Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan

The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion

  • The bankhar, a guardian dog, is being reintroduced to protect livestock from predators and remove herders’ incentive to keep more animals and kill predators
  • Herd animals have tripled in number in recent years, causing overgrazing and trampling the grass
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Bankhars – several puppies pictured – are possibly the oldest domesticated dog breed in the world. Photo: Tessa Chan
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One of Mandala Nomadic’s luxury gers, set up somewhere in the Mongolian wilderness. Photo: Mandala Mongolia

Ultimate camping holiday: US$1,600 a night to sleep in a tent, but oh, what a tent – a ger on the Mongolian steppe

  • Mandala Nomadic sets up traditional tents, complete with en-suite facilities, far out on the Mongolian steppe
  • With no other building, or light in sight, the company encourages guests to engage with nearby nomadic families
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One of Mandala Nomadic’s luxury gers, set up somewhere in the Mongolian wilderness. Photo: Mandala Mongolia
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