Day 19 I awoke to a perfect egg-yoke sun and blue skies to infinity. The mist was falling back across the far hills and a fine dew decorated the grass, which was spread across the valley like a brilliant emerald carpet. We were an easy 20 km from the entrance to Terelj National Park, and … More The Mongolia Collection: Exploring Gorkhi Terelj National Park on horseback (Part 4).
Day 13 Over the duration of my trip I became familiar with the different sounds produced by my horses, and what they probably meant by them. On a basic level, there was: 1. the ‘desperate neigh’, which the fat brown horse often utilised after being separated from the white horse, 2. the ‘enthusiastic neigh’, which … More The Mongolia Collection: Exploring Gorkhi Terelj National Park on horseback (Part 3).
Day 7 The sun is falling steadily behind the horizon, and the seemingly incessant buzz of flies has given way to the high-pitched wurr of mosquitoes. I hear the steady chomp of molars on grass as my horses satisfy themselves on the sweet vegetation below, and quietly observe the solitary flight of a hawk soaring … More The Mongolia Collection: Exploring Gorkhi Terelj National Park on horseback (Part 2).
On the 2nd of June 2014, after a month at Steppe Riders and a month in the country, I was making final preparations for a horse trek into Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Terelj is situated about 40 km’s NE of Ulaanbaatar (by road) and although the southern section of the park has been quite developed … More The Mongolia Collection: Exploring Gorkhi Terelj National Park on horseback (Part 1).
Mongolia had never fascinated me particularly. Much grander seemed the formidable Andes and Himalyas and Jon Krakauer’s Into the wild had only inspired crazy thoughts of solo jaunts into the American or Australian wilderness. But when the idea of traveling on horseback over the Mongolian steppes first entered my mind, after reading Tim Cope’s book … More The Mongolia collection: The Beginning.