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What’s New in Mongolia

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Maybe you haven’t thought about Mongolia lately, but we’ve been keeping track of the news from the steppes.

Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Sunrise over a traditional Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang


  • Nomadic herders are embracing solar energy for their ger tents, helping in the fight against climate change.
  • British adventurer Ripley Davenport will walk 1700 miles across Mongolia, from east to west, starting in April 2010. His expedition will be the longest solo and unassisted walk ever attempted and will raise funds for UNICEF’s children’s programs.
  • Made in Mongolia, a line of handmade felt clothing, accessories, toys, and housewares, has launched  and grown with the assistance of the Irish government. MIM aims to allow Mongolian women and their communities greater self-sufficiency while preserving traditional crafting skills.


What intrigues you about Mongolia?

Travel Hit List: Mongolia

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Mongolia is one of the world’s last untamed frontiers…. The nomadic culture, wild horses, and desert scenery are just the beginning of what’s on offer there for adventurous travelers.

Read: about renewed interest in Khara Khorum, the first capital of the Khan empire.

Hear: music from across the Silk Road.

Watch: what the Smithsonian is doing to preserve Przewalski Horses, a 250,000 year-old species native to Mongolia, but now extinct in the wild.

Eat and Drink: curds, lamb, and Sueeti Tsai (sweet tea).

Check out: an update on some fascinating anthropological work in Mongolia as Smithsonian scientists excavate Bronze Age burial mounds.

Go: Now is a great time to book a journey to Mongolia.

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