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Winter in Mongolia

Nomads in Mongolia, has been living in an extreme conditions for over thousands of years. They have their own survival ability which passed by their ancestors. These are some pictures of winter nomads.

Picture 1. Single “Ger” or “Yurt” in winter mode

Picture 2. Host is checking outside


Picture 3. Inside “Ger”. Warm and comfortable stay with locals


Picture 4. Pasture land. Children can be a good workforce


Picture 5. Frozen Lake creates beautiful shape and color


Picture 6. You have to wrap yourself so well in here, north


boyPicture 7. North Mongolia, Taiga; one of the coldest places in Mongolia reaching -40 C


Picture 8. Children in Taiga


Picture 9. Inside Tee-pee


Picture 10. Reindeer rider in Taiga


Picture 11. Arrival in Taiga.


Picture 12. Reindeer riding is fast ride in a snowy terrain



Picture. 13 It snowed in Gobi, but wind blows the most of it


Picture 14. Milking Camel in the morning


Picture 15. Buddha Statue, which is not so cold in North Mongolia


Picture 16. Little Lamas seem not cold either


Picture 17. Mongolians learn to ride a horse age of 3.


Picture 18. Riders accept coldness as their nature


Picture 19. Kazakh rider, West Mongolia


Picture 20. Golden Eagle and the Master


Picture 21. Golden Eagle Hunting Training



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Photos of Dukha or reindeer herders in Taiga, North Mongolia

1456647_789417941084694_1724694501_nTulga, Nomadic Trails Tour Leader

From the soul of steppe nomads, Tulga grew up in the Gobi area where giant sand dunes, camels and the most hospitable people in the world live! Tulga likes to cheer up his “Wind Horse” (spiritual mind) by riding tough Mongolian horses through the open steppe rather than going to the monastery to pray. Tulga spends a lot of time in the Taiga area of the Siberian Mountains, where he loves to spend time with the reindeer herders learning more about their unique culture.

In his career he has summited Mount Khuiten (4374m), trekked across Potanin glacier, one of the biggest in Mongolia, and cross country dog sledded in –40°C. He is a first rate tour leader and we are proud to call him ‘our man in Mongolia’.

He has been visiting Taiga, North Mongolia for many years and here is his some of photographs;

Picture 1. Autumn Reindeer.

Reindeer needed good and safe pasture are to feed themselves so well for preparing harsh and snowy winter. Reindeer are about 1.20 – 2.20 meters long and about 0.90 – 1.40 meters high. They weigh between 60 – 300 kilograms. Usually live to be 12–15 years old, sometimes they can live to be 20 years old.

Reindeer in autum camp

Reindeer in autum camp

♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 2.  Family Tee-pee

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.



♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 3. Little Reindeer herder

The average reindeer family has 3-4 children. Not the fastest growing tribes in Mongolia yet.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 4. Proud little reindeer herder

Children in Taiga, start gaming in their early age by tracking animal foot prints and facing some of predators!



♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 5. Riding reindeer

Reindeer is only means of transport in a the forest in winter.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 6. Reindeer Selfie


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 7. Moving with reindeer.

Young men in a group of 3-4, take their reindeer from all families, searching for better and safer pasture land. It takes them 3-4 days to travel. Once they found their suitable pasture land, they settle for 2 weeks untill their replacement arrive. For young men, it is one the challanging activities to survive.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 8. Reindeer in the morning

Reindeer finds food for themselves easily from under the snow.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 9. On the move


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Picture 10. Morning

In January, temperature drops -40C and both human and animals need to survive.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Picture 11. Travelling to Reindeer herders /Dukha people with reindeer

Visiting reindeer people in winter is still possible when you have proper equipment and right tour guide.


♥ Book tour to reindeer herders

Hope you enjoyed with this post and see you in the next post.

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Tips for Horse Riding Trip to Mongolia

Things to know before you going to Mongolia on horseback riding tour;

Here is Fiona Cowie, who traveled to Mongolia previously, is sharing her experiences on Horse back riding tour to Mongolia with Nomadic Trails.


14650119_1342901089083837_5956056590985342844_nIt is recommended you get some riding practice in before you go to minimize the aches obtained from working seldom used muscles! Do not worry so much on your technique etc as Mongolian riding is quite different to our European style riding – but a good seat and being comfortable at all paces will definitely make your holiday more enjoyable. If you don’t get any practice in you may ache for a day or two!



  • Keep your packing to essentials – especially if you are taking an internal flight where there are weight limits. But do prepare for all seasons!
  • A good sleeping bag is essential – go for a little warmer as you can always unzip it, but there is nothing worse than being too cold to sleep.
  • A light rain jacket (but not a flappy one which could frighten the horses) and rain pants if you don’t like getting a bit wet and cold.
  • Light gloves are excellent for not only keeping your hands warm but also keeping them from being sunburned.
  • Sunscreen
  • Small torch
  • Lip balm and a good moisturiser. The wind can really dry your skin out.
  • Bandanna – keeps the wind and dust away. Has millions of uses!
  • Layers of clothing that can be added or removed depending on conditions. One day you may need a T-shirt, the next a warm fleece! Long sleeve cotton shirts are great for riding in – and keeping the sun off.

  • Warm fleece
  • Wet wipes – good for washing the dirt away.
  • Small gifts from home to share with your new friends or as small gifts – even some photos of your life back home – especially if you live on a farm or with a Hard riding hat (not something you can pick up in Mongolia) Riding boots (with small heel but not with slippery soles as you may need to walk on rough ground) Sunglasses Small travel towel.
  • First aid kit (paracetamol, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antibiotics, immodium, blister relief – maybe something to ease any riding aches and pains!)

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    Altay horse ride1Food:

    Nomadic Trails provide some lovely nourishing food and you may be lucky to share some meals with local families -enjoy these! But if you have food intolerances it may be wise to pack some snacks. But please try a little of what you are offered – not only as it is polite but also you may just find you like some of the different foods!

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    Don’t forget your sense of humour and a ‘go with the flow attitude’ – treat your itinerary as only a guide – changing conditions may mean changes to the itinerary – trust your guide’s advice. You may end up with a new trip highlight that wasn’t even planned for!

    Tell your friends and family you may not always be contactable. Main towns may have wi-fi and many small towns have phone coverage but you are planning on getting away into the countryside so you may not have either for several days at a time. Enjoy the freedom!