July 2016

In the footsteps of Genghis Khan, I’ve spent two incredible weeks discovering the vast steppe of the Orkhon valley overhung by the Khangaï hills (central Mongolia), some 350 kilometers west of Ulaan Baatar and where volcanic landscapes are breathtaking. The area is inhabited by nomadic families who live in harmony with the natural beauties of their land. They have kept their ancestral cultures and hospitality.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discovering their way of life and partaking alongside the natives’ bonfire evenings, which included appreciating ayrag (fermented horse milk), yak butter, and finishing the evening with some Mongolian vodka to warm the belly and folk singing to warm the heart.
Special thanks to Batmagnai, Batjav and Amaraa whom I loved taking pictures of!