<p>Often at odds with modern culture, today’s nomadic peoples continue a way of life that their ancestors practiced for thousands of years. While some move entire communities across the harsh landscapes of their native lands, others struggle to find an identity between the world’s political borders.</p> <p>In northern Mongolia’s Darhad valley, an ox-back ride is sometimes dangerous, but there’s no other way to go: The adults are too busy herding to babysit. Each fall hundreds of nomadic families and some 60,000 animals leave the Darhad valley and travel 40 to 70 miles (64 to 112 kilometers) to winter pastures near Lake Hovsgol.</p>

Ox-Back Ride, Mongolia

Often at odds with modern culture, today’s nomadic peoples continue a way of life that their ancestors practiced for thousands of years. While some move entire communities across the harsh landscapes of their native lands, others struggle to find an identity between the world’s political borders.

In northern Mongolia’s Darhad valley, an ox-back ride is sometimes dangerous, but there’s no other way to go: The adults are too busy herding to babysit. Each fall hundreds of nomadic families and some 60,000 animals leave the Darhad valley and travel 40 to 70 miles (64 to 112 kilometers) to winter pastures near Lake Hovsgol.

Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie, National Geographic

Nomads

See photos of nomadic peoples, such as Bedouin, Tuareg, and Roma, in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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