HIKING MONGOLIA - DAY 8 - 8 days through the Tavan Bogd National Park

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We were surprised to look out of the tent on our last morning and see the ground covered in snow; it was cold too. We took our time making breakfast, boiling water several times for repeat cups of coffee, staying in our sleeping bags as long as possible!

A combination of cold, wind and altitude made walking today a challenge. But we warmed up and made our towards the sacred Obo site where sacrifices are made and prayers sent high up into the mountain deities.

 Obo - with prayer flags and other offerings. Mongolians make special trips to the mountains just to make offerings at this site.

Obo - with prayer flags and other offerings. Mongolians make special trips to the mountains just to make offerings at this site.

The wind was not kind but we kept a good, fast pace to stay warm. Even when the sun decided to come out mid-morning, the air was crisp and cool - but what views!

We were about to take off our shoes and brave the cold water of the last, shallow stream we had to cross when a kind Tuvan shepherd offered us his horse and helped us across.

 It eventually warmed up back at 2,000 metres on our way back to Ulgii - here our friendly driver stopped for us to take pics.

It eventually warmed up back at 2,000 metres on our way back to Ulgii - here our friendly driver stopped for us to take pics.