Mongolia's nomads

For two weeks I joined a small group trek led by author and Mongolia expert Tim Cope, following traditional herdsmen and their camels on their migratory path across the vast plains of remote Western Mongolia.

While just under a third of Mongolians are nomadic or semi-nomadic, the herders travelling with us were different in that they are living much the same life as they would have thousands of years ago. They still travel by camel and use no generators or water pumps.

As Mongolia changes rapidly, the future of these nomads is uncertain: will their young move to the city, or continue this nomadic life? I learnt much from them during this expedition: above all, it challenged my notion of home and belonging.