Mongolian Nomadic Experience.


by Matteo Allegro

Mongolia is a fantastic place where one can experience real adventures in a never ending wild plain from the Gobi Desert to the green steppe of Dornod.

During my trip to Mongolia, I had the luck to face the legendary Mongolian hospitality as I stayed for a few weeks together with nomad herders experiencing their way of life. It was an absolutely intense experience due to the extreme wildness of the nature and to exceptional opportunity of tasting their tough costumes. Together with my hosts I had the opportunity to take care of the animals, ride horses, prepare traditional food and drink tons of milk tea...and Vodka!

Even if we couldn't talk to each other since I couldn't speak Mongolian and they couldn't speak English, we finally managed to establish strong relationships and I'll definitely keep those memories in the depht of my heart.

For sure Mongolia is a tough place for tough people but I can say that Mongolian herders are as big-hearted as nobody else I have ever met in my travels around the world.

With my pictures, I tried to capture the beautiful huge spaces of the Central Gobi and of the Eastern Steppe of Dornod together with the proud attitude of Mongolian people.

3 Responses to “Matteo Allegro”

  1. Oliver

    Marvellous impressions, capturing the vast remoteness of the place and the nomadic life quite well I think…

  2. Matt H

    It’s funny, several years ago living in Japan my British colleague and I were talking about travelling to Mongolia as it’s a place where we had absolutely no concept of what was actually “there”. Seems that it’s because it’s so truly empty and flat – some might see this as boring, but seems to me like the perfect place to truly escape from civilisation as opposed to the token sandy-island-resort, vacuum-sealed experience.

    We never got around to going, but it’s still a place on my bucket list that I aim to get to someday. This article just makes me want to scratch that itch even more. Well done.

  3. SMR

    Just as I hoped it would be…astoundingly beautiful!

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