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Photos Mongolia

In October 2014 I went to Mongolia together with my girlfriend and a few friends. The first 10 days we went to Hustai national park to spot the wild Przewalski horses, we visited the ancient Buddhist monastery in Karakorum and then we drove to the Gobi desert and explored the vast steppe plains, the beautiful sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, the red cliffs of Bayanzag, the Yolin Am canyon ... We saw many nomads with their gers and herds of horses, sheeps, goats and camels.

Then we flew to the Altai Mountains in the west. There we drove through beautiful remote landscapes with snowcapped mountains, rivers and lakes and we discovered prehistoric petroglyphs and we met the friendly Kazakh nomads with their horses and yaks.

The main goal of our journey was to see the old Kazakh tradition of hunting with trained golden eagles and trying to make great images of them. Today, approximately 250 Kazakh people still practice this ancient art. They are dependent from the season. In winter time they use their eagles to hunt rabbits, foxes and wolves which were essential for food and clothing in the past. But it is more, it's an art form in which the right balance between strength, agility and smoothness is required and where an intense bond between bird and its master is required. We attended the very exciting two-day Golden Eagle Festival where up to 70 eagle hunters gather and compete in several fascinating competitions. We also met some young people who help to keep their cultural heritage alive. Undoubtedly these days in the Altai mountains were the highlight of our journey.

The last days we made a hike through Terelj NP and Khan Khenti east of the capital Ulaanbaatar.

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Hustai - Przewalski horses
Hustai - Przewalski horse
Hustai - Przewalski horses
Hustai - Red deers
Hustai - Nomads with herds
Hustai - Nomad
Hustai - Nomads with herds
Hustai - Herd of horses
Cinereous vulture
Ovoo
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu - Prayer wheels
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu - Monk
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu by night
Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu by night
Demoiselle cranes
Arvaikheer - Horse memorial monument
Arvaikheer - Horse memorial monument
Gobi - Camels
Gobi - Khongoryn Els - Animal skull
Gobi - Khongoryn Els
Gobi - Khongoryn Els
Gobi - Khongoryn Els - Camel
Gobi - Khongoryn Els - Calm before the storm
Gobi - Khongoryn Els - Ger and minivan
Gobi
Gobi - Jacky
Gobi - Yolin Am
Gobi - Yolin Am - Pika
Gobi - Sunset
Gobi - Gers and milky way
Gobi - Bayanzag - Tuva toad-head agama
Gobi - Bayanzag
Gobi - Bayanzag - Sunset
Gobi - Baga Gazryn Chuluu
Ulaanbaatar - Gandan monastery
Ulaanbaatar - Gandan monastery - Statue
Ulaanbaatar - Gandan monastery - Monk
Ulaanbaatar - Gandan monastery
Altai
Altai - Yaks
Altai - Yak
Altai
Altai - Ger and nomad
Altai - Khushuut - Yaks
Altai Tavan Bogd - Horses
Altai Tavan Bogd - Prehistoric rock art
Altai Tavan Bogd - Prehistoric rock art
Altai Tavan Bogd - Prehistoric rock art
Altai Tavan Bogd - Prehistoric rock art
Altai Tavan Bogd
Altai Tavan Bogd - Sunrise
Altai Tavan Bogd - Sunrise - Camels
Altai Tavan Bogd - Camel
Altai Tavan Bogd - Tuvan woman with child
Altai Tavan Bogd
Altai Tavan Bogd
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle hunter
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Ashol-Pan and her father
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle hunters
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle hunter on camel
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Opening ceremony
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Berkutchi
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Horse sadle
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle hunters
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - First competition
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Nurgaiv
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Berkutchi
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Ashol-Pan
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Couple
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Archers
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Archers
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Archer
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Tenge Ily
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle hunters
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Second day
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Fur coats
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Ashol-Pan
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Berik
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Shyrga tartu
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Shyrga tartu
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Eagle
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Camel race
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Old man
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Old man
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Chokan
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Berkutchi
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Ashol-Pan
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Kukhbar
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Kukhbar
Ulgii - Golden Eagle Festival - Kukhbar
Ulgii - Amanbol and Bazarbai
Ulgii - Young eagle huntress Amanbol
Ulgii - Movie actor Bazarbai
Ulgii - Bazarbai on his horse
Ulgii - Bazarbai releases his eagle
Ulgii - Amanbol
Ulgii - Bazarbai
Terelj - Turtle rock
Terelj - Aryapala monastery
Khan Khentii - Siberian chipmunk
Khan Khentii
Khan Khentii - Autumn colors
Khan Khentii - Tent and full moon