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20 Nov 2016

End of the Road

If you missed the first part of our trip to visit the Tsaatan you can find it here https://adventurecalls.us/a-journey-of-a-lifetime/ As we approach the Tsaatan camp after a long and strenuous journey, we are elated to have finally reached our destination. Curious and shy stares from the children soon turn into big smiles as they welcome us. We would spend the next couple of days living alongside the Tsaatan reindeer-herding families and get a better understanding of their life and daily activities. […]

03 Nov 2016

A Journey of a Lifetime

“If I never ride a horse again I will be a happy man,” Martin uttered in exhaustion. To be fair Martin was coming off a three-day horse trek to reach a remote Tsaatan tribal village close to the Russian border, as far north as you can get in Mongolia. It was no leisurely trek as we were expecting, but multiple days of full on trotting and galloping that would last well past dusk. I have been riding since I was […]

17 Oct 2016

A Nation on the Move

You are slowly waking up on your sheepskin mattress, watching your misty breath in the bitter morning cold as you realize that the fire has been out for hours. The wind is roaring outside while you gather courage and motivation to get out from under the covers, light the stove, and bring some warmth back to the hearth. It has been increasingly difficult for the herds to find food in the pastures they have grazed on for the past few […]

09 Oct 2016

A Big Steppe in the Right Direction

I was first mesmerized by Mongolia because of its legendary horse culture. With visions of Chinggis Khan and his mounted warriors galloping across the Mongolian Steppe, I have always been attracted to this time in history. How could one man conquer so much of the world? And how incredible that his greatest weapon was the horse. Much has changed since Chinggis’s era, but the horse’s presence has stood the test of time. It has been debated for years whether the […]

07 Oct 2016

A Sprawling City of Contrasts

With the characteristic sound of the plane’s tires hitting the runway, it finally really dawned on us: we had reached Chinggis Khaan International Airport, and a month of adventures in Mongolia had begun. This journey through Mongolia had been years in the works. There were logistics and funding issues to sort out before we could make it happen, not to mention finding the time to leave our daily lives for the considerable duration needed to explore this vast destination. Unknown […]