PANAM-SUR 2012
Central Mongolia
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The road(s) to Avaikheer

The road(s) to Avaikheer
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Typical Mongolian road sign

Typical Mongolian road sign
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Bayangol Sum

Bayangol Sum
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River crossing

River crossing
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Finally reaching the Aimag Center Arvaikheer

Finally reaching the Aimag Center Arvaikheer
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National holiday and the Naadam celebration is already underway

National holiday and the Naadam celebration is already underway
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Naadam is an age old celebration "of the test of courage, strength, dexterity, and marksmanship of the nomads".

Naadam is an age old celebration "of the test of courage, strength, dexterity, and marksmanship of the nomads".
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Naadam means "The 3 manly games" Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery

Naadam means "The 3 manly games" Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery
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Big hugs for the winner

Big hugs for the winner
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The Naadam officials and VIP's

The Naadam officials and VIP's
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The lucky winners of the horse racing competion

The lucky winners of the horse racing competion
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TV live broadcast

TV live broadcast
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And now the serious fun begins

And now the serious fun begins
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Selling Airag (fermented mares milk ) instead of soda pops

Selling Airag (fermented mares milk ) instead of soda pops
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Motorcycle Taxi

Motorcycle Taxi
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Arvaikheer downtown

Arvaikheer downtown
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Leaving the city

Leaving the city
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Yaks!

Yaks!
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Mongolian Yurts are called "Ger" which means "White Pearl of the Steppe"

Mongolian Yurts are called "Ger" which means "White Pearl of the Steppe"
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Welcome to Kharakhorin

Welcome to Kharakhorin
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THE place to visit on a national holiday

THE place to visit on a national holiday
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The ancient capital of Mongolia, established by Chinggis Khan in 1220

The ancient capital of Mongolia, established by Chinggis Khan in 1220
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Destroyed by the Chinese in 1391

Destroyed by the Chinese in 1391
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In 1586 Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia was built on the ruins

In 1586 Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia was built on the ruins
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Surrounded by vast walls of 400m in length and 108 stupas

Surrounded by vast walls of 400m in length and 108 stupas
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One of the few remains of the capital that stood at the crossroads of the Silk Road

One of the few remains of the capital that stood at the crossroads of the Silk Road
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Camping at the Orkhon River

Camping at the Orkhon River
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Great tire service, but you have to bring your own tools and jacks!

Great tire service, but you have to bring your own tools and jacks!
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Horses play many vital roles for the nomads of Mongolia ...

Horses play many vital roles for the nomads of Mongolia ...
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... from the fermented mare’s milk that is a primary food source...

... from the fermented mare’s milk that is a primary food source...
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...to transportation and to the races that are central to the nation’s culture and religious festivals.

...to transportation and to the races that are central to the nation’s culture and religious festivals.
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Oops!

Oops!
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The first and only hogs we saw in Mongolia

The first and only hogs we saw in Mongolia
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Dinner on the way home!

Dinner on the way home!
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Bird watching

Bird watching
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The vast and overwhelming Mongolian grassland,

The vast and overwhelming Mongolian grassland,
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Fellow travelers along the deserted road

Fellow travelers along the deserted road
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The town of Tseserleg on the northeastern slopes of the Khangai Mountains

The town of Tseserleg on the northeastern slopes of the Khangai Mountains
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A proud dad

A proud dad
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The Galdan Zuu Temple

The Galdan Zuu Temple
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The rock face of Bulgan Uul features many sacred Buddhist inscriptions

The rock face of Bulgan Uul features many sacred Buddhist inscriptions
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Great views of the surrounding area.

Great views of the surrounding area.
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Zaiyan Khiid Monastery

Zaiyan Khiid Monastery
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Filling up the water tanks at the community well

Filling up the water tanks at the community well
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Taxi needed?

Taxi needed?
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A nomad family on the move with all their belongings

A nomad family on the move with all their belongings
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Taikhar Chuluu- covered with inscriptions dating back as far as Turkic rule in Mongolia.

Taikhar Chuluu- covered with inscriptions dating back as far as Turkic rule in Mongolia.
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Yaks crossing the Tamir Gol river

Yaks crossing the Tamir Gol river
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Airag for sale

Airag for sale
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Running into some fellow overlanders from Italy

Running into some fellow overlanders from Italy
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The Chuluut Gol Canyon

The Chuluut Gol Canyon
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Edelweiss...

Edelweiss...
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...and lots of other wildflowers

...and lots of other wildflowers
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Zuun salaa Mod (The sacred tree with 100 branches)

Zuun salaa Mod (The sacred tree with 100 branches)
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Local people have worshipped it and covered it with khadags, (specially made bands of silk, usually blue) ...

Local people have worshipped it and covered it with khadags, (specially made bands of silk, usually blue) ...
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...money and other artefacts to wish for future health and happiness.

...money and other artefacts to wish for future health and happiness.
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The road to the Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park

The road to the Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park
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A herder is getting his yaks home

A herder is getting his yaks home
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On the shore of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur or White Lake

On the shore of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur or White Lake
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Breathtakingly beautiful!

Breathtakingly beautiful!
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Our personal paradise for a few days

Our personal paradise for a few days
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Bug invasion

Bug invasion
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One last sunset

One last sunset