Mongolia, one of the last untouched travel destinations of the world. Within a short amount of time, one can travel from the majestic western Altai mountains into the lush valleys and green steppe of central and eastern Mongolia. A quick journey south takes you into the expansive Gobi Desert. A little north and you are surrounded by forested mountains and great lakes. Ask any Mongolian, they won’t hesitate to proudly boast about their country’s blue sky, crystal lakes and golden desert. Mongolia’s ever-changing landscape provides any visitor with innumerable-breathtaking views and panoramic photography opportunities.
Traditions of the past are still practiced today on the steppe by its peoples. Mongolia, being one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, is inhabited by the skilled Kazakh Eagle hunters in the west, the reclusive Reindeer Herders in the north, and the hardy nomadic herders living in yurts sprinkled throughout the countryside. All of these groups hold a tradition of legendary hospitality dating back to the time of Genghis Khan.
Barbara Expedition to Mongolia
February 25th 2019 – March 10th 2019
This 14-day expedition, curated for Barbara Hillary, will have her visiting three different groups of people, all with unique cultures, in rural Mongolian winter. She will visit an extremely rural nomadic Mongolian family whose lives are being devastated by climate change and the changing ways of their country.
After making her way west, she will spend a day with an all-female team of Kazakh rug makers. Barbara will then visit the the örst Eagle Huntresses, where Barbara can learn about the huntress’s struggles as well as the Kazakh tradition of hunting with a Golden Eagle. Lastly, she will visit the Reindeer Herders in the far north and learn about their dying culture.
In addition to corporate sponsorship, we are looking for donations to help send Barbara on this incredible and worthy expedition.
A lifelong boundary-breaker who defies expectations to remind us what we are all capable of, Barbara has been an inspiration to many people in her lifetime, particularly women and girls, and now looks to bring her curiosity and courage to a new environmental frontier.