Call of the Majestic Mountains
Venturing into Mongolia’s vast mountain ranges, a photographer sees its endless wild beauty and the perfect backdrop for a festival that honours the ancient tradition of falconry.
Words: Suthipa Kamyam, Pattaramon Puapalroj
Photos: Suthipa Kamyam
Late autumn, in the midst of cold weather in Ulaanbaatar, we packed our bags and set off on our journey at dawn. We flew across a vast stunning landscape. Awestruck, the view transitioned from dry desolate desert to grand mountain ranges blanketed in white shining snow that gently turned light pink, painted by the touch of dawn. We finally landed in the Far West of Mongolia, home to the Kazakhs, who are known for their unique lifestyle, language and culture. After sunrise, the spectacular view of Ölgiy city clearly forms. It’s like looking at a toy board with miniature colourful houses, as it lines along the silvery Hobda River, surrounded by the seemingly endless range of the Altai Mountains.