The WildArt Mongolia Expedition 2015

The 3rd WildArt Mongolia Expedition/Explorers Club Flag Expedition Has Returned!

At Khomyn Tal with Flag 179 and takhi/Przewalski's horses in the background.

At Khomyn Tal with Flag 179 and takhi/Przewalski’s horses in the background

I’m back in Ulaanbaatar, tired after three weeks in the field (resting today at a comfortable hotel, the Bayangol) but very, very pleased with the Expedition and its results. There will be a series of posts on all aspects of the 3rd WildArt Mongolia Expedition once I’m home, but for now I’ll share some favorite images with you. Consider these the appetizer…

In chronological order:

Hokh Serkiin Nuruu and Kazakh horsemen

Hokh Serkiin Nuruu Nature Reserve and some of the Kazakh horsemen who were hired to find and drive the argali

Hokh Serkiin Nuruu Nature Reserve; argali capture site with nets

Hokh Serkiin Nuruu Nature Reserve; argali capture site with nets ready to unroll and set up

Countryside scene enroute from Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu to Hovd

Countryside scene enroute from Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu to Hovd

Khar Us Nuur reedbeds; we stopped here for lunch

Khar Us Nuur reedbeds; we stopped here for lunch

Turuu wading at the "beach" on the east shore of Khar Us Nuur; he's a student I met last year who is quite a good artist and he came along on the first two weeks of the Expedition at my invitation

Turuu wading at the “beach” on the east shore of Khar Us Nuur; he’s a student I met last year who is quite a good artist and he came along on the first two weeks of the Expedition at my invitation

Maikhan Nature Reserve campsite with aspens

Maikhan Nature Reserve campsite with aspens

Jargalant Hairhan Uul in Khar Us Nuur National Park campsite in valley; ovoo is across from a sacred spring

Jargalant Hairhan Uul (in Khar Us Nuur National Park) campsite in valley; ovoo is across from a sacred spring

Khomyn Tal and takhi

Khomyn Tal and takhi

Khomyn Tal takhi

Khomyn Tal takhi; I saw all 53 horses over three days

Khar Nuur campsite

Khar Nuur campsite

Khur Nuur moonrise over Jargalant Hairhan Uul

Khar Nuur moonrise over Jargalant Hairhan Uul

Dorgon Nuur at sunset

Dorgon Nuur at sunset

Viewpoint in Khar Us Nuur National Park from which one can see three sacred mountains, including Hokh Serkiin Nuruu

Viewpoint in Khar Us Nuur National Park from which one can see three sacred mountains, including Hokh Serkiin Nuruu

Chandmani street scene; we went into the soum center to buy groceries and other supplies

Chandmani street scene; we went into the soum center to buy groceries and other supplies

Statue in Chandmani dating from socialist times

Statue in Chandmani dating from socialist times

A woman named Tsendayush who I met in one of the shops

A woman named Tsendayush who I met in one of the shops (photo by Narankhuu Sukhbat)

The second valley on Jargalant Hairkhan Uul that we camped in; the mountain is snow leopard habitat with currently 37 cats

The second valley on Jargalant Hairkhan Uul that we camped in; the mountain, which has many peaks, is snow leopard habitat with a currently estimated population of 37 cats; this image was taken of the slopes above a winter livestock shelter

Two camels came past our camp on Jargalant Hairkhan Uul while I was sketching

Two camels came past our camp on Jargalant Hairkhan Uul while I was sketching

Drawing the rock falls in the stream that runs through the second valley

Drawing the rock falls in the stream that runs through the second valley (photo by Narankhuu Sukhbat)

And to give credit where credit is due…no one does a trip like this alone. Those of us who travel deep into the countryside of Mongolia have to rely on our guides and drivers to get us there and back again. To mine, show below, a heartfelt “bayarlalaa”.

My guide and driver who made the Expedition possible: Narankhuu Sukhbat and Damdin Birvaa

My guide and driver: Narankhuu Sukhbat and Damdin Birvaa (photo by Turuu)

Thank you also to Jan Wigsten and the staff at Nomadic Journeys, who have provided all my travel resources and logistics since 2006.

 

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  1. Welcome home Susan, can’t wait to hear about this wonderful trip in person. How do you get back to this life from that extraordinary one? Jody

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  2. Not home yet. One more four day trip to the countryside and three days in Ulaanbaatar and then home on August 20. The “extraordinary one” is great, but I love being home in Humboldt County, too. It’s an easier transition since Facebook came along since it means that I can keep in touch with people and events in Mongolia when I’m home, so it’s not the on/off switch that it used to be.

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