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Got to base camp in Altai not sure if we could go up and camp because of the weather, drove to the next ger, fire going, very cosy inside with baby goat, cat and woman with a child. Had to have tea and pastries again and we thought we would be staying there but the guide was busy getting the horses ready. they were stirring a tall wooden vat of yaks milk and distilling vodka from it, it was clear and served hot, tasted like vodka but with a slight horsey flavor.
Then a rush to get warm clothes on, 2 pairs thermal long pants then corduroy jeans then track suit pants thermal socks long boots 2 thermal tops Jesse's south american jersey, a parka, beanie and gloves ... Took awhile to get it on, my horse white, I had been told Mongolian horses were hard to control but it became apparent he didn't want to go anywhere, he stumbled, puffed and farted loudly up the first hill, the guide had to tie a lead and practically drag him up the mountain. It was more likely he would fall over and land on top of me than bolt but when we reached the snow he seemed to not like it and sped up. We met a shepherd with beautiful dog who attached himself to us, turned out it was the guides dog, he was very jaunty, every now and then took off across the snow in pursuit of some rodent - maybe the same as the ones we saw scurrying across the rocky ground into burrows - then he would stop and dramatically pose and scan the hills below with a majestic stance. When we finally got to the top he came and sat with us. Sunny but occasional gusts of icy wind.
Back to the ger, took all the layers off, found we weren't staying there after all, drove 12 km to another ger. Stopped a few times for photos and when Davlet met friends, spectacular landscape.
Amazing trip so far but most of my photos taken on the move, from planes, rains, bouncing jeep, horseback ... Most will probably be out of focus.
Drank whiskey & vodka, Davlet went out to another ger with friends, their music and talk continued till late, he is going to sleep on floor next to us

The road to Altai

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The road to Altai

The road to Altai

The road to Altai

The road to Altai

The road to Altai

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Yak running off the road

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Dog at the guide's ger

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The ger where we hired the horses

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The ger where we hired the horses

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Dog & Davlet's jeep

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The ger where we hired the horses

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Making vodka from yak's milk

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Andrew, baby goat & a kitten somewhere

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Making vodka from yak's milk

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Making vodka from yak's milk

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Making vodka from yak's milk

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Daggy dog

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The guide

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The guide

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

The guide and Davlet

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Baby goat

Altai Tavan Bogd national park mountains Mongolia

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:Altai Tavan Bogd, Mongolia, horses, mountains