Mongolia

 


Mongolia June 2-24, 2009
Vast Expanse of Nothingness
Driving through the Gobi Desert for 11 days on a Jeep Trek was amazing. We loved all of it–well the 2 showers in 11 days while living in tents called Ger was unique. We were able to participate in daily life: shaving camels, making cheese from goat milk, herding the goats, making noodles and chopping wood.
At times, it felt like an animal safari, we saw huge herds with their babies and surprising to us no fences to be seen anywhere. The camels, sheep, goats, yaks, horses and cows were roaming everywhere. I have never seen so many animals. We heard a sheep symphony on a mountain when we passed about 300 animals all bleating to each other.

On our trek we drove 2 days south of the power lines, many of the Ger have a solar panel to charge their cell phones and televisions. We drove through rain, hail, sun, clouds, and a huge dust storm to get to incredible sights like Yolin Am (Ice Canyon) where there was ice covering the river in June, Bayanzag (Dinosaur Canyon) where Ray Chapman Andrews uncovered 70 camel loads of dinosaur bones, and Tsagaan Survarga (Flaming Cliffs) which are beautiful colored cliffs where all you can hear is the wind. But the highlight after 5 days of driving 5-9 hours a day were the sand dunes. We were lucky to be able to hike
to the top of the dunes twice. They are 180 km long, 3km wide and 30 m tall. It is incredible…you have to go!

Mongolia by Lisa Niver


Ulaan bataar and Terelj
We spent most of a week in the capital and in the National Park, Terelj. We had power outages, no hot water, and saw urban sprawl. We definitely recommend you spend your time in the desert. We want to go back to see more in the North especially Khovsgol Lake and the Amarbayasgalant Monastery.


View the MAP of our trip

 

We took the overnight bus and the overnight train to get from Beijing to Ulaan Bataar, it took us 46 hours of traveling. Our 11 day trek had some long days on track with no road and no signs or directions. Oogii was a great driver with GPS in his head! He stopped at lots of Ovoos and we joined in the circling three times and adding rocks to the piles.

We saw Erdeen Zuu when we were in the old capital city, Khortum. It was the first Tibetan Buddhist Monastery built in Mongolia. A Mongolian king named the Dalia Lama (it means ocean which in this desert is high praise).

 

Thanks for reading about our trip! We really appreciate it! We are now home in Los Angeles!
Happy 4th of July! George and Lisa

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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