From Sunrise to Sunset in Mongolia – Tuesday’s Snapshot

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Tuesday’s Snapshots – highlighting images from the EL team and our guests based on a Mongolia theme. This week… sunrise and sunset.

Sunset through the trees alongside Tsenher Goli. Yes, Tsenkher Hot Springs are worth visiting for relaxing in the hot springs. However, we are also rather fond of camping alongside the river where you can swim,  watch the locals bringing in the yaks and relax around a camp fire as the sun sets through the trees.
Shilin Bogd is located in the wind-scoured lowlands of Dariganga in the south-eastern Sukhbaatar Aimag.  Here, at the site of one of Mongolia’s most sacred mountains, the grasslands of the northern steppe and the expanse of the Gobi converge to create a unique landscape consisting of wetlands, basalt stone formations, steppe and sand dunes with the skyline dominated by Shillin Bogd and Altan Ovoo – two of the extinct volcanic cones. The area is isolated, immense and stunning.
Sunrise over Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park at Khongoryn Els – Mongolia’s largest extent of sand dunes. At Khongoryn Els we stay with Baasankhuu and Maam and arrange extended camel treks through them. Such treks can take you to the foot of Mount Zoolon, to the open steppes through saxaul bushes & shrubs towards Dund Us (Middle Water) and even maybe via Chono Kharaikh (Wolf Jumps).

Ulaan Baatar is very much a developing city – frequently resembling a building site. However, visit the Russian monument – Zaisan Hill, in the south of the city and here you can mix with local families, art sellers and students and feel above it all. (Zaisan is memorial of modern Socialist art that depicts scenes of friendship between the people of the USSR and Mongolia.)

You can stand with the panoramic sprawl of the fast growing modern city in front of you knowing that behind you is what is said to be the oldest protected area in the world and still a home to Gray Wolves and Lynx.  All for a 400 Mongolian togrog bus ride from the city centre. The sunset is pretty good as well!

Sunset over Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park in the Khangai Mountains. And yes, it really is this glorious. Especially when you know you have dinner cooked by Jargaa waiting for you. 

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is a freshwater lake with 10 tributary rivers and over 6000 hectares of wetlands of international importance. It is one of 70 Important Bird Area’s (IBA) in Mongolia and part of the East Asian Australasian Flyway protecting migratory water birds.

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