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Mongolia - In the tracks of Genghis Khan

Ulaan Baatar and beyond into the Terelj area.

  • Hello Mongolia

    [Arriving at the Ulaanbaatar train station]

  • Capital of the mongols

    It was nice to get some fresh air after five days on the Trans-Siberian railroad. Well, actually it was very polluted due to the heavy traffic in the city, and I wouldn't even dip my toes in the Tuul River.

    [Reine at Zaisan hill, Ulaanbaatar]

  • Diversity

    The sky is filled with smoke from coal power plants and other factories, right in the middle of the city. And just off the view is an old Soviet tank, I kid you not.

    [View from Zaisan hill, Ulaanbaatar]

  • Smog city

    [View from Zaisan hill, Ulaanbaatar]

  • Traditions

    Occasional ger tents appear in the residential areas.

    [View from Zaisan hill, Ulaanbaatar]

  • House of compassion

    This temple was built in 1911 and devoted to Janraisig, the Boddhisattva of Compassion. That didn't stop the Russians from destroying the 26 meter tall statue inside and use the building as a refrigerator for meat. The statue was rebuilt in 1996 and the building is today a symbol of independence for the Mongolians.

    [Gandan Khiid monastery, Ulaanbaatar]

  • A shadow of the past

    [Statue of Leinin, Ulaanbaatar]

  • Desert road

    Mongolia is the most sparsely populated independent country in the world and there is less than 1500 km of asphalt roads. Fortunately we found one of them.

    [Mongolia]

  • Son of a preacher man

    To achieve happiness, walk around it three times clock-wise and add a rock for each lap.

    [Mongolia]

  • Desert road

    Mongolia is the most sparsely populated independent country in the world and there is less than 1500 km of asphalt roads. Fortunately we found one of them.

    [Mongolia]

  • Easy living

    After five days on the Trans-Siberian train, this freezing tent felt like pure luxury.

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Autumn beauty

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Easy living

    After five days on the Trans-Siberian train, this freezing tent felt like pure luxury.

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • The hills are alive

    [Frida in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • A firm hand

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • In the saddle

    Going towards the Turtle Rock.

    [Horseback riding in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Teenage mutant ninja rock

    [Turtle Rock, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • In the saddle

    [Frida goes horseback riding in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Uphill

    Occasional view from the saddle.

    [Horseback riding in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • King of the hill

    [Reine in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • I can see my house from here

    The ideal living for those who hate neighbours.

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • I feel stretched

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Everybody was kung-fu fighting

    [Reine defending his tent in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Local brewery

    Airag is fermented mare's milk, often referred to as nomad whiskey.

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Young padawan

    Observing the airag making.

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Autumn beauty

    [Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Up where we belong

    [Climbing goats in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park]

  • Yakety yak don't talk back

    [Yaks in Mongolia]

  • Going for Cairo

    The wild two-humped Bactrian camels are in danger of extinction, being killed for food. They are among the rarest mammals on the planet and less than 1000 remains.

    [Mongolian camels]

  • Life in color

    [Street in Ulaanbaatar]

  • Cooking with a smile

    The chefs running the mongolian barbeque were very entertaining.

    [Having mongolian barbeque in Ulaanbaatar]

  • Departure

    Time to leave the capital and head south through the Gobi desert, continuing the Trans-Siberian railroad journey.

    [Train station in Ulaanbaatar]

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