Duniart – Photography and Blog by Toine IJsseldijk

Mongolia

Mongolia Highlights

Jun – July 2019 A selection of my favorite photos from a two week Mongolia road trip. Mongolia offers incredible raw natural beauty and in many places it seems that time has stood still. Traveling deep into the country is not for those who seek comfort and luxury. The rewards are an experience that only …

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Khovd

Khovd Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 15 – 5 Jul: Khar Us Lake – Khovd Our camping spot was not too far from Khovd, so we took it easy. Along the way we made a stop at a natural spring with crystal clear cold drinking water, apparently with healing powers. It did taste very …

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Khar Us Lake

Khar Us Lake Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 14 – 4 Jul: Khyargas Lake – Khar Us Lake The drive to Khar Us Lake was a lot more fun than the drive of the day before. The scenery was diverse and ever changing. We saw again some camels, which was quite a while ago, …

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Khyargas Lake

Khyargas Lake Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 13 – 3 Jul: Telmen Lake – Khyargas Lake We had a long journey ahead, to Khyargas Lake, one of Mongolia’s largest and twice as salty as the ocean. The lake does provide an attractive summer home for birds, but we were a bit too early in …

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Telmen Lake

Telmen Lake Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 12 – 2 Jul: Great White Lake – Telmen Lake We left the Great White Lake area and crossed over a mountain range down into the extensive plains of western Mongolia, home to some of the world’s largest lakes. Most Mongolian lakes and water bodies are sacred …

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Great White Lake

Khorgo Volcano & Great White Lake Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 11 – 1 Jul: Tsenkher – Khorgo Volcano – Great White Lake Although the dormant Khorgo Volcano stands out in the landscape, coming from volcano covered Indonesia it wasn’t very spectacular, but anyway a nice little hike and welcome change from driving around …

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Tsenkher Hot Springs

Tsenkher Hot Springs Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 10 – 30 Jun: Orkhon Valley – Tsenkher Hot Springs We said goodbye to our hosts and drove off to a little bit more touristic destination, the Tsenkher Hot Springs, and stay in a tourist ger camp. That would give us the opportunity to enjoy some …

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Orkhon Valley

Orkhon Valley Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 8 – 28 Jun: Ongiin Khiid – Orkhon Valley Today’s journey saw the most dramatic changes in scenery, as we left the extensive dry steppe of central Mongolia, crossing a fog-covered mountain range and then descending into the year-round green Orkhon Valley, which is like a green …

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Ongiin Khiid

Ongiin Khiid Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 7 – 27 Jun: Bayan-Zag – Ongiin Khiid Today’s destination was Ongiin Khiid, once a place of devotion and Buddhist scholarship and housing the largest and most important ruins in the Gobi. Founded in 1660, Ongiin Khiid was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, with 28 …

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Bayan-Zag

Bayan-Zag  –  Flaming Cliffs Mongolia, June – July 2019 Day 6 – 26 Jun: Gobi Desert – Bayan-Zag We said goodbye to our hosts and left for our 3 day journey up north. Our first stop was at the Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, dating from between 8000 BC and 3000 BC and carved in the rocks scattered …

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