13 Aug - 14 Aug 2012 Uvgun Khiid

East Asia
Central Mongolia
Orkhon Valley
Khugnu Khan Mountains
Uvgun Khiid
Erdene Uvgun Camp +97699272873 bayasaa_mon@yahoo.com
Traditional Mongolian ger aka yurt (felt-lined cylindrical tent) for MNT 20,000.- or US$ 14.70 per night.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Erdene Uvgun Camp, which we would recommend, and for directions:

Surfing on our posh Toyota 4x4 Hilux Surf the vast and very picturesque steppe of Central Mongolia, kilometre after kilometre, spotting hundreds of beautiful herds of still breathing, walking and frolicking beef, veal, mutton, chevon and horsemeat, and discussing our vegetarianism with our uncomprehending Mongolian driver Gochoo, meeting en-route many hospitable nomadic horse breeders in their ger, the traditional Mongolian felt-lined round tents, and stopping a few times in order to savour (i) various blends and cultivars of airag aka kumis, the famous fermented horse milk with only a mild alcohol content, and (ii) a variety of horse, cow and camel cheeses of different stages of ripeness.
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

Stumbling across the bleached skulls of animals that had not survived the winter: in the worst times, when temperatures fall to below minus 40 centigrade, livestock in Mongolia sometimes freeze to death in a standing position; the herders then tramp through the snow and gather the bodies together into a miserable heap.

Visiting the atmospheric 16th-century CE Buddhist Uvgun Khiid monastery, hidden in the Khugnu Khan Mountains, which was built by the medieval religious figure Zanabazar and served during its peak up to 1,000 monks.

Click below for more blog posts about our pescetarian/vegetarian beliefs
27 Nov - 31 Dec 2013 Kaohsiung
03 Sep - 13 Sep 2013 Singkawang
11 Jul - 01 Sep 2013 Kuching
23 Aug - 28 Aug 2012 Pingyao
24 Oct - 26 Nov 2011 Kuah

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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