Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

What’s New in Mongolia

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.

  • 2010 is a great time to go to Mongolia, as the search for Ghengis Khan's grave  continues and the Naadam Festival beckons. Smithsonian Journeys will take you there.

  • What intrigues you about Mongolia?