The 8 Lakes

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2012

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Flag of Mongolia  , Govĭ-Altay,
Saturday, August 25, 2012

We came to Nyman Nuur to visit the 8 lakes, an incredibly beautiful area which only accessible via a 2 day horse trek.

Having been a member of my primary school pony club for one month, I counted myself as an experienced horseman. It did not take us long to learn that the semi-wild mongolian horses that we were given for 5 days were very different from what I was used to at the pony club.

I spent most of the first morning stationary before convincing the horse to move, then later in the afternoon Charlie's saddle came loose, which spooked the horse and sent it galloping across the plain with a screaming Charlie holding on to its neck. Both experiences were equally as scary, and we soon learned that horses did what they want and it was better to let them do that and hope we didn’t get hurt in the process. The two guides we arranged were useless, they didn’t speak a word of English and found our misfortunes hilarious.

After 2 days we reached the 8 lakes and camped there for two nights exploring the area with the horses one day. The whole area was stunning, although the experience was spoiled a little bit by the inexperience of our two 14 year old guides. On the third day they thought it was hilarious to break in to a gallop and watch as we struggled to stay on our horses as they tried to keep up and ignored all instructions.

It was another day and a half on the horses to get back to the van. On the way back our guides took us on a very short de-tour to go and have a look at a human corpse. They did not speak any English so could not explain why they took us, or why it was simply being left there to rot, it was very strange.

Once we reached the van we drove for a few hours to reach the Tsenaher Hot Springs.
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