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Horse Archery Competition by Horse Archery Association of Mongolia

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Horse Archery Competition by Horse Archery Association of Mongolia

The competition of Horse Archery Mongolia organised by Horse Archery Association of Mongolia in 28 Oct 2018 in Ulaanbaatar. There were 34 horse archers compete for trophy for this year. Here are some photos of competition:

Picture 1: Before competition

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Picture 2: The competition started

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Picture 3. Horse Archer

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Picture 4. Shooting

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Picture 5. Points

Points

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Picture 6. Both male and female archers compete in same category.

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Picture 7. Shooting

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Picture 8. Picking up arrows

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Picture 9.  Shooting

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Picture 10. Target

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Picture 11. Shooting

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Picture 12. Tsogtkhuu, one of the organizers is fixing a path

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Picture 13. Shooting

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Picture 14. In the air

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Grandma and boy riding reindeer

Reindeer Herder’s Trip-Pictures by Nomadic Trails

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Reindeer Herder’s Trip | Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Reindeer Herder’s Trip | Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Reindeer Herder’s Trip | Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Picture 1. Tee-pee Skeleton

Reindeer herders, also known is Dukha tribe still live in Tee-pee

 Tee pee

Picture 2. Reindeer herders

There are about 300 indigenous reindeer herders in Mongolia, living in East and West Taiga .

Grandma and boy riding reindeer

Picture 3. Future master of Taiga

 

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Picture 4. Horse rider in Taiga

All reindeer herders are very good horse riders too.

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Picture 5. Reindeer

There are more 1200 reindeer in both East and West Taiga.

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Picture 6. Handcrafts & souvenir trading

One of the main income for reindeer herders is handcrafts and souvenir. Reindeer herders skill has been improving a lot over the years.

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Picture 7. Visitors in reindeer camp

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Picture 8. Tents next to Ger

There are many visits stayed with local families in this trip. Clients always enjoyed visiting local herdsmen.

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Picture 9. Tent in the sunset

Tented camping is one of the ways to reach reindeer herders

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Picture 10. Migration of reindeer herders

They need to move 4-6 times at least, according to good pasture land for reindeer.

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Picture 11. Migration of Reindeer herders

They migrate to higher camp for summer.

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Picture 12. Glacier in Taiga

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Picture 13. Spring Camp

It is time to baby reindeer come out. Suitable place is Spring camp.

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Picture 14. Baby reindeer

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Picture 15. Reindeer herder

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Picture 16.  Taiga future

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Picture 17. Children

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Picture 18. Watching reindeer is essential

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Picture 19. Reindeer boy

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Picture 20. Khuvsgul Lake

Khuvsgul Lake

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ALTAY GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL 2019

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GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL -NOMADIC GAMES 2019 in ALTAY TOWN, MONGOLIA

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Gobi Desert | Interesting Facts & Pictures by Nomadic Trails

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Gobi Desert Facts & Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Gobi Means Desert in Mongolian. So it means, “Desert” Desert in English.

Gobi Desert is massive, measures over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) from southwest to northeast and 800 km (500 mi) from north to south from Tibetan plateau to Gobi Altay Mountain range.

Gobi is a cold desert, with frost and occasionally snow occurring on its dunes. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 metres (2,990–4,990 ft) above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 millimetres (7.6 in) of rain falls annually in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. These winds may cause the Gobi to reach −40 °C (−40 °F) in winter to 45 °C (113 °F) in summer.[5]

The climate of the Gobi is one of great extremes, combined with rapid changes of temperature of as much as 35 °C (63 °F). These can occur not only seasonally but within 24 hours.

Gobi Desert – Interesting facts & pictures by Nomadic Trails Mongolia

Picture 1. Gobi Road

Gobi road

Picture 2. Western Gobi.

There are 33 different deserts named after Gobi in Mongolia. Like Shargiin Gobi, Galbiin Gobi and Lama Gobi and etc.

In southern Mongolia, the temperature has been recorded as low as −32.8 °C (−27.0 °F). In contrast, in Alxa, Inner Mongolia, it rises as high as 37 °C (99 °F) in July.

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Picture 3. Tsagaan Suvarga

Much of the Gobi is not sandy but has exposed bare rock.Tsagaan Suvarga4

Picture 4. Bayanzag, The flaming cliffs

It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals. 

This region is locally called Ulaan Ereg (Red dry river bank )

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Picture 5. Protoceraptors fossil bone

The Gobi Desert is the source of many important fossil finds, including the first dinosaur eggs. Protoceraptors fossil bones hugely found in Gobi, Mongolia

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Picture 6. Tsagaan Suvarga,

There are different types of soil indicates, bottom of ancient sea.

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Picture 7. Camel with funny hair style

The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped dromedary camel. Camel population in Mongolia is 260, 000.

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Picture 8. Hermen Tsav,

One of the pretty canyons in the Gobi, Hermen Tsav continues about 25 km long and more than 10 km wide. Hermen Tsav8

Picture 9. Hermen Tsav 2.

There are different soils and sand dunes in the canyon being washed by flash floods over the years and is changing it’s shape.

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Picture 10. Standing the traffic policeman in the Gobi

During communist period, traffic policemen with big whistles  were standing in the middle of traffic in socialist countries.Hermen Tsav11

Picture 11. Hermen Tsav, west Gobi

Gobi desert is the 5th largest desert in the world and is extending more to grassland in China.

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Picture 12. Part of Empty Gobi

Gobi is located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 metres (2,990–4,990 ft) above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures.

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Picture 13. Sand Dunes in Gobi

Hongor Sand Dunes is one of most visited Sand dunes in Mongolia, reaching 200 m tall.

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Picture 14. In the middle of Gobi

There were a few towns and settlements that Silk road and Tea roads used to pass in the Gobi Tsagaan Suvarga8

Picture 15. Old Man in the Gobi

Lowest density of population of Mongolia lived in Gobi. ( lower than 0.4 person per 1 Sq km. in 2017)old man

Picture 16. Ancient Volcano in the Gobi

There are about 50 ancient sleeping volcanoes in the Gobi. Hatan Suudal, one of ancient volcanoes.Hatan Suudal

Picture 17.  Morning in the GobiTsagaan Suvarga7

Picture 18. In the middle of GobiTsagaan Suvarga6

Picture 19. In the middle of GobiTsagaan Suvarga5

Picture 20. Gobi Iris

The most common vegetation in the Gobi desert are shrubs adapted to drought. Iris in GObi

Picture 22. Girl with Camels

Children in long summer holiday is great workforce. Girl with camels

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GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL -NOMADIC GAMES 2019 in ALTAY TOWN, MONGOLIA

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Mounted Archers in Mongolia | Horse Archery Tour 2019

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Travelling to Dukha tribe in Mongolia

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 Travelling to Dukha Tribe in Mongolia

Some pictures of one of Nomadic Trails Mongolia in 2018

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GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL -NOMADIC GAMES 2019 in ALTAY TOWN, MONGOLIA

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Mounted Archers in Mongolia | Horse Archery Tour 2019

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MAGICAL MONGOLIA- Reindeer herder’s visit by SANDRA HENRI 2018

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Magical Mongolia -Reindeer Herders Visit 2018 with Nomadic Trails

MAGICAL MONGOLIA | TRAVEL DEEPER

 

Why is it the experiences that move us most deeply are the hardest to put into words? Perhaps it’s because experiences of the soul don’t need to be broadcast, filtered and hash-tagged, they just are. And so Mongolia goes about being magnificent, in the quietest and humblest of ways, surprising vistors with it’s immense beauty, and it’s magical ability to slow you down and re-centre you from within. (Read how Naomi Simson felt our trip re-connected her to her purpose HERE). Let’s call it a retreat for the adventurous.

 

Ulaanbaatar; The capital and a great place to do an international culinary tour. You’ll be spoilt for choice of restaurants here. When I first arrived in Ulaanbaatar, I noticed how sweet is was to see friends affectingly arm in arm, strolling down the street together, whilst I raced past making a mission of my evening walk. ‘C’mon guys, can’t you see I’ve got places to be?’ was ticking through my mind,  still in work mode, crossing off the to-do list. It was then music to my ears that Mongolian time very simply consists of before noon or afternoon. Ah bliss, I thought, I’d never be late again!

 

 

As we headed into the vastness of the Mongolian countryside, it was the c a l m that struck me the most. 360 degrees of breathtaking wilderness, and although I tried, I don’t think the camera can do it justice. An energy so old and powerful, pure and untouched, this place is simply magical. Collectively our group began to relax and laugh our way into truly soaking up this experience, (as well as working out all our remarkable 6 degrees of separation!). Even the breakdowns and delays were greeted with laughter, knowing the worst that could happen was that we set up camp in a different piece of paradise.

 

 

Over 3 days of journeying by plane, 4WD and horseback, we arrived at our destination, the Reindeer Tribes living on the Siberian steppe. We collectively gasped as we emerged from the forest to see the smoke coming from the first of the teepees. Like stepping through the Narnia door, we entered a different world, so surreal, and such an honour to be one of the few travellers allowed to visit each year. Yet thanks to the many years of rapport established by our guides, it felt like we were welcomed home, with freshly brewed tea and happy kids eager to play.

 

 

Living nomadically, means that packing up all your earthly possessions (including satellite dish), riding 6 hours, and setting up camp at the next season’s residence, is all in a days work. Foraging and hunting for food, whilst surviving -40 degrees in the winter, these people are next level resilient (as well as the original minimalists). The Tsaachin are innately connected to the rhythms of nature as well as interconnected to each other, with a gentleness, humility and warmth that we seem to have lost. I hope the Tsaachin can sustain their lifestyle for generations to come, as we have so much to re-learn from their wisdom. Ah if only I could have paused time, stayed a while longer and asked another 1000 questions.

 

 

And so my memories of Mongolia linger fondly, with my wind horse (soul) happy, hoping that one day I’ll return to fill my cup with Mongolia’s calm once more. Thank-you Lisa, Tulga and your phenomenal team for creating an atmosphere as magical as your country (and Puujee, how you created 3 course meals for the 10 of us each day on a camp stove, was flippin’ amazing!) .

 

Because positive impact travel grows our shared humanity, which grows compassion, which ultimately grows a more peaceful world.

Much love,

Sandra.

Images by Sandra Henri Photography.

And when in Mongolia, a polar plunge is a must isn’t it?

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Top 10 things to do or to see in Mongolia

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Top 10 things to do or see Mongolia

List of top 10 things to see or do in Mongolia. Amazing experiences we can share with our clients including Naadam Festival to Reindeer herders visit!

Top 10 things to do or see Mongolia 

1.Watching Horse Racing in Naadam Festival

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The whole country enjoys the Naadam Festival and showing full pride of Mongolia during July 11-13.  Strong, big and tough wrestlers action on the field,  good archery shooting in competitions held, horse racing competition is still rewarding to experience! With so many horses and horsemen around you, cheerful tiny small kid jokey’s the nomads biggest gathering in a whole country.
Watching Naadam Festival in the countryside not in the big city, you feel you are one of them already and feel the joy of the Naadam!

2. Wild Camping

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One of the amazing things wild camping in Mongolia is you can almost pitch your tents everywhere you want, unless you bother someone.
There are plenty beautiful spots you could easily choose in Mongolia. Waking up with
sound of cows munching on grass near your tent will not happen in many countries.
Wildflowers and birds and Wild Games…

3. Having Meal with Locals

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There aren’t many choices for meal in countryside but whole goat meal is offered by respected visitors. Meat bones, hot stones are part of the meal. Mongolians keeping their heavy meat meals now days. Even so, vegetarian meals are becoming knowing in the country.  Ulaanbaatar city has range of good Western and Asian restaurants meet most budgets.

4. Riding Horse In the Steppe

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Without riding Mongolian Horse is not complete for your trip. Those small pony size horses are much tough and strong. Please ask your host if your horse is quite! Remember horses here, are mostly semi-wild ones. Feel the joy of riding Mongolian horses in the steppe!

5. Amaze the Clarity of Stars

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Wide and open sky at night just makes you look at it and you cannot stop yourself to talk about Milky way, Big Bear and so on. In many days in summer we could admire the sky because of beautiful clear nights. It is a huge night sky! Big wide and open.

6. Live in Ger

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Wooden, mostly orange furniture makes it comfortable living in. Adding to this stove with heat just perfect for your chilly nights and pouring rain outside!
Yurt  or Ger ? Turkic word-Yurt travels around and carrying the same meaning of this dwelling and has changed interior bit. Nothing beats camping in a Ger and you can stand inside!

7. Visit Monasteries

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You will meet some There are Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian Style of monasteries when you are in Mongolia.  Meanwhile there are some temple complexes and monasteries in Ulaanbaatar city, some worth to visit in the countryside- Amarbayasgalant, Erdene-Zuu and Tovkhon monasteries. Located right in the beautiful spot makes those monasteries fascinating to visit.

8. Camel Riding

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Another one of the things you could do here in Mongolia is of course 2 humped camel riding. Not so fast ride but different experience though. Mongolians say Camel is living dinosaurs in Gobi.

9. Bird watching 

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It is not the main purpose for most people who come to visit Mongolia. But, there are many opportunities to watch birds in this country. So many swamps, lakes and rivers can make beautiful spot to amaze the birds.  You would definitely watch these birds of pray- Black Kites, Buzzards, Steppe Eagles, White Tail Eagles, Black Vultures plus Lammergeyer- Bearded vultures. Also those cranes can not be missed…

10. Visiting reindeer herder tribe 

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There are 24-26 families with the population of 400 people living near Russia Mongolian border. The Border was closed in late 1950’s and those ones who were traveling back forth couldn’t travel to each side and a few people left in Mongolian side. Those people spread east and west bank of River Shishged, now being called  East and West Taiga.
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Nomadic Migration- Reindeer herders on the move

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Nomadic Migration- Reindeer herder’s tribe is on the move

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This endless journey is a part of Nomadic Culture and fascinating experience to witness. 

These pictures were taken in Taiga, North region of Mongolia by Tulga, our tour leader during reindeer herders movement from winter base to spring camp. We are happy to share these pictures with you.

Nomadic Migration- Reindeer herder’s tribe is on the move

Picture 1.  There are more than 1 200 reindeer in total

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Reindeer in Taiga

Reindeer herders move their camp at least 6 times in a year for better grass for their reindeer. They actually take all the their belongings and move to designated next camp. To put up tee-pee is easy job for them and usually take them for 30-40 min.

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Picture 2. Preparation 

getting ready

Moving Tee-Pee

Any nomads, don’t need any other heavy equipment of furniture in order to pack their reindeer or any means of transport.  They prefer simple.

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Picture 3. Reindeer herder Baayei, taking cigarette break after packing

 

Smoking Baaya

Break time

The whole preparation takes a about 2-3 hours only. Once they are ready, it only takes half an hour to pack.

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Picture 4. Packing and loading

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Loading Reindeer

Packing needs more skillful work in order not to break reindeer back. Both man and women involve in it. It said we can load up to 80 kg pack onto reindeer.

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Picture 5. Little herder

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Little reindeer herder

Children help their parents a lot. In this year, school holiday took it long brake for children because of unusual coldness. It made children going back to home helping their parents.

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Picture 6. On the move

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A family on the move

Moving from winter camp to spring camp takes a few hour journey.

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Picture 7. Young herder is full of spirit to ride his reindeer herder

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Young man on the move

His name is Gaala, lives in both east & west taiga. His relatives in both places. It seems he lives more in west taiga.

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Picture 8. Taiga or snow forest is home of reindeer herders

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Reindeer caravan

Temperature reaches in -30-35 easily in this region and these people so used to with this coldness.

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Picture 9. It is essential to gather all reindeer

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Holding reindeer

Ganbaatar, reindeer herder is collecting his reindeer for the movement.

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Picture 10. Leading part of movement

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Nomads on the move

It seems more experienced young men lead the whole group for the movements.  Dalay, Purevbat and Battulga are leading first group.

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Picture 11. Next group

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2 families on the move

There will be a few groups, according to number of settlement and usually 6-7 group head to next camp.

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Picture 12. Elders looked after strong young man

 

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Nomads

Baayei, Tsoghuu, Buyana and Puujee are taking group in the middle. This part is rather slower to others.

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Picture 13.  Bringing reindeer to next camp.

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Reindeer herder

Mostly young man and boys head back to old camp to let their reindeer drive to new camp.

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Picture 14. Weather alert

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Moving in the snow

Good weather is essential but it seems they wouldn’t really worried unless it is big storm.

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Picture 15. Mom & daughter

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Mom & girl

Picture 16. Heading for next camp

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A family on the move

Picture 17. Young men taking break.

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Reindeer herders taking break

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We hope you enjoyed it and Thank you,

02/08/2018

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Children of Reindeer Herders Mongolia Part1

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Children of Reindeer Herders in Mongolia:

By Nara, March, 2019

Reindeer Herders, living in most remote corner of Mongolia, only 300 of them exist today. Most of them are under 15 year old, considering young generation. Life expectancy in here is pretty low, for men 51-55 and women 55-57 year old. But children is more happy in here.

Picture 1. Girl in Taiga

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Picture 2. Reindeer Race

 

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Picture 3. Riding in the wood

It is southern Siberia where they live. Lush green forest.

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Picture 4. Happy Rider

Children ride reindeer like they ride horses in anywhere else in Mongolia.

Maralaa Reindeer herder

Maralaa Reindeer herder

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Picture 5. Are you cutest thing ever?

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Picture 6. “Taiga Girl”- This is How Mongolians like to call

 

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Picture 7. Young reindeer rider

They tent to learn to ride reindeer at age of 3. This is 3 year old good rider.

Reindeer rider crossing water

Reindeer rider crossing water

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Picture 8. Group reindeer riders

Children, they don’t bother riding reindeer bareback!

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Reindeer riders in the water

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 Picture 9. Group of children

It is always hard to pose for camera for children with their reindeer of course!

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Picture 10. Maralaa little Reindeer herder girl

 

Reindeer herder Maralaa at Uzgen nuur

Reindeer herder Maralaa at Uzgen nuur

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Picture 11. Riding reindeer is boring sometimes, grandma please,

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♥ Book tour to Reindeer Herders

Picture 12. Boy reindeer rider

 

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Reindeer rider boy2

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Picture 13.  Boys always boys,

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Picture 14. Group of Reindeer riders

Riding reindeer in the water is skillful work.

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Picture 15. Group of Reindeer Kids

Group of Reindeer Kids

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Picture 16. Little reindeer girl

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Picture 17. Happy time

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Picture 18. Something interesting for reindeer girl

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Picture 19. Girls talk

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Picture 19. “I have a job to do, you ride yourself” boy says

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Picture 20. Group of reindeer riders

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Mongolian Shaman

Shamans of Mongolia 2017

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Mongolian Shaman photos and experience of Tulga 2017

After travelling to Shamans in Mongolia more than 12 years, Tulga,  one of our tour leaders has shown us his some of his photos of Shamans for the first time. Amazing images, so we have decided to show them in public in here. He started taking some simple pictures to some of great pictures. These are pictures of shamans from different places of Mongolia! It is good he shares some of his experience with shamans. Some good stories too.  

Thank you Tulga, for sharing these amazing pictures, from Nomadic Trails staff ♥♥♥.

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Mongolian Shaman photos and experience of Tulga 2017

Picture 1.Drum, which came to alive!

One of my shaman friends has a 3 drums. He named all those drums and hang them in higher in his home. In my eyes he talks to them, or whisper sometimes. One of my visits to him, I happened to witness his communication with his drums. He picked up one and put in the sun, second one too. He looked at his 3rd one and didn’t touch it or kept it in there. Then, he played with his first one. After while, he put in the sun next to second one and played with both of them at the same time. All of sudden, third drum hanging on wall, sounded like soft thundering in there. He looked at me and smiled. I was like little Alice in the wonderland!

Central Mongolia in 2007.

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Picture 2. Preparation

To do any ceremonies, preparation work is so important to connect with spirits. Junipers are being used a lot throughout Mongolia. Heating up drum, costume time, offering for spirits and many more. Shamans wear in blue mainly (sky color) hanging small bells from his costume to wake up spirits or protect from bad deeds. Mirrors hanging from his neck is quite common (protection). Some of them wear imitated mask which looks a like human or spirits. Snake alike strings hanging from the shoulders (snake is the servant of lord of river).

Taiga in 2014.

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Picture 3. Drumming

Singing in high tunes or strange old man’s voice coming out from shaman, while he dances is some of common picture of shaman.

Rhythm of drumming can be meaningful from almost silent to powerful thundering!

Central Mongolia  2009

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Picture 4. Dance to the fire

Met one young shaman, in 2010 who does his ceremony in the dark,  dances to the fire. He was absolutely fantastic dancer with his drum! So many great ceremonies with him at night in many places.

Central Mongolia 2011

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Picture 5. Poses

It is always difficult to take shaman’s pictures. If you don’t know the shamans, they will always hesitate to be in the picture. I was lucky enough to take this picture after 6 years visiting him!

Taiga 2014

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Picture 7. Spirits

In the book “Legend of Shaman”of Ayurzana.G, one of talented writers for shamans described about spirits. There are categories of spirits or not all spirits become as human in the next life. Much older spirit can have power to tell off younger spirits. Spirits can have their own experiences too…

Bulgan, central Mongolia 2012

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Picture 8. Chosen one-Shaman destiny

I always being asked this question. How to become a shaman?

Hard to answer. But, simple answer is chosen one or Shaman destiny. Having symptoms of faint, illness from nothing, seeing things, talking nonsense in the childhood period. Important ages are 6; 9 13. There is always signs for future shaman!

Central Mongolia 2009.

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Picture 9. How is it like to be a Shaman?

In most cases, people afraid of them. Why? Because they deal with father sky and mother earth to heal someone or can make bad things using black magic! What happens if they send their bad spell to us? These are common fear of people. I would say, be positive, be friendly to anyone or be generous to nature!

Shamans can hurt people but they will suffer each time by doing such things! It is not a easy destiny, if I was in the shoes of Shaman!

Taiga 2014.

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Picture 10. Shaman Friend

I felt so good or advanced, because i have a shaman friend in sometime ago. If things are not in good condition, or I feel low, I directly contacted to my shaman friend. It happened so many times. I was started to feeling addiction to it. My shaman friend never hesitated me asking questions, Thank you my friend. So, i thought to myself, I should rely on myself most of the time. If I needed some help, which I couldn’t really handle, then I approach to him. I still think it was good decision. We are still in good in friendship.

Taiga 2004.

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Picture 11. Lord of the Mountain

I had  a talk with old shaman who is passed away 5 years ago. He was amazing! in both personality and shamanic power. Everyone, in the community, outsiders respected him a lot. One word, he was the most powerful one! We had good relationship lasted long. One day, I asked him If I can see lord of Mountain. He said yes Tulga, it can be seen as Bear, Bird or even as small child. Hm, I have seen those animals. I must have met Lord of the Mountain before!

Taiga 2014

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Picture 12. Why fire?

One of my shaman friends who uses fire in all his ceremonies told me there is something purifying thing in the fire. What? Yes, fire itself cleans a lot of bad energy and kills the deed. When I see any fire at any places, think of purifying energy.

Central Mongolia 2013.

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Picture 13. Ceremony in Tee-Pee

There is no major difference in between shamans in the north or east Mongolia or somewhere else. But locals in the north, kept their shamanic tradition a live in the woods during the communist period. This is why they are most powerful ones as Mongolian consideration.

It is important to pass this tradition to someone else. They did it in during hard regime!

Taiga 2012.

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Picture 14. Lady Shaman

My very first experience of meeting lady shaman was summer of 2000. As a young man, I was straight forward person. Lady shaman started looking at my eyes, had a little candle to light it up and started like reading book of “Me”. Shocking moments came and no words to say against her! I couldn’t defend my self anymore and fully followed her instruction. I felt power. I still remember her.

Central Mongolia 2007

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Picture 15. Listen to inner person

It was answer from my shaman friend during one of the conversation of solving difficult situation. We have these interesting talk endlessly, sometimes.  I do remember this: “Listen to inner person” in difficult situation. It does helps.

North Mongolia 2011.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 16. Lord of the river

As shamans say lord of river is so important. Humans are much dependent of water. In so keep water clean.  Make lord of the river happy. or you might ended of being illness from any water. There is master for rivers and has servant everywhere! Shaman is contacting the master.

North Mongolia 2011.

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Picture 17. Outdoor or indoor?

As a shamanic tradition, outdoor ceremonies used a lot before. There are many shamans are still prefer to do it outside. Basically, there is not much differences in between indoor or outdoor. To me, indoor is more private than outdoor.

North Mongolia 2015.

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Picture 18. Mirror of Shaman

Their mirrors hanging from their neck, placed on the chest area. I used to think shamans use their mirror to tell the fortune! No! really? So, what is it for? Protection. I have told some stories of mirror saved the master and tore up in pieces.

North Mongolia 2015.

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Picture 19. Another method of Shamanic ceremony

There are 2 ways of doing shamanic ceremony according to accessories or tools to use.

1.  Complete : Fully dressed and using drum. It can be outdoor or indoor. Most people know this method.

2. Half: Using Harmonica, not necessarily dressed in costume. No Drum is being used. Mongolians say” Walking way” (Fully dressed for ceremony means riding full wind horse. Using Harmonica means not riding full wind horse but still connected to the spirit)

Taiga 2010.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 20. Be generous

Be generous to anyone or anything. Be positive. These words are from a lot of shamans I met. I have to remember always!

North Mongolia 2015.

Mongolian Shaman

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GOLDEN EAGLE HUNTERS MONGOLIA

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Golden Eagle Hunters or Masters of Golden Eagle 

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Eagle hunting has been practiced in Central Asia for a thousands of years. Like traditional practices elsewhere in the world, hunting with eagle is on the verge of extinction, but Kazakh culture, in Mongolia the tradition is alive and well kept.

In central Asia, the area around the lake of Issyk Kul is known for its hunters with falcons and golden eagles.  The Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Mongol traditions dates back 900 years to the time of the Mongol invasion in the area.  Hunting with one of nature’s most formidable bird’s of prey – the golden eagle.

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Picture 1. Golden Eagle “Hunter”

This style of hunting is a difficult sport, as it takes three to four years to teach a bird to hunt.

 

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Picture 2. Golden eagle and the Master- “Berkuchi”

The golden eagle has over 2,000 feathers, from small, downy ones for keeping the bird warm when it’s riding the often freezing thermals to large broad flight feathers. They take immaculate care of them, preening meticulously. Considering that they have a wing span of up to two meters this is not a task to underestimate.

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Picture 3. Golden Eagle and the Master- “Berkuchi”

The prey of falcons could be small rodents, rabbits, and foxes, but for such a powerful bird as the golden eagle it could be bobcats, roe deer, and even young wolves stranded in deep snow in winter.

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Picture 4. Training Session of Golden Eagle

Hunting season usually starts at the end of October or beginning of November and lasts for four months.

 

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Picture 5. Low flying Golden eagle is near to “Ger”

A superb hunter the golden eagle possesses lethal talons that can carry animals as large as foxes effortlessly into the air. Examples of their still larger prey include deer, lambs and young goats but these are usually not slain by the eagle but eaten as carrion.

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Picture 6. Golden eagle training session

They possess incredibly keen eyesight and are easily able to scan far enough to spot a rabbit, lizard or a mouse two kilometers away. 

 

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Picture 7. Training part

Their hearing is also excellent because they need to be able to hear the cries of their young when they are flying some distance away from the chicks.

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Picture 8. “Aisholpan” the famous Golden Eagle Huntress

13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Like traditional practices elsewhere in the world, hunting with eagle is on the verge of extinction, but Kazakh culture, in Mongolia the tradition is alive and well kept.

Oshilpan, Golden eagle Huntress

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Picture 9. Berkuchi, the masters

The bird must always be taught by the same man, and that man should be with the bird at all times, in order to get the bird used to the voice of the “berkuchi” – its master, its friend and teacher.

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Picture 10. Gathering to the field of Golden Eagle Festival

In every year, just as the winter hinting season is getting underway, golden eagle hunters gather from all over Bayan-Ulgii province (western Mongolia) to celebrate the fascinating tradition and to pit their Golden Eagles against all comers.

 

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Picture 11 Berkuchi, the master

There is special connection between Golden Eagle and the master

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Picture 12 Golden Eagle Hunter and horses

There must be good horse trained for this activity. 

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Picture 13. Young Golden Eagle Hunter

Youngsters, at age of 12, already have their influence on the training of Golden Eagles for their fathers. 

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Picture 14 .  Berkuchi -The Master

 Once you are Golden Eagle trainer, it’s life time job! 

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Picture 15. Good friends- Master, Golden eagle and horse

 

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