Although the best way to travel across the United States may be by train, according to the SMH, the best way to travel across Mongolia would be by horseback. If this isn’t bringing it back to the roots, I don’t know what is.
With the help of 14 “support animals” — nine camels and five horses — the author treks through the Kharkhiraa Valley of Mongolia. Despite the lack of luxuries and truly basic means of transportation, the crew stumbles upon the wonders of the nomadic lifestyle.
With a near-zero impact on their environment, these travelers slept under the stars and swam in glacial-fed lakes, the simplicity of the experience multiplying its emotive effect.
It makes me wonder whether the journey, as opposed to the destination, is the best indicator of one’s travel experience. If I were “in the middle of nowhere,” would I complain about the lump in my non-existent mattress, or the quality of my mashed potatoes? Perhaps it is in the simpler journeys that we figure out what we are capable of.
Although simple, this journey in particular did not sound easy. Trekking through Tsaast Uul, one of Mongolia’s highest mountains standing at 4193 meters, or sleeping in a ger, a tent-like structure, on the frozen ground sounds pretty grueling.
Nonetheless, that is all a part of the journey which only adds to the rich texture of the experience. I think it takes a lot of courage to something like this and only hope, that one day, I would be able to challenge myself in the same way.
Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog, TheBubblesAreDead.wordpress.com.
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