Where to go for adventure travel: Taiga Mongolia

Where to go for adventure travel: Taiga Mongolia

The Taiga is the best mystery traveling zone for adventure seekers. In terms of geographic, the taiga refers to a vast Siberian forest that spills over the Russian border into Mongolia The most famous part lies beyond Lake Hövsgöl at the country’s northernmost point. Taigas are thick forests. Coniferous trees, such as spruce, pine, and fir, are common. Coniferous trees have needles instead of broad leaves, and their seeds grow inside protective, woody cones. While deciduous trees of temperate forests lose their leaves in winter, conifers never lose their needles. For this reason, conifers are also called “evergreens.” This is the place where the Tsaatan live. A remote minority group of nomadic reindeer herders, they are often problematically characterized as “mystical,” “untouched,” and even a “lost tribe. The Tsaatan are among Mongolia’s staple travel stories (along with the Altai eagle hunters) because, frankly, herding reindeer through a starry wilderness sounds irresistibly romantic. Plus, the landscape they roam is so inaccessible that any visitor is automatically upgraded to an adventurer. That’s not to say it’s an easy trip. The taiga is remote, even by Mongolian standards. The country is largely road less and overland travel is time-consuming. The forest itself can be navigated only on horseback. This is one trip where the journey really does outweight the destination. Tsaatan (4).jpg

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