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
Picture 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
Photos of Dukha or reindeer herders in Taiga, North Mongolia
Tulga, 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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
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.
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!)
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!
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!