Mongolia Trekking Tours – Our Philosophy

Modern Mongolian Nomads – Meet Naraa and Bujee
January 7, 2019

Mongolia Trekking Tours – Our Philosophy

So a quick quiz for you. What do you think this diverse range of four Mongolians have in common?

    Baasanchuluu - head of his family and a member of the Darkhad ethnic group. Although young, his knowledge of the local area is as vast as the landscapes of his home. His pasture is located close to the community of Khatgal. Khovsgol Ice Festival, March 2018.

    Bujee and Naraa of Gorkhi Terelj National Park are a great illustration into how Mongolian horse herders are adapting  - setting up micro businesses as a way of substituting their income.

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.

A panoramic view of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park in central Mongolia. The route on one of our Mongolia trekking tours

Tsambagarav Uul National Park - one of the regions we focus on for our Mongolia trekking tours

The Khoridol Saridag Mountains in Khovsgol - northern Mongolia. The region we cover for one of our Mongolia trekking tours

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.

Get in touch for more details. Alternatively, look at the Mongolia horse trekking tours or Mongolia trekking tours and experiences that we offer.

Jess @ Eternal Landscapes

Jessica Brooks
Jessica Brooks
I’m Jess Brooks. I have been based in Mongolia since 2006 and am the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia - a registered Mongolian business and social travel enterprise that focuses on providing travellers with a real 21st Century insight into Mongolia that supports local communities. I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - awarded for my work in Mongolia and a published guidebook author - having worked together with World Adventure Guides to produce a digital interactive guide to Mongolia. http://www.jessbrooks.co.uk/
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