Visiting reindeer herders in northern Mongolia

The Tsaatan reindeer herders are a small nomadic group that live in a valley west of lake Hovsgol in northern Mongolia. they have become a popular off-the-beaten track destination in recent years. But as with so many indigenous people, the tourism didn’t necessarily help them. Now an NGO, the Itgel Foundation is trying to ensure that revenue from tourism actually stays in the community, and that the area is not overrun by tourists. A noble grassroots initiative, that could certianly be copied elsewhere as well.