Ger Rules

– When approaching a family ger beware of dogs! – When entering the ger, step completely over the threshold and watch your head! If you accidentally trip entering the ger, you are bringing good luck to the family. If you trip while exiting the ger, you are taking away their good luck. If this happens,…

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Ulaanbaatar

Flying into UB was unlike anywhere else I have flown to. We flew over vast mountainous land and ongoing plains. We could see no car lights, buildings or roads, then all of a sudden, our landing gear went down. We arranged a $15 pickup to Sunpath Guesthouse and were welcomed to the country with blaring…

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Touring the Gobi

There are a variety of ways to explore Mongolia, therefore Nick and I have decided to do a combination. We started with a structured tour through our hostel exploring southern, central and northern Mongolia, then will trek with a non-English speaking Khazak guide through the west, and last, camp and navigate the central on our…

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Central Mongolia

As we headed north, from the Gobi to Central Mongolia, the landscape changed drastically and reminded me a lot of Colorado. There were rolling hills, rivers, mountains, and forests. We saw thousands of animals a day and every animal looked so healthy, especially the horses. The camels were replaced with yaks, cows and ginormous birds.…

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Northern Mongolia

After driving north from the White Lake for 12 hours we arrived at Lake Khuvsgul. The next morning we woke up to a magnificent crystal clear deep blue lake. Lake Khuvsgul (the blue pearl of Mongolia) is 136 km long, 36 km wide and holds 1-2% of the earth’s freshwater. We took out some bikes…

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Altai Tavan Bogd

The flight from UB to Ulgii gave a new perspective on the vastness of Mongolia. We flew over multiple sights that we saw in the weeks prior, including Kharkhorin and the White Lake. Our flight had been delayed but as a result we got a free night in the nicest hotel in Ulgii! However, the…

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Буркiт (Eagle)

After our trek and the usual bumpy ride, we arrived back in Ulgii. That night we stayed at the Traveler’s Guesthouse. Contrary to the name, it is actually a collection of gers in an empty lot next to a gas station. The owner was helpful and we enjoyed showering and relaxing for the night. The…

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Escaping Ulaanbaatar

Just like any new place, at first Ulaanbaatar is very intriguing. The line between city and wilderness, plethora of “idols” to Chingiis Khan, and transitions between ger district and metropolitan blocks all give the city a unique feel. As stated in our UB post, we had a blast exploring the city, however after our first 3 days…

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Mongolia Review & Recconmendations

Upon arriving in Ulan Bator we were very nervous about how to go about seeing the country. We knew public transportation was not simple and that it didn’t necessarily take you to the “sights” (only towns). We also knew tours were probably expensive but simple to arrange. We booked two nights at Sunpath Guesthouse to…

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