Family Life in Rural Mongolia – Tuesday’s Snapshot

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Tuesday’s Snapshots – highlighting images from the EL team and our guests based on a Mongolia theme. This week…introducing some of the families that we work with. 

Our friendships with local people are genuine friendships – forged over time, mainly with tea, sometimes with vodka. This means we offer adventures that give that local perspective and their and our local knowledge and genuine love for the country underpins every one of the journeys that we design and offer.
Davaasuren at Khogno Khan in Bulgan Province who together with his wife Doljinsuren, provide simple ger
accommodation at the base of the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. Davaasuren is a renowned horse herder and loves nothing more than to spend the day on horse back introducing the landscapes of his home to others. The EL team also considers the airag (fermented mare’s milk) made by this family to be some of the best in the country!
Image by Nick Rains
The truly wonderful Maam. Together with her husband Basaankhuu, they operate a small number of guest gers close by Khongoryn Els, the singing sands in the southern Gobi. Their work keeps them busy but we find ways of spending time with this truly delightful couple – hanging out with a beer or two at the base of the dunes or on an overnight camel trek led by either Basaankhuu or Maam.
Batbold and Jargaa who operate their own ger camp at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur in Arkhangai Aimag. Ask any of our EL guests and they will talk about the genuine warmth and hospitality with which this couple welcome all. Jargaa is also an incredible cook – her freshly cooked ‘Bin’ is now a legendary staple on the EL breakfast table! (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you’ll just have tocome and try it for yourself!)
Radnaa and Byamba – the owners of the Gobi Oasis Tree Planting Project in Dundgobi Province, the middle Gobi. Their passion for trees transcends any language barriers and they welcome their home to all.
Lokh! Together with his older brother Bambakh and his sister Gerel, this young herding family act as our local guides on our extended treks through the Lake Khovsgol region.

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