If five star hotels are your thing, this trip is not for you – but if you want to meet the people and the wildness that is Mongolia, join her.
I love crawling out of my tent in the early morning.
Camped on the edge of an enormous open valley, I look across a giant low basin, rimmed with dark towering mountains.
I love the quiet of Mongolia.
Sometimes the sound of the herders whistle or the cry of a tiny goat permeates the silence. And sometimes just the whisper of the wind or the hush, hush of wings overhead.
I boil water to make tea, for myself and my travellers and take in the beauty which surrounds me.
I love the diversity of Mongolia’s magnificent landscapes and her wildness and each year when I come, it’s different.
I love the intensely stark Gobi in the south, the desert…. hot and dry and Baga Gazrin Chuluu, incredible rock formations and the magnificence of Khogoryn Els (Mongolia’s largest sand dunes). In the north, I love the dense birch and larch forests with their millions of wildflowers, which carpet the lush mountain passes. To the west where the mountains never lose their lace collars of snow and I love the crystal blue lakes and rushing clear rivers which flow from the Spring snow melt.
Imagine a plate piled high with fresh, deep fried minced lamb fritters (Khusuurs). Or a big dollop of just made yoghurt on your breakfast. I love the food.
I love the nomadic herder families who live in Gers and are warm and friendly. They share a tiny part of their traditional nomadic lives with me, a foreigner.
Mongolia with all her beauty has indeed dazzled me but I am acutely aware of becoming complacent. She is a land of temperature extremes and can change dramatically within a few hours. It’s not often that two days are alike and I’m learning to expect the unexpected. From sweltering in a pair of shorts one day, to 24 hours later when I’m pulling on all my winter woollies.
A trip through Mongolia is something unique. There is NO other place like Mongolia. In four weeks you may get a diminutive taste of what this country has to offer.
Mongolia is not for the faint hearted and if you’re looking for a five star type, cushy, comfortable holiday, then Mongolia is probably not for you.
It can be challenging, both emotionally and physically. AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE