MONGOLIA: OUR ROUTE

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A few tips on how we went about travelling through Mongolia ;-) Ulan Ude (Russia) - Ulaanbataar Take bus from Ulan Ude-Ulaanbaatar - bus leaves in the morning and its cheaper and faster than train,  you can buy tickets directly on the bus station. Cash only. Ulaanbataar - we stayed around  in capital around a week.  For transportation within the city you can buy a bus card in any little shop with U Money sign and recharge your card. One ride costs 500tgk. (Btw. Museum of Mongolia is worth a visit as well as wrestling palace is worth a visit ) Ulaanbataar-Murun We took a Bus from Dragon Station - a night bus at around 17 : 30. It's good to buy tickets at least the same morning.  You can also ask a Mongolian to buy it for you online - fast and easy way but website is in Mongolian. Murun-Khatgal We took a taxi, which cost us around 70000tgk a person. You can wait for a (Russian) van to fill and then it's much cheaper around 10-15k tgk. Khatgal We spent two weeks in the countryside and then took horses from Bayara's guesthouse. It cost us 30k tgk per day per guide (it splits between group) and 15k per day per horse. The route Khatgal-Tsaatal people-Tsaganuur took us 9 days. Tsaganuur - Murun  We took a Russian van. It takes about 13h and it's a horrid ride. Drivers fly over one big hole of a road, russian van smell of petrol. Brace yourself.  It cost 35k tgk a person. Murun -...

ONE DAY WITH OT

FRH, Mobile Architecture, Travel Mongolia
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Seven km from Khatgal, between the larch trees on the top of the hill lives Ot. In spring, that is, because in the summer she will move down the valley, with her home and her animals, to enjoy rich pastures and wind cooling down Mongolian heat. I wake up at 7am, but Ot is already starting a fire for morning tea. Milk tea + bread + cream + sugar. That's breakfast. Honestly, the best cream on bread you can think of. Ot moves slowly, and while bending to pass beneath the fence of yak pen she swears in silent. Life is not easy in the outback, winters reach - 40 degrees, simple tasks are labour intensive, vegetables and fruits are scarce and towns are far. Ot sais that animals eat weeds and we eat animals so we get all the nutritions from both. That may be one cause of some health issues. Nathan, the Shaman, is sharing his healing cream . Now some cream for our horse, he got wounded with a rope few days earlier. Without him chasing after yaks is a pain. Yaks are milked twice a day. Then milk is going to be boiled. Some of it becomes yoghurt, some yoghurt and yoghurt. Then we figured out yoghurt is a name for anything Ot made of milk and there are milion and one things Ot makes of milk. And all our delicious. And some are delicious when you add sugar. Make fire. Boil milk. Clean the wok - pot....

THREE MLN HORSES

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There are three mln people in Mongolia. There are more than three mln horses. We made a 9 day horse trek from Khatgal, along the Khovsgol Lake to find Dukha people in the East Taiga. On the way we went through a spooky forest, ate local fish, played cards, picked up a stray dog ( a.k.a Goat Killer) , fell of the horse and met many beautiful...