Gobi sceneries

7 days, 7 people, 1 van.

Because words would’nt be enough to describe the beautiful sceneraries I’ve seen in the southern part of Mongolia, photos with some short stories will do this time.

My Gobi squad
One Belgian, two Dutch and two Germans where my company for 7 days. Let’s Go(bi)! This photo was taken after we asked our driver to stop because some of us had to pee. Since there were no trees, rocks or hills to hide behind, as girls we had to go behind the car and ask the guys to look the other way.
Leaving Ulaanbaatar
When we left Ulaanbaatar it was really snowy and cold. Slowly the temperature would go up and the snow and the hills would dissapear. Our driver was Jimmy. Not really, but we called him like that because we couldn’t remember his Mongolian name. He only spoke a few words of English but he managed to communicate with us in the most funny way.
Our baby
This van was our home for hours and hours. It would drive through every kind of landscape: ice, water, snow … Jimmy would prepare us for some off-road parts by saying: ‘bumpy bumpy’.
Front seat
The view in the front seat was definitely the best, so we would switch places all the time. The car made so much noise though that you would not be able to follow the conversations in the back of the car.
Sundown at Mini Gobi
The last night we slept at the Ger Camp of Jimmy’s family. I helped his wife with folding the dumplings we would have for dinner (my dumplings looked horrible but at least I tried..) I think Jimmy liked the sight of me coorporating in the household and he suggested I married his son. He told me I would have everything I ever wanted: a horse, a camel and a beautiful ger…
Modern sheperds
Modern sheperds

Sun down in mini Gobi

Sun down at Mini Gobi
Sun down at Mini Gobi
Cold nights
This Ger camp was abandoned when we got there at sun down. Because it was winter, a lot of tourist Ger camps were “finished” as Jimmy would say. This Ger was not locked and there were even sheets on the beds. So we stayed there for the night anyway. This time there would be no one to bring us (hot) water, or make our fire, so we had to do it ourselves. Luckily we had some experience now and we managed to make our Ger hot and cosy.
Ger squad
Our group became an well-oiled machine. After doing groceries together we had all the ingredients to cook ourselves dinner on the stove/fire place (pasta pesto, noodles, rice..). Sometimes we would cook in our t-shirts and go outside to cool down because the stove was so hot… Every morning one of us would be the first to wake up and start making scrambled eggs and coffee. Perfect start of the day. Jimmy would check upon us if we were ready to go. Today: Bumpy bumpy.
Dune squad
On top of the dune… it took us 45 minutes of sweating. The view was worth it though, and we took a thermos with tea and some chocolate to celebrate our victory on top of the hill.
We would see an incredible amount of beautiful sun downs, but this one …
Cold mornings ...
This morning it was so called the car wouldn’t start, even though the front of the car was covered with a leather blanket all night (it made the car look so cute).
Ice squad
This river was supposed to end in a kind of Gletsjer, but it was not cold enough so it was just a partly frozen creek. We would walk along and across it (and almost die a few times because the water was still running underneath..)
Dalanzagdad, the biggest city right before the Gobi desert
Camel squad
A lot of families in and around Gobi have camels instead of sheep or horses. Except for the camel milk the wool is really useful in the cold weather, which I experienced myself, since I bought a camel wool leggins and socks.
Van squad
Every time Jimmy would drop us somewhere to explore an area, he would joke ‘see you tomorrow’ and drive away. Every, Single, Time.
Nomad kids
The kids played hide and seek with us. Then the small girl at the right tried to throw snowballs like her brothers. She ended up just waving her hands up and down with some snow at her gloves.

Van life Gobi squad Loneliness in Gobi Gobi Canyons Sand dunes Before we were exhausted of the climb Gobi Van views Frozen river dsc_0287-2 Gobi Van views Love at sun down Watching the camels
Hours of nothing ... Horses trying to cross

sun down reflections
Bye Gobi… See you tomorrow!

6 Replies to “Gobi sceneries”

  1. Dear Hannah,
    There is only one word that springs to mind reading the story and seeing the pictures: AWESOME!

  2. Stunning!

    1. I know right… I want to go back..

  3. Wow! These photos are breathtaking, it must have been mind blowing in real life

    1. Thanks for the compliment and yess in real life it was even better 🙂

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