Story Time: When things not go as planned

It is great to have picture perfect weather on a trip and everything goes smoothly. Nevertheless, stories live from all the little and bigger things that do not go as planned. These are the situation we can grow with and learn from. Sometimes the unexpected things are even the once that are making the trip. Over the last 10+ years, I were in a couple of interesting situations. Let me share…

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World: Rewind 2016

As 2016 is coming to and end, it is time to reflect on it. The year was mainly splitted between Europe and Asia activities. The main trip this year was to Mongolia, which was another experiences but not the one we been expecting it to be. The road trip consists mainly of driving and less of hiking. Also, hiking path are  mostly horse riding paths in Mongolia. Another take away of…

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Mongolia: Singing Sands – Khongoryn Els

Khongoryn Els also known as the "Singing Sands". It is located within the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The sand dunes extend to over 965 square kilometers and are the biggest dunes in Mongolia. Where to find it: Khongoryn Els, Mongolia Tip: Try to spend a whole day in the area. Hiking in the dunes will consume some time, depending on how deep you want to go into. It is possible to…

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Mongolia: A life time experience – Sleeping in Yurts

Yurts are the traditional way of life in Mongolia. It can be build up and down where necessary. In order to travel in Mongolia this is the way to live. There are not many cities and with that hotels in place. Usually the camps have 5 to 30 yurts, a shower area and sitting room where usually diner and breakfast is served. Typical basic furnishing of a yurt consist of 1…

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Mongolia: The untouched region of Naiman Nuur

Preparing for the trip Naiman nuur national park also called "eight lakes" was formed by volcanic eruptions around 8000 years ago. The eight lakes are lakes Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo and Bayan Uul. Two of the smallest lakes are completely dry and Khuis Nuur, is 90% dry. Before we could start the tour we been waiting for our horse guides for two hours to show up. Which gave…

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Mongolia: Animals and a waterfall – Ulaanzutgalan

Ulaanzutgalan is the highest waterfall in Mongolia. In order to get there we had to cross several rivers. In that case I was really glad that our driver was a former rally driver, and he had the car always under control. During our drive we met another tourist group from the same travel agency, and they been not that lucky with river crossings. During one river crossing the motor was flooded,…

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Mongolia: The beautiful Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain

Zorgol Khairkhan is a mountain range in 150 km distance of Ulaanbaatar. The Sacred Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain is a beautiful granite mountains and it has a unique formation. Where to find it: Zorgol Khairkhan Uul, Mongolia Tip: There are no hiking paths or trails to find in the area. But it is possible to hike up the mountain and see it from above. It is a easy hike and will take…

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Mongolia: Tips

General The language is Mongolian. It is hard to find people outside of cities which are speaking English. This is one of the reason to get a driver/guide for your tour. Mongolia is not a country in which tourism is well-developed for individual tourism which means there are no signs to attractions, streets or google maps entries etc. Going to Mongolia means getting yourself into an adventure. Nether knowing if the…

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Mongolia: The gorge of Yoliin Am

Yoliin Am is a deep gorge in Mongolia, that is surrounded by rocky cliffs. The valley is named after the Lammergeier, which is called Yol in Mongolian.  Where to find it: Yolin Am Ice Field Tip: There are several hiking paths present, bring some time in order not to hike just with the main stream. Cost: none. Personal opinion: The gorge is really nice and the high rocky cliffs are really…

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Mongolia: The stunning cliffs of Bayanzag

Bayanzag Bayanzag are also named Flaming Cliffs and it is a region of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The area became famous due to the first discovery of dinosaur eggs and other important fossil findings. Where to find it: Flaming Cliffs, MongoliaTip: It is possible to hike on the cliffs itself. There are several paths and it is easy to hike there for hours. In case you have the time to…

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