So a quick quiz for you. What do you think this diverse range of four Mongolians have in common?
We work with a network of rural families country-wide that we have personally built up long-term relationships with him over the past 13 years (we use no agents or tour operators – we work directly with all the families as this leads to a more personal insight for you as our guest).
Our treks are led by herders themselves (they are also the horse (or yak/camel) wranglers). Each has herded their livestock in the trekking region their whole life and know their home area like the back of their hands. It is their local knowledge that makes our Mongolia trekking tours and experiences so special. True, other companies do the same so what makes our treks different?
Our Mongolia trekking tours are different in that we leave the route entirely flexible and in the hands of your herder guide / horse wrangler as this leads to a less regimented experience and a more organic and Mongolian type of exploration. So many Mongolia trekking experiences offered in Mongolia have rigid routes and itineraries and that just seems wrong in a country of such freedom. Instead, with us, the focus becomes getting to meet and know the Mongolian herder guide / horse wrangler in the areas where they consider home.
It also means that not one of our treks is the same. Instead of a generic experience repeated numerous times throughout the year … each trek becomes something unique. It also means that because we’re not following the popular trekking routes then you get to experience a more hidden side to the regions through which you trek …. a more off the beaten track hidden side. You’re trekking in regions that few others get to see.
Accompanying you may well be the son or daughter of your trek guide. Why? One of our way of supporting the local families we work with is by allowing them to bring their sons or daughters as helpers on the treks. It helps to create a space where traditional Mongolian knowledge can be passed from older to younger generations, as it always has been. This helps keep it alive, in a real, breathing way for the future.
Younger Mongolians come with their fathers or brothers and start off learning to load horses and getting to know the routes, water sources, place names and the stories of the land. You become part of this. See it as a modern-day apprenticeship that allows for traditions to be kept alive.
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes