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Mongol Days: Ulaanbaatar & Terelj

Aboard the scenic 14-hour journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, we crossed the border into Mongolia, where we stayed in Ulaanbaatar and explored Terelj National Park. Being fortunate enough to live with a local family in the ger (yurt) village on the outskirts of town, and meeting many new friends from a local NGO, we soaked up as much of the culture as we could. Between the warm, welcoming people and beautiful, rolling prairie of the Mongolian Steppe, we immediately fell in love with our first experience with Mongolia!


The majority of Mongolians practice a form of Buddhism closely related to Tibetan Buddhism




S├╝khbaatar Square in the center of Ulaanbaatar is named after revolutionary hero Damdin S├╝khbaatar, who liberated the country from China during the Qing dynasty


Massive statue of Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan), who founded and united the great Mongol Empire, sits in downtown Ulaanbaatar



Relics of Soviet influence are still evident around Mongolia’s cities


Cave exploring in Terelj National Park




Serving suutei tsai, or salted milk tea


Picnic lunch before hiking up the mountains


Tray of buuz, or steamed dumplings



Mungu goofing around!



Beautiful scenic vistas of the Mongolian prairie





Yummy wild strawberries


The ger village on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar houses the majority of the city’s population


Four-year-old Muntho having a good time!


Living with the Begzsuren family in their ger home


Playing games with the kids


Kevin helping Jamsranjav fix up and build a new wooden base for our ger



Our Mongolian family! Thanks for letting us be a part of your family Jamsranjav! We loved our experience and can’t wait to see you and the kids again one day!

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