Mongolia Lakes and Legends Photos

Have a closer look at the people, wildlife, scenery and accommodations you will enjoy on your JOURNEYS trip. Most of these pictures have been take by the JOURNEYS staff, but we welcome the submissions of JOURNEYS travelers.

The view from King's Mountain provides a commanding view of Ulan Bataaar and the homes of her one million inhabitants. Will Weber photo.
The view from King's Mountain provides a commanding view of Ulan Bataaar and the homes of her one million inhabitants. Will Weber photo.

Most Mongolians live in traditional gers. These are portable for a nomadic lifestyle, bu may inclulde a small wind turbine electirc generator and a satelitte dish for TV reception. Will Weber photo.
Most Mongolians live in traditional gers. These are portable for a nomadic lifestyle, bu may inclulde a small wind turbine electirc generator and a satelitte dish for TV reception. Will Weber photo.

The inside of a ger can be quite ornate. Orange is a favorite color. There is always a wood stove at the center and a skylight for light and ventilation. Will Weber photo.
The inside of a ger can be quite ornate. Orange is a favorite color. There is always a wood stove at the center and a skylight for light and ventilation. Will Weber photo.


The famous Naadam Festival horse races take place each July. The jockeys are always children ages 7-12. Some kids ride bareback. Some rideers are girls, but most are boys. Will Weber photo.
The famous Naadam Festival horse races take place each July. The jockeys are always children ages 7-12. Some kids ride bareback. Some rideers are girls, but most are boys. Will Weber photo.

Some of the kids get dressed in traditionally clothng for the horse races, adding color to the event. Will Weber photo.
Some of the kids get dressed in traditionally clothng for the horse races, adding color to the event. Will Weber photo.

Naadam includes games of horsemanship skill, like picking up a lassoo pole at galloping speed.Will Weber photo. Will Weber photo.
Naadam includes games of horsemanship skill, like picking up a lassoo pole at galloping speed.Will Weber photo. Will Weber photo.


The heritage of Chinggis Khan is reenacted as part of the Naadam Festival. Will Weber photo.
The heritage of Chinggis Khan is reenacted as part of the Naadam Festival. Will Weber photo.

Shamanistic dancing adds color and spiritual tradition to Naadam. Will Weber photo.
Shamanistic dancing adds color and spiritual tradition to Naadam. Will Weber photo.

Wrestling is Mongolia's national sport.  Match winners celebrate with the Eagle Dance. Will Weber photo.
Wrestling is Mongolia's national sport. Match winners celebrate with the Eagle Dance. Will Weber photo.


Mongolian nomads still love their horses.. also horsepower in the form of Russian motorcycles. Will Weber photo.
Mongolian nomads still love their horses.. also horsepower in the form of Russian motorcycles. Will Weber photo.

Our Mongolian guide
Our Mongolian guide "Tugsoo" better known to us as "Jack". Will Weber photo.

Buddhist practice is being restored in Mongolia as the Russian influence wanes. We visited several monasteries hosting local pilgrims and actively conducting rituals. Will Weber photo.
Buddhist practice is being restored in Mongolia as the Russian influence wanes. We visited several monasteries hosting local pilgrims and actively conducting rituals. Will Weber photo.


The spirit of the great 12th- 13th Century unifier of the nomads, Chinggis Khan, has been revivified through the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Mongolian Nation in 2006. Will Weber photo.
The spirit of the great 12th- 13th Century unifier of the nomads, Chinggis Khan, has been revivified through the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Mongolian Nation in 2006. Will Weber photo.

Gandantegchinlen is the most impressive monastery in Ulan Bataar and perhaps all of Mongolia. This building houses an enormous standing Buddha. Will Weber photo.
Gandantegchinlen is the most impressive monastery in Ulan Bataar and perhaps all of Mongolia. This building houses an enormous standing Buddha. Will Weber photo.

The favorite traditon instrument of Mongolia is the horsehead fiddle or Morin Khuur. Will Weber photo.
The favorite traditon instrument of Mongolia is the horsehead fiddle or Morin Khuur. Will Weber photo.


Contortionist are a part of every Mongolian dance and musical presentation.  Contortionists also appear in eye catching billboards and commercial product advertisements. Will Weber photo.
Contortionist are a part of every Mongolian dance and musical presentation. Contortionists also appear in eye catching billboards and commercial product advertisements. Will Weber photo.

A stroll along the still shores of crystalline Lake Hovsgul dissolves time. The lake offers great fishng and birding and lies in the same watershed as Lake Baikal in Russia. Will Weber photo.
A stroll along the still shores of crystalline Lake Hovsgul dissolves time. The lake offers great fishng and birding and lies in the same watershed as Lake Baikal in Russia. Will Weber photo.

We were able to visit four different nomad families in their gers, including this household in the taiga where we sampled yak milk and cheese. Will Weber photo.
We were able to visit four different nomad families in their gers, including this household in the taiga where we sampled yak milk and cheese. Will Weber photo.


These are the versatile Russian-built SUVs that seem to float over Mongolia's rough roads. They are not stylish, but are surprisingly spacious and durable. Will Weber photo.
These are the versatile Russian-built SUVs that seem to float over Mongolia's rough roads. They are not stylish, but are surprisingly spacious and durable. Will Weber photo.

We stopped to admire a reindeer and the lovable shaman lady who tended them. Nomdic reindeer herders live in the northwest of Mongolia. Will Weber photo.
We stopped to admire a reindeer and the lovable shaman lady who tended them. Nomdic reindeer herders live in the northwest of Mongolia. Will Weber photo.


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