After staring out the window of a rugged Russian van for six days, I’ve returned to Ulaan Baatar completely mesmerized by the Gobi Desert.
Where can I begin? It’s hard to process the vast, gorgeous landscapes of southern Mongolia, much less represent them in pictures. In this post, I’ll share the places I called home on the tour. First up: the trusty vehicle.
Six of us sat in this van for six days. It was not the most luxurious ride, but we safely maneuvered many roads that were not roads. Lesson: When the asphalt ends outside the city limits, the real fun begins.
Lonely Planet’s 14 Top Experiences for Mongolia ranks”Staying in a Ger” as the #2 experience and “Mongolian Hospitality” as #6. Often just arriving at a ger in a beautiful setting was enough for a peak experience.
Sometimes there were souvenir shops inside the gers. Sometimes there were adorable children. On the fifth morning of the trip, I drank airag, fermented horse milk, while warming up by the stove in the center of a ger. Somehow sleeping in a hostel doesn’t quite measure up.