With fall fast approaching, the Mongol and Kazakh herders who inhabit this land of craggy peaks, wide valleys and silver blue lakes in the Altay Mountains are on the move, heading for lower pastures until winter sets in. Then they’ll be migrating again: these herders move four times a year, each season shifting to the places their nomadic forefathers have inhabited for generations.
Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.
Joanna Lillis is a journalist based in Almaty and author of Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.
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