Mongolia – Heading West

As one of the world’s least densely populated country, Mongolia is a country of vast open spaces, nomads and mutton. At the countries center, along the Trans Mongolian railway lies the coldest capital city in the world, the rather bland Ulan Bator. Venturing out of the city is where you discover Mongolia’s rugged beauty and great hospitality. To the south lies Asia’s largest desert, the Gobi, which is constantly growing further into the north of China. Heading into Western Mongolia gives an immense sense of isolation. Here you find Kazakh nomads who fled Kazakhstan because of the “Russification” since 1920, and set up permanent residence in the Bayan-Ulgii province. To see the best of the country it’s suggested to tour the country using your own vehicle (or a guide), however attempting to master your own way around on public transport can be an experience in itself.

Gobi desert from the Trans Mongolian railway

View of the Gobi desert from the Trans Mongolian Railway enroute to Ulan Bator

Officer waves in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator - Mongolia

Military procession in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator

Mock fighting in Sukhbaatar square, Ulan Bator Mongolia

Mock fighting in Sukhbaatar square, Ulan Bator

Munks cleaning dishes in Gandantegchinlen Ulan Bator Mongolia

Munks at Gandantegchinlen, Ulan Bator

Women mongolia black market ulan bator depressed

Women waits at her packed up stall in the black market, Ulan Bator

Terelj National Park Mongolia

Terelj National Park, outside Ulan Bator

Overview of Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Sunset over Terelj National Park, outside Ulan Bator

Terelj National Park Mongolia, horse riding

Terelj National Park, outside of Ulan Bator

Terelj National Park Mongolia, horse riding

Terelj National Park, outside of Ulan Bator

Food stop on the 36hr bus journey from Ulan Bator to Khovd

Food stop on the 36hr bus journey from Ulan Bator to Khovd

Car swap, mongolian policeman, enroute to olgii

Confusing situation with police enroute to Olgii in the far west

Bayan-Ölgii Province, snow capped mountains and fields of grass

Remote landscapes of the Bayan-Ölgii Province

Eagle flying in front of mountains western Mongolia

Eagle soaring in the far west of Mongolia

Green grass, russian van, mongolia, transport

Driver stops in the middle of a field to swap some of his fuel for alcohol

russian jeep arrives on dirt rd at sunset in Olgii Mongolia

Arriving in the far west of Mongolia, Olgii

Outdoor pool in the sun, black markets Bayan Ölgii Mongolia

Playing pool at the black market in Ölgii, Mongolia

Horse by the river through Tsengel, Bayan-Ölgii‎ Mongolia

Riding along the river towards Tsengel, Bayan-Ölgii‎

Khurgan Nuur (lake) in Bayan-Ölgii Mongolia

Khurgan Nuur/lake in Bayan-Ölgii

Cow dung fire, cooking fish from Khurgan Nuur, Mongolia

Mardan lights up some cow dung to cook freshly caught fish from the Khurgan Nuur

Black and silver horse tied up to a post, mongolia

Horse waits patiently near the Khurgan Nuur

Goat milk, khurgan nuur Mongolia Bayan-Ölgii

Milking goats by the Khurgan Nuur

Khurgan Nuur (lake) in Bayan-Ölgii Mongolia

Khurgan Nuur (lake) in Bayan-Ölgii

Cooking a goat and cooling it off in the Khurgan Nuur

Kids pose while a cooked goat is cooled off in the Khurgan Nuur

Curious kids observing me eat by the Khurgan Nuur Mongolia, sunset

Curious kids observing me eat by the Khurgan Nuur

Mongol kazak kids playing at khurgan nuur mongolia

Kids playing around by the Khurgan Nuur

Kid playing on a hill by the Khurgan Nuur Mongolia

Kid plays with rocks by the Khurgan Nuur

Three Kazak-mongol men walk along the Khurgan Nuur

Kazak Mongolian men stroll along the Khurgan Nuur

Mongolian ger/yurt, their living room, kitchen and bedroom

A family inside their ger, camped around the Khurgan Nuur

Horse reflection in waters above the Khurgan Nuur Mongolia

Drinking from the Khurgan Nuur

Horses play around the Khurgan Nuur lake, Mongolia

Horse love along the Khurgan Nuur

Man on a silver horse with a purple sunset in Mongolia Khurgan nuur

Kazak-Mongol man on his horse by the Khurgan Nuur

Man plays with a goats head after cooking

Head from a cooked goat, Khurgan Nuur

Sunset in Khurgan Nuur lake

Sunset enjoyed by five kids and one baby wolf, Khurgan Nuur

Dog howls alongside the Khurgan Nuur, Altai Tavan Bogd

Dog howls alongside the Khurgan Nuur

Goats and kids on a hill in the Khurgan Nuur lakes region

Kids and goats fool around near Khurgan Nuur

Altai Tavan Bogd, women cooking along the Khurgan lake

Kazak-Mongol women cooking by the Khurgan Nuur

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