An impromptu EL international ice shagai competition. Khovd River, Ulaankhuus., Bayan Ulgii Province, Western Mongolia. One Australian, two Mongolians and a Kazakh eagle hunter. * Shagai is the traditional Mongolian game of ankle bone shooting. Don’t dismiss it. It is far more interesting than the name leads you to believe and makes a great spectator sport. This photo was taken by our guest Viv McWaters this March on one of our Mongolia winter tours.
Mongolia is one of the highest countries in the world. Did you know that? Over 80% of the country is over 1000m. The whole region was lifted to very high levels by successive geological upheavals and as a result Mongolia is a deeply eroded mountainous country, with snow capped mountain ranges, forested slopes, open-high plateau steppe land…rolling into semi desert and then the desert in the south. So. A lot of the country provides epic views. But if you’re looking […]
Space. Glorious, mesmerising, limitless space. That’s what a majority of visitors to Mongolia will remember most. The power of the landscapes is an integral part of any journey in Mongolia. Yes. A majority of other companies will tell you to fly to your destination. But you’ll be then caught up in the stress of queuing and weighing your luggage and domestic flight delays. When instead, you could be on the Mongolian open road taking the ultimate road trip. Travelling through the […]
In Mongolia, numerous festivals are held throughout the year. These include both the Sagsai and Ulgii Eagle Festivals that take place in Bayan Ulgii Province in western Mongolia. This image is of one of the younger members of the Babiolat family who make their home in Sagsai – a district of Bayan Ulgii. Photographer Massimo Rumi joined us and took this great image. It was the day before the Sagsai Festival (third weekend in September) and he was training his eagle. Very last […]
In September 2015, we were joined by photographer Massimo Rumi. His time was specifically focused on the Kazakh eagle hunters in western Mongolia, but he did capture this vibrant image of the foothills of Mongolia’s capital city – Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar (UB – Red Hero) is surprising mix of east meets west. From its origins in the 18th Century as a nomadic city it as developed into a tough, modern and cosmopolitan city full of contrasts and extremes. UB maintains a strong […]
Being the owner of Eternal Landscapes, I believe it is important that we remain in touch the ‘real’ Mongolia. We do this through our ongoing research trips. It’s our way of getting to explore and discover parts of the country that we know and want to get to know better with the possibility of putting this knowledge into our Mongolia small group holidays and Mongolia tailor made tours in the future. It’s also a chance for the local people we work with […]
Tsambagarav Uul National Park stands high above the provincial borders of Khovd and Bayan-Olgii aimag and forms part of the Mongol Altai Mountain Range. The 4208m peak that the national park is named after is one of Mongolia’s most beautiful snow-capped mountains and surrounded by wild open valleys. Dakhar is a retired eagle hunter. He doesn’t want to be retired. It’s just the ache in his bones due to arthritis is forcing him to retire. He still herds the families […]
This image is of Uvs Aimag in western Mongolia. It was taken by our guest John Holman during our Mongolia Wild Treks Research trip in 2013. This is an excerpt from my Eternal Landscapes blog post during that trip. We were travelling from Kyargas Nuur in Uvs Aimag to Olgii for the start of the Kazakh Eagle Festival. Although the eagle festival was meant to be the focal point of this research trip, for me it was these driving days […]
For those that brave the winter weather in Mongolia, the rewards are without limit. With no other tourists in evidence, it is easy to feel that you have the country to yourself. This is the time that people come together, that challenges are faced as one, that unique experiences become everyday occurrences. This is the time that the legendary Mongolian hospitality comes into its own. Although the winters are harsh, they are also extraordinarily beautiful. This is a wonderful time of […]
Back in September and October, Eternal Landscapes arranged the logistics for a photography workshop led by US based photographer Scott Davis.
The spectacular Altai formed the backdrop.