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This is last leg of our trek on Indian Territory before we cross over to Tibet. It is most treacherous walk of about 7 km on a very steep ascent. Almost all of us prefer to negotiate this climb on pony-back so as to preserve our energy for the tough trek ahead and also to make the distance well before 9 am. The weather at pass is generally …
... a time zone every day, but the lost hour wasn't accounted for in the train schedule so no one had a clue what was going on. We would pay dearly for this when we got off the train in Irkutsk and tried to have an early night. On our final night we decided that we needed to finish off the vodka, which Fred was more than happy to help us with. He also contributed party snacks in the form of a whole leg of pork which he pulled out of his Mary ...
... we get to the hotel. We enjoy an ice cream before squeezing ourselves back into the back seat of the bus.
We finally make it and the bus driver signals to us that this collection of holiday huts is our stop. We alight with a mum and daughter from the bus and collect our bags and are greeted by one of the staff. She seems unaware that we were coming and confused we say "Baikal World" pointing to the ground to signal here and she faintly ...
... up with another loco being added so obviously more mountains to come. The buffet car has been changed to mongolian and the staff come down through the train telling us that the 'restaurant now open'. We had a job getting even a smile from the Russian buffet staff. We decide to go in search of some cold beer and to our joy there's loads of it and the restaurant car is packed! We grab some good priced ale and head back to our favourite party destination. Welcome to Mongolia!!! Night, ...
... consisting of potato, meat and more potato. Bish did manage to find a fish to eat, not a highlight but added to the balanced died after copious packets of noodles....
We had rather a musical carriage and so as the beer and vodka (naturally) flowed so did the jamming. Out came a guitar, harmonica & a melodica (wind piano) which along with pots and pans and clapping meant our drunken jam was in full swing.
Games invented included "bounce ...
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