PANAM-SUR 2012
Going West
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Going west

Going west
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Nap time

Nap time
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The road north to Tosontsengel

The road north to Tosontsengel
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Always double checking for the right direction

Always double checking for the right direction
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Yak baby

Yak baby
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The proud yak papa

The proud yak papa
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Picnic time

Picnic time
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Packing up their yurt and moving it to a new location

Packing up their yurt and moving it to a new location
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Sheep skins

Sheep skins
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Finally reaching Tosontsengel after 200 km and almost 2 days of driving

Finally reaching Tosontsengel after 200 km and almost 2 days of driving
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Vegetable fields, a legacy from the Chinese era

Vegetable fields, a legacy from the Chinese era
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Back from shopping

Back from shopping
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Getting water...

Getting water...
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...from the community well

...from the community well
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The road to Uliastai

The road to Uliastai
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Reaching the Aimag Center Uliastai

Reaching the Aimag Center Uliastai
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Javkhlant Tolgoi

Javkhlant Tolgoi
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Great views over the town

Great views over the town
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The towns communication towers

The towns communication towers
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Milking the mares

Milking the mares
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After leaving Uliastai, the road takes us truly west now

After leaving Uliastai, the road takes us truly west now
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After taking a wrong turn somewhere we ended up in the tiny little town of Dirvoljiin

After taking a wrong turn somewhere we ended up in the tiny little town of Dirvoljiin
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Sitting right at the foot of the Mongol Els sand dunes

Sitting right at the foot of the Mongol Els sand dunes
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The town's solar power is sponsored by the nearby Canadian Goldmine

The town's solar power is sponsored by the nearby Canadian Goldmine
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After getting new directions we found the right track

After getting new directions we found the right track
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Hmmm????

Hmmm????
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Getting new directions: "Follow the road till you come to a red house"

Getting new directions: "Follow the road till you come to a red house"
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My favorite perennial plant catmint growing in the wild

My favorite perennial plant catmint growing in the wild
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Yeah, we've made it to the "red" house

Yeah, we've made it to the "red" house
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This family is leading us through the middle of nowhere all the way to Dorgon

This family is leading us through the middle of nowhere all the way to Dorgon
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Ckecking the springs and everything else...

Ckecking the springs and everything else...
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Dorgon

Dorgon
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The towns gas station!

The towns gas station!
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The Maidriin Khiid Temple!

The Maidriin Khiid Temple!
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Our new friends are already waiting for us

Our new friends are already waiting for us
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Getting a tour of our "house"

Getting a tour of our "house"
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Leaving the little town of Dorgon and our new friends

Leaving the little town of Dorgon and our new friends
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The road...

The road...
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...takes us...

...takes us...
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...along the Khar Us Nuur

...along the Khar Us Nuur
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The outskirts of the Aimag center Khovd

The outskirts of the Aimag center Khovd
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Khovd- founded in 1731 by the Chinese

Khovd- founded in 1731 by the Chinese
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A former hub on the Silk Route

A former hub on the Silk Route
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Remains of the Chinese wall that surrounded the city

Remains of the Chinese wall that surrounded the city
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Khovd is distinguished by its multi-cultural population. It is home to more than 17 nationalities and ethnicities

Khovd is distinguished by its multi-cultural population. It is home to more than 17 nationalities and ethnicities
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The main square with the monument of the local hero Ayush

The main square with the monument of the local hero Ayush
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The theater

The theater
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Khovd's market

Khovd's market
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Finally some vitamins

Finally some vitamins
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Filling up the water tanks

Filling up the water tanks
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Leaving the city

Leaving the city