August 02 - August 18, 2011
M  O  N  G  O  L  I  A
Gobi , Altay Mountains & Hovds Gull Tour
Group Journal Day 07
Submitted by Jane Ross
Aug.08, 2011 MONDAY

Itinerary: Leave Ulaan Baatar at 10:30. fly to Olgii. visit the town and overnight at a ger camp 10 Km from Baan Olgi

The Case of the Missing Tool

Boloroo accompanied Carolyn in an attempt to retrieve Jim’s Tool which had been seized by the operator of the scanner last Friday on our first trip by plane out of Ulaan Baator. The Director of the Airport Office of Seized Dangerous Items said that because this office was closed over the weekend, the Tool had not been delivered to the correct office. It is supposed to be waiting for us on our return Friday to UB.

The flight to Bayan Ulgii lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the local time is one hour behind Ulaan Baator. Our Fokker 50 overhead wing prop jet landed on a dirt runway along the side a concrete runway, currently under repair. Bayan Ulgii is at an altitude of 5,285 feet.



We stopped at a shop in town to buy water. This town must have a sweet tooth as the shop had four aisles of sweets out of the 6 or 7 rows of goods. Jim bought red pepper sauce to replenish our hot sauce supply. Lunch was served at a Ger Camp run by Blue Wolf travel in town. Beef strips with rice and the ever present tomato and cucumber salad for the non-veg meals and a potato and onion mash substitute for the veg meals. Bananas and watermelon were served along with excellent cake for dessert.

We checked into a Ger/Yurt Camp located 12 minutes outside of town and . ..nestled under some mountains. The proprietor is growing cucumbers and tomatoes under plastic and hopes to raise his own chickens soon in an effort to become a “green” operation.


We admired the one Kazakh Yurt (one central support pole) with 5 beds and very lovely wall hanging decorations. The rest of the camp has Mongolian style Gers (two central support poles) though most also had Kazakh decorations. We departed for town and a trip to the excellent local museum. One floor is devoted to local flora and fauna, one floor to the history of the region, and the top floor had ethnic clothing and cultural artifacts. There was a shop in the museum run by several women who all competed to sell us their embroidered wall hangings, bags, and items of clothing. Debbie made a spectacular exit from the museum by lifting the rusted gate off its hinges.We closed out our first day in Western Mongolia with a beer at one establishment and dinner at a Turkish restaurant. We look forward to our day tomorrow with the Eagle Hunters and the drive to Khovd.

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