The term "Mongol" was first used in Chinese writings in the 9th century, describing "people who follow the tails of their horses" as they moved in search of grass for their herds. Mongolia's history as a nation began in 1206, when Temujin, later known as Chingis Khan, came to power and managed to unite previously warring nomadic tribes into one nation, creating one of the largest empires in history, stretching as far as Turkey and Poland.
Today, Mongolia is an enclosed country bordered only by Russia and China. With a very low population density, the country boasts spectacular landscapes with vast steppes, steep mountains, clear lakes, deserts, gorges, and abundant wildlife. Almost one-fifth of the country is covered by protected areas, and the government is working to increase their number.
Nomadic culture is a central part of Mongolian life, with herders known for their generous hospitality, often opening up their traditional yurts to visitors. Guests should be prepared to reciprocate with small gifts for the children.
Beyond the vast and uninhabited areas, incredible images await, such as horses, gazelles, and camels roaming free, Kazakh hunters practicing their ancient technique of hunting with golden eagles, and an explosive starry sky. The country's prehistory is also remarkable, with evidence of human civilization hundreds of thousands of years old and relics of archaic life millions of years old.
This trip offers the opportunity to meet Kazakh hunters and witness the ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles, as well as to traverse Mongolia on a 2,600 km route through valleys, steppes, gorges, and deserts. This adventure is ideal for those who are looking to experience one of the last authentic corners of our planet and are not concerned with luxury accommodations.