Focus on Mongolia – April News
May 5, 2015
Panoramic Views of Ulaanbaatar
May 12, 2015
My email inbox is starting to fill with messages  of good luck and best wishes. Nope. Not a birthday. Nor an anniversary. But, in just over a week I’ll be heading back out to Mongolia to head my small Mongolian team throughout our main 2015 season. 

‘I guess your UK season is just about over, here’s another successful and fulfilling year in Mongolia!’

James (travelling together with his family on our Wild Family Explorer 2016)

 ‘I want to wish you safe travels back to Mongolia and best of luck to you and everyone there for the forthcoming holiday season.’

Sue (travelled in 2013 and potentially in 2015)

As I’m in a state of preparation over here, so over there we currently have trips out on the ground and this image was taken by Enkhee in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park at the end of April. Look at all that space!

This is Dungene Am located within Gobi Gurvan Saikhan – Mongolia’s largest national park – a mountainous terrain rising out of the extensive desert plains and a region of incredible biological diversity. This mountainous region was formed by the same tectonic activity that created the Himalayas and is part of the Gobi Altai Range – the outer crumple zone of the Himalayan geological activity.

That state of preparation I mentioned? It currently looks like I operate an outdoor equipment storage centre.  There’s everything from tents through to water purifiers, antiseptic wipes and rehydration sachets.

In-between I’m continuing to trial a few new routes on my home territory of Dartmoor National Park for the second EL Dartmoor weekend taking place in November. I was up there today and my mum joined me. Naturally, we were talking about Mongolia as my parents have been out twice – with a third visit planned. I asked my mum why she loves Mongolia. So, here in the words of Mum!

All photos are by mum as well but she told me to make sure I made it clear she is not a photographer. She just records the moment for herself. 

‘Travelling through the landscapes of  Mongolia, you feel its landscapes still survive as nature intended. It still has the essence of land, man, and animal existing together.’

Terkhiin  Tsagaan Nuur National Park forms the backdrop to one of our family exploratory hikes

‘It can be tough at times but trying to do things the local way – shower houses, mutton pancakes in local cafes, not wearing a watch, going with the flow, embracing the weather. It gives a more real insight into the daily way of life.’

Waiting for dinner to be prepared at a local cafe in the small community of Ogii Nuur

‘The Mongolia we experienced is very much modern day but how things are now still have elements of how things were.’

‘The landscapes – I appreciated open spaces before my visit but travelling through the landscapes in Mongolia you start to understand the immensity of the country. You really do feel that you could go on forever….or as far as you can get in a fortnight.’

Khogno Khan Nature Reserve 

‘The monasteries – Mongolians live in a wild environment and the remote monasteries feel part of this wilderness not in a sense of domination but more part of a bigger picture.’

Exploring the views on foot at Amarbayasgalant Khiid

 ‘The Furgon and the way it just keeps on going. It is definitely a work horse – give it a rest, patch it up and then head to new horizons.’

 ‘Primarily for the people – you are part of their life for only a little while but you take something with you when you go – you take a memory of their kindnesses.’

With Batbold and Jargaa at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
One final paragraph from me. Thank you for the kind words of support and encouragement that go with me into our 2015 season. I’ll also pass your messages and photos on. It goes without saying that I’m very much looking forward to being back in Mongolia!

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