We take a trip around Mongolia! The country is stretched and varied; in the west you find beautiful lakes and is home to the falconers, in the far north you find the reindeer families who live off their herds, in the northeast you find the cultural heritage of Genghis Khan’s, the 13th century warrior who created one of the greatest empires and in the south you will find the untouched Gobi Desert.
We choose the south, with the opportunity to spend time with Mongolian nomadic families. We leave Ulaanbaatar with a few fellow travelers in two Russian minivans, driving south. Up until an hour’s drive outside the capital of Ulaanbaatar, the roads are paved. Soon after that the endless dirt roads full of potholes and bumps take over. In terms of infrastructure, Mongolia clearly has different priorities.
Our Russian minivan, chosen by the tour organization because it’s “so easy to fix”, sounds like a rattling tractor and after a few hours, it stops working. Fortunately, we can hitch a ride with another backpacker van, and a little further along we are transferred to a new driver who came to pick us up and we finally end up at the right place.