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September 2015 The dark clouds were beginning to clear the next morning as we left our campsite and set out for our journey to the Khongoryn Els or Singing Sands, the largest dunes in the Gobi. Usually when someone thinks of the Gobi Desert they envision rolling sand dunes like the Sahara, but this is a fallacious assumption. The vast majority of the Gobi is gravel, with numerous exotic rock formations as… Read More

September 2015 When we finally left the White Stupa rock formations it was late afternoon and time to find a place to stay for the night. Hishka knew of a family that lived not far away who had a few extra gers to provide for travelers. It was but a short drive to their camp, and we stopped in at their main ger for some tea with camel’s milk before settling down… Read More

September 2015 After the spectacular sunrise over the astonishing granitic formations of Baga Gazariin Chuluu, ”stone of the little place”, we had breakfast and then returned to the Delgeriin Choiriin Khiid monastery. This time we were able to find one of the few local monks and have him open the Ger [yurt] Temple. The inside was fantastically colorful, and reminiscent of numerous Tibetan temples I have visited. The really odd part, of course, was that it was… Read More

September 2015 We spent 10 days in the Gobi Desert, driving around in a 4WD Mitsubishi, rather than one of the ubiquitous, and quite uncomfortable, Russian vans. Through Stepperiders we were able to travel with Hishka and Abbo, our Mongolian driver and guide. We rendezvoused at the Ger Camp and started our drive after lunch. Within a very short time we had left the cracked asphalt and were not to see a paved road again until the… Read More

August-September 2015 Since a long horse trek in the Zavkhan was out, I chose to go with Stepperiders, a Mongolian owned horse trekking outfit. They have a beautiful Ger Camp outside of UB and own over 300 horses. If you want to buy a horse and gear and trek solo, they are the people to go to. For me, though, I found their trek a bit too tame. I guess I was… Read More