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Camels, Erdene Zuu, randy monks, and a second night in a ger

After leaving Altaa’s, we drove for an hour or so to Harhorin (or possibly spelled Kharkhorin). On the way we stopped at a roadside camel attraction. That sounds weird, but I am not sure quite how else to put it. There were camels, there were camel minders, and for a small fee we got to ride on the camels. Read more

Sleeping in a ger, and the Khögnö Tarnyn Khiid Monastery

I would like to split these two experiences into two entries, but they are so entwined that I don’t think I can. Sleeping in a ger was part of being at the monastery, and I will never be able to separate the experience of the Khögnö Tarnyn Khiid Monastery from meeting its guardian and sleeping in her home. Read more

In which we start our Mongolian tour and see some horses

We decided fairly early in our trip planning process that we wanted to take a tour of Mongolia in order to see a few things outside of Ulaanbaatar. After checking out the websites of a few different touring companies and reading various reviews on sites like tripadviser, we settled on Meg’s Adventure Tours. Once we started corresponding with her, we were very glad of our choice. Meg speaks English fluently, and is very responsive. (Our one delay in a response was the result of her trekking in New Zealand.) We told Meg how long we had, and she suggested an itinerary for us. We said yes please. Read more

The Choijin Lama Temple Museum

We went to the Choijin Lama Temple museum because we had seen it from our dinner the night before and were curious. I’d read about the temple when researching Ulaanbaatar, but it hadn’t made my list of sights to see.

That was a mistake of impressive porportions. This place is amazing. I think it should be at the top of every tourist list. Read more

Impressions of Ulaanbaatar

The plane stayed low enough and the clouds sparse enough that we could see ground from the window for most of the flight from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. For the first 20 minutes or so I marvelled at the expanse of mountains, which seemed neverending. I imagined being on a train, snaking through those mountains towards Mongolia. It must be beautiful. Read more