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A 2-Day Horse Trek to Song Kul Lake

After four amazing days of checking out the diverse nature around the Issyk Kul Lake, Steve and I decided to travel onwards to another lake, Song Kul Lake, which would take us a few days to reach. We arrived in Kochkor, the starting point of tours to Song Kul, in the afternoon after a 6-hour drive from Karakol via Balykchy and went straight to the…

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A 24 km. Hike to the Altyn Arashan Gorge

Our original plan for our final day in Karakol was to hike to the stunning Ala-Kul Lake, a rock-dammed lake with a distinctive blue colour, located in the Terskey Alatau Mountains at an altitude of 3560 m. We had made a plan with a taxi driver, who would take us to the trailhead for 250 soms and from there, we were told the hike would…

Skazka Canyon, Kyrgyzstan

By the Shore of Issyk Kul: The Skazka Canyon

On our third day in Karakol, we were surprised to wake up to good weather after a rainy day the day before, and so decided to explore nearby Skazka Canyon, which we were told is best explored when it’s dry, as it otherwise gets very muddy. Skazka Canyon lies on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and is an unusual place with stunning rocky…

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Jeti Oguz: Finding the Waterfall in the Rain

On our first full day in Karakol, we decided to go on a day trip to the Jeti Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometres from Karakol. I was excited to finally get out into the Kyrgyz nature that we had heard so much about. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the most beautiful of the Stan’s because of its natural beauty, and after exploring the…

Snow-covered Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Snowy Days at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

When I returned to Ulaanbaatar from my little adventure in Kharkhorin, I was already ready to escape to nature again. I had a plan for my last few days in Mongolia; I wanted to visit the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, famous for it’s beautiful landscapes and crazy rock formations. I soon made plans with Jimmy and Charles, who I had met at the hostel, to go…

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A Cultural Getaway to Kharkhorin

Two days after my Gobi adventure had ended, I felt the urge to get out of the city once again and decided to join Alex in Kharkhorin, which he had left for the day before. I missed the rolling steppe, I missed the mountains, but most of all, I missed the animals and the local people of the small villages. Kharkhorin is a small town…

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Stories from the Gobi Desert: Snowy Mountains at Elsen Tasarkhai

Read part five of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ongi Monastery The sixth and last day of our Gobi tour had no set itinerary, apart from where we were going to stay for the night. Luckily, Byamba and Bagii chose an amazing place with much to see and do, but we were technically no longer in the actual Gobi Desert, when we arrived there;…

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Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ongi Monastery

Read part four of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Homeland of the Dinosaurs On our 5th day in the Gobi Desert, we experienced the warmest weather to date; in fact it was so warm that I didn’t wear my jacket all day, something that I hadn’t been able to since coming to Mongolia. It’s fascinating how quickly the weather changes in Mongolia; from bitterly…

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Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Homeland of the Dinosaurs

Read part three of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Khongor Sand Dunes We left the lovely family after a long farewell with Buyan Khishig in the morning and then headed for our next destination, which was 180 km. away. It was another day of bumpy driving that none of us were really looking forward to, so when the van had some problems and Bagii…

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Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Khongor Sand Dunes

Read part two of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ice Valleys After a good night’s sleep, it was time to hit the road again and head to the destination that I was looking forward to the most: The Khongor Sand Dunes, also known as The Singing Sands. Despite what most people believe, sand dunes only take up 3 % of the Gobi Desert and…