Mongolia 2017 off to a great start!

Hello Everyone,

The team has all arrived here in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Yesterday, we had a full day of gear checking followed by a city tour to some very interesting sites including: Gandan Buddhist Monastery, The Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum, Natural History Museum, and an amazing traditional Mongolian concert and performance of singers, dancers, musicians, and even a contortionist! My favorite is the incredibly unique sound of the Mongolian throats singers….be sure to look this up if you haven’t heard of them.

After a full day we had an excellent Welcome dinner at my favorite restaurant here in Ulaanbaatar before heading back to the hotel and bed. We were scheduled to fly out early this morning but have a delay until the afternoon, but the good thing is the group will have a little extra time to get through the jet lag.

In the afternoon today we will fly to the far Western side of Mongolia and begin our adventure into the Altai mountains. Depending on the timing we will probably spend the night in a Ger tonight and then the next morning head out by 4×4 to the national park gate (a 7 hour drive) where we will begin the hike to Basecamp.

Thanks for following along, I will continue to update here on our progress….

Ben Jones


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