my tour guide Baatar

Throughout this tour, we spent countless hours on horseback, in our Scooby-Doo van driving across the Mongolian countryside, and while sitting in our hunting lodge.  Without the distractions of radio, television, and internet, I had a lot of time to talk and share stories with my tour guide Baatar.  He was a wealth of knowledge and I really appreciated the history and stories that he shared with me along the way.

In our van, we most often we drove on roads that were no more than the tire tracks left in the snow by the vehicle that passed earlier in the day or maybe even from the day previous.  Sometimes, we had to make our way across the snow and make our own tracks.  It was always preferable to follow in another truck’s tracks so that you don’t run into any “surprises” in the snow.

I was very impressed with Baatar’s  knowledge of history; not only Mongolian history but Chinese and Russian history as well.  We talked and talked for hours and I learned much from him.  He was an excellent guide and really took good care of me on this trip.  I captured the photo above on our drive back to Ulgi from Altai Village.

For anyone reading this blog who is interested in a tour in Mongolia, whether it be to the Gobi Desert or to Bayan Ulgi, Baatar can be found at Nomadic Expeditions in Ulaanbaatar:

http://www.nomadicexpeditions.com/home

As always, the scenery impressed me with its varied diversity in colors and beauty.



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return to Altai Village

If I had thought that crossing over a frozen river on a 900 pound horse was scary, what about a 3,000 pound Scooby-doo van?  Yeah, we crossed over 3 or 4 rivers and streams, each time the ice groaned and cracked under our weight.  My guides were experienced at crossing frozen rivers, so I took some comfort in that but it just seemed so unnatural to hear the ice creak and crack and groan as it did…

Back in Altai Village, we (again) had chai with goat (or horse) milk, some bread and said our goodbyes to Dalaihan and Alpamys.  I took some photos from the front seat of the car of Dalaihan, his mother, daughter, and brother.  Altai Village is wired into the electical grid so we were also able to recharge our cellular phones and camera batteries.

As we drove through the village, I saw some locals dressed in the traditional Kazakh clothing and captured their photos.  I really enjoyed seeing the traditional costume dress, the clothes were culturally unique and seemed to be quite warm as well.


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leaving the hunting lodge


Before we departed the hunting lodge I wanted to get some photos of Dalaihan’s family and in-laws.  In the evening before our last day and on the morning that we departed, I shot these photos.  The family was so warm and welcoming; they really made me feel at home.  I would highly recommend an eagle hunt to anyone who is visiting Mongolia in the winter time.  Pictured above are Dalaihan’s nephews Jargal and Jankhai, their aunt, and their mother Khashy.  In the photo below, my guide Baatar, our driver Khavlet, and the same boys in the top photo.


Here is another shot of Jargal & Jankhai:

I also took a shot of the solar power panel that provided us with light each evening.  It was amazing that a little 14” panel could charge a 12 volt car battery and provide light all night long.


One of my favorite photo subjects on this trip was Dalaihan and his eagle.  The bird was massive and majestic and I could stare at it for hours.


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