August 2014

Days spent: 21

The route went througth Mongolia. Expedition numbered 7 persons.

So, we start our yet another expedition from the capital of faraway Mongolia – Ulan Bator.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

After a quick walk we go to a Mongolian specialty restaurant.

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We conclude our stay in the capital by taking an evening walk in the center of the city.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

This expedition was organized by our friend Jergal, who kindly provided us with his to jeeps fully stocked for a long-term expedition.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.We are going to spend twenty-one days in the most wild places of Mongolia and cover over four thousand kilometres of its vast expanse from Gobi desert in the South to taiga forest in the North.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

We rely on competence of our guides and drivers Aldraa and Baysaa, so that we would be able to spend these twenty days in harmony with nature.

So, we are going eastwards in order to see the biggest Mongolian Genghis Khan statue.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

This forty meter high statue rises majestically above scenery. More than 250 tons of stainless steel was spent for its creation. And it is time for us to go south, to Gobi desert.

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It is lunchtime and our drivers head towards a picturesque place on the riverside.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

The first day of our trip has imperceptibly come to an end, and we have to look for a place to spend the night.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

The morning has come and we continue our way. Today we will get to know for the first time one of the most inhospitable places on Earth – Gobi desert.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Gobi desert stretches from Altai Mountains in the West to the North China Plain in the East and is the largest Asian desert. The word “Gobi” is of Mongolian origin and means “waterless place”. So, we will spend the next few days in this beautiful wild place at one with nature.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Evening comes and we stop for our first night in Gobi desert.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Further we will go to Demchigiin Khiid monastery. It is where one of the Earth’s energy centres.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Buddhist pilgrims come here to feed off it with new energy, new strength, shrive and date up Danzanravjaa himself in the kingdom of Shambhala, by performing a certain ceremony. This place stands out for its inimitably beautiful scenery.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

This day has come to its end and our guide Aldraa suggested us to make it to picturesque rocky formations and stay there overnight.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Our “Chef” Andrey Porosenkov suggested to cook a genuine borscht in Gobi desert, in order to share impressions about days spent in our expedition over a glass of vodka.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Borscht was splendid! And we spent a wonderful evening in the heart of Gobi desert.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Further we will head off westwards, up the Gobi desert, to the Yolyn Am gorge, where we will get acquainted with local museum and take a three-hour walk along picturesque canyon.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

The walk was a success. We warmed up a little and now are ready to go further, to continue our acquaintance with the gorge down one of the most picturesque Mongolian roads. And towards evening we hope to make it to the great Khongoryn Els sand dunes, where we plan to stay for the night.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

We’ve chosen a place to set the camp at the foot of the sand dune, in order to climb it later.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Further we will head off northwards through the Gobi desert to the ancient capital of Mongolia – the city of Karakorum. On our way we once again met camels.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

We stopped near one of the yurts in the middle of nowhere on the edge of Gobi desert in order to get fresh kumis and go further, to the north of Mongolia.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Taking farewell of Gobi desert, we decided to spend the night in a beautiful canyon, away from civilization, and of course – to go fishing.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

To our guides’ surprise, we decided to bake some meat pastries. And in the evening we hope to catch some fish to cook fish soup.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Finally we’ve made it to the ancient capital of Genghis Khan’s Empire.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

It is difficult to believe that namely here, in the head of Orkhon river, there was the capital of Genghis Khan’s Empire. The strings of control over tremendous Mongolian Empire had converged in Karakorum and namely here the roads were laid from the main cities of bordering countries of that days.

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Having said goodbye to the ancient capital of Mongolia we continue our way northwards and impatiently wait for the opportunity to finally go fishing for taimen – the master of local rivers.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

In the picturesque valley of the Tamir river there is the Great Taihar Stone. There is a beautiful legend about salvation of a village from a giant dragon by young man named Arelan related to this stone.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Today we will see one of the Nature’s Wonders – canyon of the Chuluut River. On our way our guide Aldraa had unexpectedly proposed to stop near one of the yurts where the hosts served us with local delicacies.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

While leaving, we couldn’t understand why did this family made us welcome. Only after we drove off, Aldraa told us that these were the close relatives of our friend Jergal. We are so grateful for their gifts and hospitality!

The canyon of the Chuluut River is one of the Wonders of Nature. It is almost 300 meters deep. Its rapid flows are inhabited by taimens, as well as lenoks and graylings.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

We liked the canyon very much and we decided to spend two days in this picturesque place in order to fish properly and to take a little rest from endless relocations.

The fishing succeeded, even though we didn’t catch any taimen, and this day is as usual concluded by a perfect dinner, .

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Togoo volcano is situated on the Khorgo mountain not far from Terkhiin lake. Its black cinder cone is 2240 meters above sea level. The volcano is about two hundred meters wide, and the summit crater is more than one hundred meters deep. It was formed about one million years ago. From its top one can see the Terkhiin lake, where we will spend the rest of this day.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Today we are going to meet the Mongolian folk music group.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

We thank those who organized this performance, and we head towards the place of our next fishing trip.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

The new day has come and we have to go. On our way our driver and guide Aldraa told us that he wants to invite us to his friend to taste lamb meet cooked on stones in accordance with Mongolian traditions, that is why he is going to change the rout a little and we are going to the most remote places of northern Mongolia.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

In evening we made it to the Selenga river where we set the camp in a picturesque place.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

It is great that Aldraa has picked namely this way. One can rarely see such pristine beauty of wild nature.

Today we were joined by our friend and organizer of the expedition Jergal and head towards the place of fishing for taimen near the Russian border. Here we will spend the last two days of our expedition and we hope to get lucky with the fishing and to finally catch a large taimen.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Fortune smiled on us on the last day of fishing – we caught a large taimen on a spoon lure.

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Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Photo report “Mongolia. In Harmony with The Nature”.

Our expedition has come to an end. In twenty-one days, we covered more than four thousand kilometres over illimitable Mongolian spaces.

We are very grateful to my friend Jergal for organizing this expedition. It would be impossible without him. And of course we are grateful to our drivers and guides Aldraa and Baysaa for their competence.

P.S. Before taking farewell, we’ve agreed to organize one more expedition. This time we are going to travel over Altai Mountains from Russia to Mongolia. We hope to succeed…

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