Mongolia is a landlocked country in East Asia, bordered by Russia to the north, China to the south, and Kazakhstan to the west. It covers an area of 1,564,116 square kilometres (603,909 square miles), with a population of just 3.3 million, making it the world's most sparsely populated sovereign nation. Mongolia is the world's largest landlocked country that does not border a closed sea. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to roughly half of the country's population.
Mongolia is a landlocked country in East Asia, bordered by Russia to the north, China to the south, and Kazakhstan to the west. It covers an area of 1,564,116 square kilometres (603,909 square miles), with a population of just 3.3 million, making it the world's most sparsely populated sovereign nation. Mongolia is the world's largest landlocked country that does not border a closed sea. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to roughly half of the country's population.
The 21 Aimags (provinces) of Mongolia are further subdivided into 331 Sums (districts. Approximately 30% of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic; horse culture remains integral. Buddhism is the majority religion, with the nonreligious being the second-largest group. Islam is the second-largest religion, concentrated among ethnic Kazakhs. Most citizens are ethnic Mongols, with roughly 5% of the population being Kazakhs, Tuvans, and other minorities, who are especially concentrated in the west.
The 21 Aimags (provinces) of Mongolia are further subdivided into 331 Sums (districts. Approximately 30% of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic; horse culture remains integral. Buddhism is the majority religion, with the nonreligious being the second-largest group. Islam is the second-largest religion, concentrated among ethnic Kazakhs. Most citizens are ethnic Mongols, with roughly 5% of the population being Kazakhs, Tuvans, and other minorities, who are especially concentrated in the west.
Much of Mongolia is covered by grassy steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to roughly half of the country's population.
Much of Mongolia is covered by grassy steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to roughly half of the country's population.
Road map of area around the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Our Mongolian trip began in Ulaanbaatar after a filght from Souel Korea
Road map of area around the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Our Mongolian trip began in Ulaanbaatar after a filght from Souel Korea
Chinggis Khaan International Airport Mongolia. A brand new airport that had only been open for several months
Chinggis Khaan International Airport Mongolia. A brand new airport that had only been open for several months
Modern buildings in Ulaanbaatar from Sûkhbaatar Square
Modern buildings in Ulaanbaatar from Sûkhbaatar Square
Chinggis Khaan Statue in Sûkhbaatar Square in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Chinggis Khaan Statue in Sûkhbaatar Square in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Government House in Sûkhbaatar Square in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Government House in Sûkhbaatar Square in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant in a shopping mall in Ulaanbaatar. I had always thoght that was an American restaurant concept. Who knows?
Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant in a shopping mall in Ulaanbaatar. I had always thoght that was an American restaurant concept. Who knows?
Flew from Ulaanbaatar to Hovd, overnighted at the Steppe Hotel and then drove to the Single Tree area of Tsambagaray Uul National park
Flew from Ulaanbaatar to Hovd, overnighted at the Steppe Hotel and then drove to the Single Tree area of Tsambagaray Uul National park
Steppe Hotel in Hovd
Steppe Hotel in Hovd
Grocery store in Hovd like a Costco
Grocery store in Hovd like a Costco
Grocery store in Hovd like a Costco
Grocery store in Hovd like a Costco
Mongolian desert steppe outside of Hovd
Mongolian desert steppe outside of Hovd
Ger, the home of the nomadic Mongolians. Over 30% on Mongolians are nomads.
Ger, the home of the nomadic Mongolians. Over 30% on Mongolians are nomads.
Mongolian desert steppe outside of Hovd
Mongolian desert steppe outside of Hovd
The nomadic Kazakhs of Western Mongolia maintain large herds of sheep and goats.
The nomadic Kazakhs of Western Mongolia maintain large herds of sheep and goats.
Wild Bacterian Camels in Westerm Mongolia
Wild Bacterian Camels in Westerm Mongolia
Group of Gers,  summer home of nomadic Kazakh people of Westerm Mongolia
Group of Gers, summer home of nomadic Kazakh people of Westerm Mongolia
Arrival at Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Arrival at Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
The welcoming committee
The welcoming committee
Tsast Uul and Tsambagarav Uul (mountains) in the distanace
Tsast Uul and Tsambagarav Uul (mountains) in the distanace
Guest Mongolian GER accomodations. Yurt is a Russian term.
Guest Mongolian GER accomodations. Yurt is a Russian term.
Susan in front of our assigned GER
Susan in front of our assigned GER
The interior of our Ger. Not the standard Mongolian Ger layout. The robes were very warm and wonderful.
The interior of our Ger. Not the standard Mongolian Ger layout. The robes were very warm and wonderful.
Due to double bed we did not have a stove
Due to double bed we did not have a stove
Complete with a Buddist shrine for moments of contemplation
Complete with a Buddist shrine for moments of contemplation
Toilet tent on the left, shower tent on the right
Toilet tent on the left, shower tent on the right
View from the throne in the toilet tent
View from the throne in the toilet tent
The interior of the dinning Ger.
The interior of the dinning Ger.
Early morning and all the livestock is heading out to pasture
Early morning and all the livestock is heading out to pasture
Archery competition at the Altantsögts community Nadam Festival
Archery competition at the Altantsögts community Nadam Festival
Nadam Festival archer
Nadam Festival archer
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf  posing for us
Top archers as noted by head gear and neck scarf posing for us
Finish line for Altantsögts community Nadam Feestival horse races
Finish line for Altantsögts community Nadam Feestival horse races
Kids are the same everywhere, clowning for the camera
Kids are the same everywhere, clowning for the camera
And the winner is?, Riders ride bareback and are 4-12 years old
And the winner is?, Riders ride bareback and are 4-12 years old
They race long distances, not around a track. The mask is protection from the dust
They race long distances, not around a track. The mask is protection from the dust
The races have 6 divisions and 5 winners in each division
The races have 6 divisions and 5 winners in each division
Age of horse and age of rider figure into winners
Age of horse and age of rider figure into winners
Altantsögts community Dadam Festival grounds
Altantsögts community Dadam Festival grounds
Presentation of winners and awards
Presentation of winners and awards
Horse, rider, trainer and grandparent
Horse, rider, trainer and grandparent
Awards like this add to the value of the horse
Awards like this add to the value of the horse
It's tradition to share a cup of mares milk
It's tradition to share a cup of mares milk
the trainer, the rider
the trainer, the rider
and the horse share the milk
and the horse share the milk
Drink it kid, you'll learn to like it!
Drink it kid, you'll learn to like it!
Blue Group award presentation, 5 winners
Blue Group award presentation, 5 winners
Horse, rider and award
Horse, rider and award
Archery, horse racing and this is the third leg of Nadam festival events, wrestling!
Archery, horse racing and this is the third leg of Nadam festival events, wrestling!
Has anybody told you, you have bad breath?
Has anybody told you, you have bad breath?
A happy winner
A happy winner
Another winner
Another winner
A wrestling winner,Altantsögts community Nadam Festival
A wrestling winner,Altantsögts community Nadam Festival
Altantsögts community Nadam Festival winning wrestlers parading in their speedos
Altantsögts community Nadam Festival winning wrestlers parading in their speedos
Unhappy spectator
Unhappy spectator
What candy from the photographer will do
What candy from the photographer will do
Look, look, look, we're hot stuff
Look, look, look, we're hot stuff
Giving each other a super wedgie
Giving each other a super wedgie
Very tired wrestlers
Very tired wrestlers
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Locals gathering for a wedding
Locals gathering for a wedding
Respected elder men, picture of bride and groom in backgound
Respected elder men, picture of bride and groom in backgound
Honored senior members of the wedding party
Honored senior members of the wedding party
Family matriarchs pondering what the bride is about to endure?
Family matriarchs pondering what the bride is about to endure?
Life is tough for women in this part of the world
Life is tough for women in this part of the world
The growd gathers as the wedding time nears
The growd gathers as the wedding time nears
Everybody is here from all over the area
Everybody is here from all over the area
The bride and groom!
The bride and groom!
The wedding party. Does she look happy?
The wedding party. Does she look happy?
Wedding party posing prior to ceramony beginning
Wedding party posing prior to ceramony beginning
Her final moments of ........
Her final moments of ........
Nearby Gers and belongings
Nearby Gers and belongings
Time to find a locaation to pose the eagle hunters
Time to find a locaation to pose the eagle hunters
Driving into the mtns. Our Ger in far distance on right
Driving into the mtns. Our Ger in far distance on right
Snow!
Snow!
A very remote and isolated Ger.
A very remote and isolated Ger.
Large herds of animals
Large herds of animals
Herdding on horseback
Herdding on horseback
This is really off the grid, no water, no electricity, no internet, no almost everything..
This is really off the grid, no water, no electricity, no internet, no almost everything..
heading back to our Ger, we just missed being in a large down pour
heading back to our Ger, we just missed being in a large down pour
The calf was just born
The calf was just born
The first time standing. Not very stable
The first time standing. Not very stable
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
Gants Modnii Zuslian area in Bayan-Olgiy Aimag (Province) Known as the "Single Tree" area
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