Sunset, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

strangelight

Shipley, United Kingdom

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Several years ago I was fortunate enough to travel along the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Moscow, passing through Mongolia on the way (so technically I also took the Trans-Mongolian spur).

Mongolia is a huge, sparsely populated, landlocked country, famous for its desert (the Gobi) and for being spectacularly high and cold (Ulanbataar, the capital, is the coldest capital city in the world; even in August it was chilly in the evenings). What this means is that there’s plenty of relatively unspoiled natural environment – although most of it is very hard to reach!

Fortunately, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park isn’t that far from Ulanbataar, and can even be reached by paved road – so that’s where we went. It’s a surprisingly green and alpine landscape, considering Mongolia’s reputation; vast and peaceful, unmarked by many signs of human habitation because of the traditionally migratory Mongolian lifestyle and the absence of systems of land ownership for many centuries. I felt very lucky to be in such a pristine environment – even if kayaking down the Tuul River almost killed me! But that’s another story…

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