Working together with the Ar Arvidjin Delgerekh Cooperative helps the herders to better protect their local ecosystem against overgrazing, improve animal health and welfare, and maintain a lifestyle on the land.
We have stayed with the Dondov, Mandakbayar, Batbileg, Tulga and Galbadrakh families – all members of the cooperative. Here’s an introduction to Galbadrakh and Dondov.
Galbadrakh and Ragchaa
Galbadrakh and Ragchaa have 4 types of livestock (out of Mongolia’s five snouts they have all except camels). They’re young, focused and yet the traditions of Mongolia run deep and their kindness and generosity leave an impact in the heart of their visitors. Ragchaa is particularly adept at spinning yarn.
As well as owning yaks, Dondov is also a small market gardener and a local historian (he has constructed a small ger museum to demonstrate life in the 16th Century as part of his wish to share the culture and history of nomadic livestock with others). His summer pasture is located next to the Suman Gol. Don’t try to find this location in a guidebook – you won’t. But, although basic, the location of Dondov’s small camp comes as a good surprise – as part of the Tariat volcanic field. There are petroglyphs to explore as well as the lava terraces. Only 1% of Mongolia’s landmass is dedicated to crops and Dondov likes to share the challenges of growing vegetables in the harsh terrain of Mongolia. He also works within the local community to improve the condition of life in the countryside.
For more on who we work with in our long term local community partnerships – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/who-we-are/who-we-work-with/