Mongolia: on the road to Kharkhorin

Today was a long travel day filled with mundane things like meals and traffic, and some big landscapes on the road.

So here are the pick of a very few photos taken since last night’s full moon over Terelj.

Our Terelj host lit a fire for us. It was a lesson in how to get the job done quickly.

A little about the meals. If you are a vegetarian, this could be a difficult place to travel. Meat is it in Mongolia, except for small amounts of potato, cabbage or carrots. Mutton and beef are served with all of the fat intact. I understand the local vodka is a good way to cut through it.

Breakfast was pretty good this morning, accompanied by coffee, tea and these sweet buns.

We backtracked to Ulan Bataar after leaving the mountains. That meant getting stuck in traffic before hitting the open road.

Here’s a small taste of the scenery today. It’s hot, dry and dusty, a bit like we feel as we sit in the ger camp kitchen at Kharkhorin with a cold beer to remedy the situation.

Lots of grasslands, mostly yellow than green for want of rain, host horses and herds of goats, sheep and cattle.

Gers are sprinkled across the land, mostly singly but occasionally in small groups. It’s so vast, a lone horse rider could be forgiven for thinking that all the sky and land belonged to him

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