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.
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 […]
Mongolia. Under the Mongols in the 12th and 13th centuries it was (and is still considered to be) the largest contiguous land empire in history. In the 21st century, it remains one of the largest areas of contiguous common grazing land in the world, with approximately 73% of its landmass classified as grassland (World Bank 2013). That’s why (as well as the arid/semi-arid climate with roughly only 100 frost free growing days out on the steppe) the raising and herding of livestock remains the predominant use of the land. If you have approximately 56 million head of […]
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 […]