Imagine riding Lands End to John O Groats without touching tarmac. That’s Mongolia.
At 1,564,116 square kilometres (603,909 sq mi), Mongolia is the 19th largest and the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, with a population of around 2.9 million people, of which 45% live in the capital Ulaanbaatar. It is also the world’s second-largest landlocked country after Kazakhstan. The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Approximately 30% of the population are nomadic or semi-nomadic.
Ian climbing out from our campsite
I thought we were in Scotland
Freshly cooked somosa’s
Freshly cooked somosa
Notice the solar panel and satellite dish by the ger in the middle of nowhere
The owner of the ger and his daughter
Another great rough camp.
Campsite sunset, what a way to end the day
Russian bikers heading the opposite way, the first bikers we’d seen for ages
Bulgan hotel and our first cold beer for several days
Delicious cold beer on the steps of the Hotel Bulgan
We parked the b ikes inside the bar of the Bulgan Hotel as a foreingner had their bike stolen ehre recently
Oasis guesthouse in Ulaanabaatar
oasis guesthouse, a reall meeting point for many travellers
Zimi and Uwe at Oasis.
My new job as a shop keeper
We went to the top to celebrate our arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Out with Geoff from Kudu Expeditions and Alex from Poland
Downtown Ulaanbaatar, a real contrast to the rest of the country
My bike stripped and in the crate ready for transport home