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Breakfast at Puma Imperial, yoghurt, apricots, boiled eggs Andrew had assortment of tuna eggs and salads. Picked up by Sukhees's driver back into the bedlam of traffic horns and pedestrians flirting with death. Once out of the city coal power plants and chimneys bulging smoke, the smog got worse closer to the airport, the road there a 100m ribbon of rocky tracks, mud, piles of dirt and roadworks, about 4 waving streams of traffic.
Only a 15 kg baggage allowance, 10kg plus 5kg cabin, we were slightly over but didn't have to pay extra. Passing over dry ranges, a lake, big river, mines -Anar said lots of copper, coal mining but exports more or less controlled by Russia and China, as landlocked
Flew over beautiful expansive rugged mountains and valleys dissected by long blue rivers, many clusters of white gers in the middle of isolated valleys, then snowy mountains and a big glacier
Jagaa met us at the Ulgii airport and his driver Davlet took us into town in his Russian jeep, went to supermarket got food to give to ger families where we would be staying, had tea with Jagaa at Tsambagarav hotel where we will stay, we had tea and settled on price for driver etc, then went to his place and he gave us sleeping bags and chaps for the horse riding and tent.
Ulgii a wild west town, blasts of wind and dust, guys hanging around on motorbikes, piles of yak and goatskins still raw and bleeding in the street, two boys followed me, took their photo. Then took off to Tsengel, hard to express how immense and fabulous the landscape is. The road led up a wide valley ringed by staggeringly beautiful mountains, shaggy yaks, eagles, wanted to stop every 5 minutes but had to be content with taking photos while bouncing from rock to rock in the jeep otherwise we wouldn't have got anywhere.
The road/track horrendous, crossed rivers, over a high pass then a crest and Tsengel village below, low buildings made from mud brick, got to Davlet's house, boots off at door, into room where his mother grandmother and aunt sat around a table piled high with delicacies ... Pastries like doughnuts, dried cheese, sliced sausage, milky salty tea, solid cream .. Very awkward conversation, phrase book no use with Kazakh language mainly body language, I gave his son a toy car and some crayons and sketch pad, went for a walk watching out for dogs after hearing stories of the packs of rabid Mongolian dogs then Davlet's sister served us dinner, I had brought out a bottle of vodka and given it to his father, Papa kept trying to fill our glasses, we were thinking of the drive the next day so trying to stay a bit sober. Dinner cooked over fire in big pot, meat broth with noodles, bread, pickles, lots of confusing conversation with ph calls to Jagaa to translate. All gave up in the end and went to bed. Davlet's sister speaks some English.

Road to the airport

Road to the airport

Road to the airport

Road to the airport

Road to the airport

Road to the airport

Ulaanbaatar airport

Ulaanbaatar airport

Ulaanbaatar airport

Ulaanbaatar airport

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Ulaanbaatar airport

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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:Mongolia, Tsengel, Ulaanbaatar, Ulgii