Ducks in a Row

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Khongor Guest House Ulan Bator
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday, August 6th

We had interest from four people who couldn’t make the timing work because of 30 day visa limit for their country or the dates where a bit off. In the end, Sophie, Matt and Alex (who decided to do only the first 5 days and leave the tour at Khovskol lake) and Mr. Hong (call me ‘Pancho’) a 64 year old solo Korean who was ready to go and up for anything, including the 35 days in our custom plan. He's staying in UB with an Asian version of "couch-surfing" family. He is more adventurous than the typical Korean. They usually travel in groups too. Pancho seems pretty nice but does brag a bit. He has studied 20 languages and kept rattling on about languages.We hope he does not overdo it. But he seems to be a sport and said he will eat anything and everything is ok with him. We're in for an interesting month+!!
The Khongor tour coordinator wrote up a 35 day, 5000km (3100 mile) plan on the big map on the wall and the six of us went through it with him on Saturday morning. We took notes feverishly as he gave a brief description of each day’s activity. Alex was reluctant go with us because she wanted to travel independently. But Matt and Sophie liked the simplicity of having it all catered and set to go. We made a few adjustments to the route to accommodate their timing.  All six of us were itching to go and decided to take off the next day, Sunday.

Finally, we got it all organized!

The Khongor ‘Package’ plans include a Russian van that holds eight (including guide and driver), fuel, basic meals, entry fees, and driver, English speaking guide, (who doubles as a cook). We did some last minute provision shopping for extra ‘treats’ not included in the package and some gifts for the families we expect to encounter along the way. Outside of UB the selection will be very limited. Cookies, crackers, peanuts, peanut butter (Costco package of Skippy crunchy!!) We picked up some mosquito hats (with veil) like beekeeper because on our horse trek to reindeer people we'll likely encounter flies and skeeters. Our rears will be sore but we know it will be worth it. Not many people go through the time and trouble to visit them. It is definitively off the well worn tourist track.

Khongor Modified Trip Plan – North and Western Mongolia

DAY 1, 7-Aug, Amarbayasgalant Monastery

DAY 2, 8-Aug, River Hutag Undur

DAY 3, 9-Aug, Moron which is the capital of Huvsgul aimag

DAY 4, 10-Aug, AM get permits drive 2.5 hrs Moron to Khatgal village

DAY 5, 11-Aug, Khovskol Lake (Jankai)

DAY 6, 12-Aug, Drive to Tsagaan Nuur (long drive)

DAY 7, 13-Aug, Start horse trip to Tsaatan Reindeer Herders (camp)

DAY 8, 14-Aug, Stay with Tsaatan Reindeer family

DAY 9, 15-Aug, Stay with Tsaatan Reindeer family

DAY 10, 16-Aug, (Horse trip) Begin return trip to Tsagaan nuur

DAY 11, 17-Aug, (Horse trip) Arrive Tsagaan nuur  

DAY 12, 18-Aug, Drive from Tsaagan nuur to Moron city

DAY 13, 19-Aug, Drive to Tsetserieg village (camp)

DAY 14, 20-Aug, Tes river (camp)

DAY 15, 21-Aug, Uvs Lake (camp)

DAY 16, 22-Aug, Overnight at Uureg Lake (camp)

DAY 17, 23-Aug, Tsagaan Nuur village of Olgii province (get permits)

DAY 18, 24-Aug, Altai 5 Bogd Mountain

DAY 19, 25-Aug, Altai 5 Bogd Mountain (camel trek to glacier)

DAY 20, 26-Aug, Altai 5 Bogd Mountain (camel trek from glacier)

DAY 21, 27-Aug, Oilgii capital

DAY 22, 28-Aug, Khotnt and Khurgan Lake

DAY 23, 29-Aug, Khotnt and Khurgan Lake

DAY 24, 30-Aug, Eagle Hunter Family

DAY 25, 31-Aug, Eagle Hunter Family

DAY 26, 1-Sep, Eagle Hunter Family

DAY 27, 2-Sep, Tsambagarev Mountain (camp)

DAY 28, 3-Sep, Tsambagarav Mountain (camp) 

DAY 29, 4-Sep, Khar Us Lake

DAY 30, 5-Sep, Bayan Nuur (Lake)

DAY 31, 6-Sep, Telmen Nuur (Lake)

DAY 32, 7-Sep, Terkh white lake

DAY 33, 8-Sep, Terkh white lake

DAY 34, 9-Sep, Kharkhorin Erdene Zuu

DAY 35, 10-Sep, Back to UB

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Sharon on

What an adventure, just about done it looks like. Looking forward to your next entry.

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