We flew into Ulan Bataar yesterday evening just before eight when the sun was still up enough to give an indication of the mountains surrounding the city. Once settled in, we had a bonus get-together with two old colleagues of Himself and got familiar with the local beers.
We have stripped back our bags for the next 8 days or so to get out into some of this wide open spaces. It was out of the city early and not too long before horses became the morning’s theme.
The stainless steel edifice of Genghis Khan was indeed impressive, particularly as we had the whole place to ourselves for the best part of the visit. Himself got up close and personal with a golden eagle, many of which we hope to see in the wild in coming days.
We’re having a quiet afternoon before taking a hike in Terelj National Park to a nearby temple. We are staying with a family in a group of gers surrounded by rocky cliffs and mountains. It’s a full moon tonight so the after dinner views should be special.