Photographer's Note

Mongolian nomads move 4 times a year. All their belongings fit on three or four carts drawn by yaks, or camels, (and maybe horses too, although I have not seen that). They go where the grass is good, and enough water available.
Mongolia is a land without fences, and the ground is owned by the government, so you can herd your livestock everywhere.

In the time we were there, the second half of September, families were getting ready to move to their winter camps.
The men go first with the cattle, and the women break up the camp. The distance can vary from fifteen kilometers to sixty, which would take more than a day. A ger can be taken down in 40 minutes, and built up again in an hour and a half.

Only in their winter camp they have more or less permanent ‘constructions’, usually to do something with their livestock, and to keep them from wandering off in the snow. Winter camps can be found in protected places, between the hills, protected from the reigning wind, which is north-west.

These camels were waiting to go, and stood there just by themselves at the side of the road. I’m sorry that the first camel was so rude to turn his head away from you.

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