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Light snow falling, walked around UB, the same homeless pack of dogs snoozing on the park. Sukhee's driver picked us up at 12 to go to Terelj national park, the outskirts of the city a shamble of roadworks, gers, huge piles of dirt, new suburbs of ugly McMansions, one development called Sunny Valley, crazy drivers. Drove past a tourist operation with 4 tethered eagles and a camel, to hold and to ride, didn't stop.
Snow on the road, landscape became more rocky and mountainous, great rock formations, up a muddy road to a ger camp, the driver checked we could stay, it was more or less closed for winter, Narda lit fire for us.
Cold but sunny, beautiful crisp air, we hiked up a snowy hill with great difficulty, over the other side yaks and cows foraging, one cow had a soft drink can attached to its nostrils for some reason. Back to the ger, had a snooze, Narda cooked us meat dumplings and tomato/ cucumber salad, nice, we drank some vodka and read, the moon a large yellow sickle.
Sunny next morning, lit fire & made coffee, snow on ground, walked about 4kms to Turtle Rock, squirrels running up and down the tree trunks, also strange creatures called sousliks running across the ground to their burrows and standing up like meer cats. There was a Mongolian restaurant at the rock, had breakfast/lunch, really good food, beef dish with Korean kimkim, meat dumplings, soups, walked up a hill and lay in the sun for a while & read, on the way back to the ger 3 puppies attached themselves to us, had to negotiate roadworks and a flock of sheep being herded by 2 guys on horseback. Got back about 5, lit fire in the ger, very cosy, more vodka and a meat/noodle meal.
Next day another clear sunny morning, the locals had partied all night in one of the gers, singing, still up this morning and staggering around. Good firm beds everywhere we've been, lit fire, coffee, waiting for driver to go back to UB

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Puppies followed us

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

A recalcitrant yak

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

A recalcitrant yak

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Temple in the distance

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Terelj rock formations

Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:Mongolia, Terelj, Ulaanbaatar, gers, sousliks