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Mongolia

Mongolia

On this virtual voyage through Mongolia, learn about the country’s past, present and future.

Travel and Adventure

Mongolia Country Overview by Rustic Pathways
Learn about the country’s culture and history, local language and foods.

A to Z: Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Mongolia
From the Altai Mountains to Yaks and Zud, we go through the A, B, C’s of Mongolia.

Statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia
Visit the 30 meter high famous Genghis Khan (also known as Genghis Khan or Chinggis Khan) statue northeast of Ulaanbaatar is a real eye-catcher in the wide landscape.

History

Video: The Last Eagle Hunters of Mongolia
The Last Eagle Hunters: In a remote corner of Mongolia live the last practitioners of an ancient tradition – the eagle hunters. Passed down through countless generations, this skill is at risk of being lost to the modern world.

History of the Mongolian Ger
Learn about how the Ger (a traditional Mongolian felt tent) originated and what it is like to sleep in one!

Genghis Khan – History
Mongol leader Genghis Khan (1162-1227) rose from humble beginnings to establish the largest land empire in history. Learn about how he conquered huge chunks of central Asia and China, slaughtered countless tribes, granted religious freedom to his subjects, abolished torture, encouraged trade and created the first international postal system.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
A book on the Mongol Empire from the time of Genghis Khan through the reign of Kubulai Khan.

Culture

Mongolian Wrestling
Mongolian wrestling (бөх, bökh) has been a traditional sport in Mongolia for centuries. Mongolian wrestlers have an important cultural status in traditional Mongolian society and are thought to embody ancient ideals of nobility, strength and chivalrous sportsmanship. This article helps show the importance of this sport to the Mongolian culture.

The Nomadic Way Meets Generation Z in Modern Mongolia
How the old world and cultures are colliding and cohabitating with the new and modern world of social media, luxury coffee shops and pop music with generation Z as its leaders.

Rustic in Mongolia

Photos from Rustic travelers

Rustic Programs in Mongolia

Eat

Native Dish: Mongolian Byaslag Cheese
Ancient creamy Mongolian cheese known as Byaslag is made using two everyday store-bought ingredients familiar to most Americans: Whole Milk and Plain Yogurt.

12 Signature Mongolian Foods
Mongolian cuisine is much influenced by the continental climate that dominates the region, and also a bit by the Russian and Chinese cultures. Meat and dairy form the staple diet of this nomadic cuisine, with the use of vegetables being limited. The meat of horse, yak, beef, lamb and even camel is consumed as delicacies.

Do

Mongolian Throat Singing
Tuvan throat singing, Khoomei, is one particular variant of overtone singing practiced by people in Tuva, Mongolia, it was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

Video: Mongolian Wrestling Eagle Dance
Learn the traditional dance of Mongolian Wrestlers. Before and after each match, each wrestler does a traditional “Eagle Dance” (devekh), which has its origins in shamanistic rituals.