Wide steppe, big rocks or waterfalls – you can find everything in Mongolia. And especially you can find tranquillity and untouched nature. The life of the nomads, what I was writing about in my last article, is the original life of people. They live with the nature without destroying it, they live TOGETHER… with their families and animals. They don’t know single apartments like in big cities or loneliness. They know the hard life but they also know what cohesion means.
I was really impressed by Mongolia and especially living with the nomads. But almost more impressive was the nature of that country. After Karakorum and our night in a hotel (wuhuu – shower!) we moved on to the Orkhon valley. This area is UNESCO world heritage and shows the traces of a volcano eruption 20.000 years ago. Therefore you can see tons of black lava stones everywhere.
Our destination was the Orkhon waterfall and on the way we saw a lot of animals like Yaks! I always wanted to see them! But we had to go through a lot of rivers with our car which made the tour very adventurous. Sometimes mum felt a bit scared but our driver Chine made it! And the way was absolutely worth it for the beautiful and half-frozen waterfall…
The night we stayed in a Ger camp whiched stayed the last time open just for us. The lady who was our host made delicious dinner with Yak meat. And the woman was so beautiful. In general the Mongolian people are prettier than I thought. This time we didn’t have our own Ger but slept with Otgo and Chine together in one, our guide and driver. There is this word again: together – because it was no problem at all.
The next day we head back to Ulaanbaatar but we had one nomadic stay in between because it was a quite long way. Just before we arrived in the camp we had to cross another river. The problem in this season is that the water is not really frozen yet so you never know how safe the surface is to drive on. Suddenly we stuck in the river and didn’t come out because our wheels were in the holes between the ice floes!
It took one hour until someone towed us but then we were super happy. We arrived in a beautiful area of the Khognokhaan Mountain where the nomads built up their winter camp to be protected from the wind. It was a great family with a lot of cute children, all so respectful to their parents and the other brothers. In the evening we did a camel ride into the nature with the father of the family. But after an hour it was so freezing so I was happy to be in the warm Jurte again. This evening we had fried dumplings called “Chuuschuur” which were very tasty.
The next morning we departed to Ulaanbataar and where happy to sleep in the nice hotel again. In the evening we had a fantastic farewell dinner with hot pots which completed our stay in Mongolia. Whoever is thinking about travelling there I can just say: Do it! It is a very special and impressive country!
In the early morning our train to Beijing departed (7:30 – but with the Chinese you always have to be there at least 30 minutes before!) and why this train trip was the most exciting one, you can read in the next article!
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