The most remote place on earth.....
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Gaya's Gueasthouse in a Gur
We decided to take a slight detour on the way back to Mr Kim's to take in the tourist attractions of 'Turtle Rock', pretty much a rock that looks like a turtle (see what you guys are all missing out on), and a huge statue of the man himself, Gengis Khan (which Andrew seemed strangely attracted to).
We then set off for Karakorum and endured about 9 hours drive through some of the most remote scenery on earth, it was incredible
At about 3pm we pulled over at a cafe, it was just like the scene from the film Casino where they meet up in the desert. Just the dust of tire tracks when a car pulled up and nothing else in viewing distance. Amazingly there were about 4 tables already full. Every single person had full Mongolian dress on and the driver sat us down at a table ordered something then got up and left. When I say everybody stopped eating and talking and just stared at us I'm not joking. We watied for lunch then got a rather huge and delicious meal of meat with a fried egg on top and some grated carrots etc. We sat and ate while everybody still just stared at us
We set off again and continued the drive, found a road again and arrived at Karakorum as it was going dark. To say it was cold here was an understatement however the Ger was warm and amazingly it had .... a lightbulb. We dined on mutton dumplings and some veg ones given to us by Gaya (our new host). Not as remote as the first Ger, she had two Gers near her house but we were the only ones that stayed there. Due to Erica's winging the first night about it was too hot we agreed I would be able to sleep and we wouldn't worry about the fire (bear in mind by the time I got back in my bag on night one and got warm again it was time to 'relight my fire'. I slept well but got woken by Erica at about 3am who this time thought she was developing pneumonia it was that cold. I managed to 'relight my fire baby' but we woke at 5:30ish freezing again.
Still one more Ger night ahead of us, while I absolutely loved it I couldnt sleep well all night as I was constantly concerned that Erica would be too hot / cold and the fire needed attending.