the world. Shinesaran graduated from the National University of Mongolia and has done postgraduate studies in the Philippines. She is fluent in Mongolian, English and Russian.

Ulziisaikhan

Ulziisaikhan

Transportation Manager

Ulziisaikhan has been part of Blue Silk Travel in Mongolia since our inception, having worked on a variety of special initiatives over the years. He currently overseas our team of drivers and all of the complex logistics of both ground and air transportation throughout Mongolia. His role is especialy crucial during the pandemic, working to keep you safe and healthy. Before joining Blue Silk Travel, Ulziisaikhan was an accomplished entrepreneur, including entering the hospitality industry as soon as Mongolia adopted a market economy in the early 1990s, developing and managing a series of restaurants and lounges. From this background, he has brought Blue Silk Travel extensive customer-service experience. Like the rest of our team, Ulziisaikhan has a passion for travel; he is an accomplished fisherman and outdoorsman. Ulziisaikhan speaks Mongolian, Russian, English and French.

Nyamtaivan, Tour Leader

Tour Leaders

Pictured: Nyamtaivan, one of our expert tour leaders, leading a trip near Mt. Hugnu Khan

Our experienced tour leaders guide Blue Silk Travel's tours. Tour leaders come from diverse walks of life: education, mining, etc., but all love to travel and share Mongolia with visitors. In addition to our dedicated tour leaders, Saranzaya and Jonathan also enjoy leading several tours each year.

Blue Silk Travel Drivers

Drivers

Pictured: Several of our drivers at the Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes in the Gobi Desert

Our national network of drivers brings our travelers safely and comfortably to where they need to go. More than just chauffers, our drivers are skilled mechanics and experienced travelers who help develop safe and responsible routes over Mongolia's rough terrain.

Mongolian Ger

Support Staff

Our wranglers and chefs are core team members on our adventure tours. On a multi-day horse trek, local knowledge and good horses are critical and our wranglers provide both. Our wranglers are also expert campers who serve as jacks of all trades at trek camp sites. From cooking wilderness meals on remote adventure treks to preparing picnic lunches for the Naadam Festival on one of our classic trips, our chefs provide luxurious meals in all conditions.