Closed off from the rest of the world for most of the 20th century, Mongolia’s very name conjures images of the isolated and untouched reaches of the planet. Now with open doors, the world is captivated by the people and culture living along the edges of remote wilderness, their simple lifestyles, and intriguing history. Visitors near and far come to Mongolia to experience one of the last great adventure destinations the world has to offer.

Mongolia’s appeal to seasoned travelers likely springs from the hospitable kinship of the country’s nomadic people in its rural steppes and semi-deserts. Here, in one of the last authentic communities of wanderers, shared love of the outdoors is enough to welcome any stranger into a shepherd’s yurt for warmth and conversation.

Tibetan Buddhist tradition is woven throughout the nomadic culture as well, lending to the people’s joy in simplicity. Although the Stalinist purges of the 1930s threatened to suppress the country’s religious beliefs, Mongolia’s spirituality persisted and eventually led to the resurgence of Buddhism in 1990 when Mongolia became a democracy.

Today, whether an urban consumer of Ulan Bator or a nomadic shepherd in the plains, everyone is an advocate for democracy—despite being landlocked by their Russia, China, and Kazakhstan neighbors.

Explore the Gobi Desert in the south and the many snowy mountains in the north for a taste of Mongolia’s famous extremes. The terrain lends itself to wide-lens trekking and communion with nature. Prepare to find your self in a contemplative mood in the vast and rugged setting, where few distractions can keep you from your own, peaceful reverie.

Whether venturing to the heartland of Chinggis Khaan’s legacy or taking in the sporty Naadam festival, the National Holiday of Mongolia held every July, travel to Mongolia with Ker & Downey is an adventurous and unforgettable expedition.