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A Winter’s Tale: China’s Altay Mountains

Impassable but not impossible: National Geographic contributing writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through northwestern China’s Altay Mountains.

Trailblazer: Gregg Treinish

Saving the planet, one scat sample at a time—that’s not the slogan for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, but it could be. Founded by Gregg Treinish as a way to benefit the environment through adventure sports, the organization plays matchmaker between information collectors and thrill-seekers and guides groups through the backcountry. Here the Nat Geo emerging explorer shares some of his latest highlights, from Montana to Mongolia.

Indiana Jones 2.0

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Yu-min Lin is always pushing—to higher mountains, bigger waves, smarter technology, deeper heritage. Hear more about this intrepid archaeologist’s passions, predilections, and inspirations–and quest to find Genghis Khan’s tomb–in his own words.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Happy 850th, Genghis!

Mongolia is celebrating the 850th birthday of its founding father by proclaiming his favorite bird, the saker falcon, as its very first national bird. The move not only provides a fitting tribute to Genghis Khan; it will also help raise awareness about the importance of protecting this endangered species and launch Mongolia into the world of great bird-watching destinations.

The Radar: Top 10 Tapas in Granada, How to Catch a Geoduck, All Aboard the Trans-Mongolian Railway!

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photo: Luis Eduardo Sandoval Bavaresco/My Shot

Emerging Explorers

This week at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society hosts its fourth annual Explorers Symposium, in which our grantees from around the world present their work and discuss such topics as educating girls in rural Kenya, sea turtle conservation in Nicaragua, and developing perennial crops that can flourish with little or no…

Next Great Travel Writer: The Real Mongolia, Part Two

Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows, and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the “Next Great Travel Writer” essay contest, have been exploring Mongolia and sending IT dispatches along the way. In her last dispatch, Suzanne continues her quest for the “Real Mongolia,” this time finding it in the Gobi desert. Legend has it that the Gobi…

Next Great Travel Writer: Experiencing Naadam

Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the “Next Great Travel Writer” essay contest, have been exploring Mongolia and sending IT dispatches along the way. Today, Suzanne gets a hefty dose of local wrestling and horse racing culture. The hotel phone rings at 8:30, waking me from a short albeit dead…

The Next Great Travel Writer: Genghis Khan at the Disco

Earlier this month, Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the Next Great Travel Writer contest, traveled through Mongolia together and sent us dispatches from their trip. Over the next few days we’ll be publishing the last few recollections from their journey. Today Suzanne describes a night out at the Mongolian…

Next Great Travel Writer: The Steppes of Mongolia

Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, the winner of the Next Great Travel Writer contest, are blogging this week from Mongolia. Keith sends us this dispatch from the steppes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. On our way out of town we stop at the Gandantegchilen Monastery—the biggest in Mongolia and a survivor of…

Next Great Travel Writer: Gandan Monastery

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This week, Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and Suzanne Roberts, winner of the “Next Great Travel Writer” contest, are blogging during their trip through Mongolia. Today Suzanne writes of her visit to the Gandan Monastery. At the gate of the monastery, a woman crouches into the street, scooping rain water from the gutter with…