boys

The boys who are brothers entertaining themselves. Stick is both a toy or a tool: it's a toy to ride it as a horse or camel and an equipment or a lasso to drive and catch cows or sheeps.

Averagely, a Mongolian herder family now has 500-600 sheeps and goats.

A nomad is considered as wealthy if  one has 900-1000 and more animals. And he often has to employ an assitant herder.  It's not easy to do so when 60% of Mongolia's population live now in Ulaanbaatar. 2017.1.13. Photo taken by Bolod.

familly

Our host family. They are originally from far-western Mongolia: husband from Gobi-Altai province and wife from Hovd. Their little sons were born here in central-western Mongolia. The girl sitting in front is a niece of our host lady. The girl is now on school break and helping the family a lot. She takes care little brothers while the adults are busy with animals. Photo taken by Bolod.

nicola

We stayed the second overnight with this family. They have two children: boys of 2 and 3 year-old. By Mongolian tradition, every child gets his first haircut at 3. Photo taken by Bolod.

trip 2

2017.01.11. The second trip in 2017. Trip no.526. A 3-day trip through snow-covered Mongolian paysages for a Belgium traveller kicks off! Photo taken by Bolod

 

2017

2016.12.31. In the eve of New Year, Paul, a British guest is visiting the winter camp of Mongolian nomads. Photo taken by Bolod.

shepherd

A few years ago, the nomad from the north-western Zavkhan province moved here-central Mongolia. Today, his work place is this snow covered huge valley. But his 600 sheeps and goats look so far very fat and manage to find grasses here. If neccessary, the nomad will move away from here to better pasture. Photo taken by Bolod

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December 24th, 2016. A Mongolian shepherd with his 2 friends\a horse and a dog\ herding his sheeps and goats on pasture. As the man says, the dog often stays with animals in his own. Photo is taken by Bolod. 

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-Sorry, I'm on duty. 

Thank you-the baby Mongol dog and the family who live in the ger-tent for staying in land of ancestors. You are real Mongolian patriots!

The most of 3 mln. Mongols have gone to crowded Ulaanbaatar with horribly polluted air in winter months. It's so sad and so shame!

December 7th, 2016. Photo by Bolod.

baby guard2

Baby is a baby and for the moment, the guard was almost attracted by a "candy". But saying to us:

-Your "candy" smells really nice, but, I'm so sorry, I can't have it. Because I'm on duty now- the baby guard hurrily goes back to the "job".

December 7th, 2016. Photo and translation from dog's Mongolian by Bolod.

baby guard

Mongol ger often has no a lock. Leaving this cute baby dog at door of their ger- a nomadic tent that stays in the middle of nowhere, the owners were confident-the little dog is a guard.

Man is probably herding sheeps and goats on pasture. Or woman may have gone to village for shopping and visiting their kids who stay at school hostel. Dundgovi Aymag or Middle Gobi Province. December 7th, 2016. Photo taken by Bolod. 

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Two French girls riding bactrian or two-humped camels in Gobi Desert. December 11th, 2016. Photo taken by Bolod.

SONG

A farewell "concert" on the pasture or the Mongols like singing too. They are singing a popular song called "Khorvog Khairlaarai"\Love the World"\. Photo taken by Bolod.

HERD

"A temporary herder" who is a French traveller from Corsica is riding towards "his" 900 sheeps and goats grazing in valley on Mongolia. Photo taken by Bolod.

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A "herder' from Corsica, France on Mongolian mori\horse\ and in del\costume\. Photo taken by Bolod.

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Like Mongols, Frenchmen like riding horses too. Photo taken by Bolod.