Photo Essay: The Beauty Of Wild Mongolia

Life On The Steppe – Mongolian Dogs
September 4, 2017
The remote Baldan Bereeven Khiid Monastery. It is a tough drive to get here so don't just come for an hour. Stay a day and make the most of the tranquillity.
Mongolia’s National Parks and Nature Reserves
October 26, 2017

This summer we were joined by Swiss guest Deborah Furrer on a 19 day trip to Khovsgol Nuur National Park and the Darkhad Depression. These are her images.

Deb booked onto one of our small group trips. There were two travellers but we keep our maximum group size to six anyway. Why? To limit our impact but also it provides a more flexible and individual experience.

The 19-days experience included two separate horse treks both focusing on local life. Why two?  Because then you experience two distinct ways of life and get a basic understanding as to the diversity of the way of life and landscapes in Mongolia. One took place in Khovsgol Nuur National Park (including the Khoridol Saridag Mountains) and the other in the Darkhad Depression. 

As I’ve written before, our horse treks are different in that we leave the route entirely flexible and in the hands of the herder guide / horse wrangler as this leads to a more organic and Mongolian type of exploration.

Instead, the focus becomes getting to meet and know the Mongolian herder guide / horse wrangler riding alongside them in the areas where they consider home. 

By not pre-planning the route, it means there is flexibility to explore the hidden valley you just came across or even to spend half the day at the local kindergarten that you pass en-route.

There was even participation at the local Renchinlumbe Naadam. Our guests stayed for the two-day celebration – staying overnight in the local community. Deborah took third place in the archery competition. Yep, that’s right. Third place. 

So what did our guests say?

‘The tour gave me very deep and authentic insight to the country and I loved every part of it.’

‘A wonderful and incredible trip. I’ve had the most amazing time, and I want to thank you and the team at eternal landscapes … for making this trip a time of my life I’ll never forget.’

Of course. It can’t always go to plan. This is Mongolia after all.

Mongolia is a country of contrasts. It is not an easy option. It is a country that will challenge you. It is a tough country and the local people have learnt to adapt to this tough way of life. Adventure travel is always a bit unpredictable due to the nature of the terrain and the experiences we seek. Sometimes, the forces of nature or a change in the dates of a festival will require some changes in the plan. Flight schedules may change at a moments notice, or muddy ground may make a route impassable. But if you’re willing to forego some of your creature comforts and pack your flexibility along with your thermals and suncream, then the rewards will be huge.

And of course, if you’re interested in getting a more local insight into Mongolia, then have a look at our Eternal Landscapes Mongolia website for a more realist introduction to the way of life in contemporary Mongolia. 
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