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…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ice Valleys

Read part one of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The White Stupa. We said goodbye to Olyii, Gerlee and their animals at 9 AM and were ready for another long day driving through the Gobi Desert. The ride was bumpy at first, but then we turned off onto a newly-built asphalt road, which was built for the Gobi tours last year. It used to take…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The White Stupa

We left the hostel at 8.30 AM, a group of seven consisting of two Singaporean girls, Aida and Lisa, an English guy, Luke, an American guy, Alex, our guide Byamba, our driver Bagii and me. It was the perfect team and we all got on really well, despite us not being able to communicate in English with Bagii. Byamba was fluent in English, very informative…

Mongolia: In the Land of the Blue Sky

Mongolia was my 12th stop on the journey around Asia and the stop that I was most excited about. It was also the country that I had decided to spend the most time in, mainly because I was so intrigued by the nomadic culture that still exists in Mongolia. In fact, Mongolia is the last country on earth where people are still living as nomads,…