Trip to the Gobi Desert Part Four – the White Stupa and a lovely toilet

A couple more pics from the ice valley hike (because WordPress doesn’t like to play sometimes and I couldn’t get them in my other post!)

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Seby’s face says it all!

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In the evening we stayed with a family in their second ger.  The lady called Tumay sang us a beautiful song, and our drivers and guides also sang for us too, it was a really nice moment.  Here there was also the best toilet I’d come across, still a hole in the ground type with wooden planks above to step on (there is no other in Mongolia!) But it had a great view! (And there were no piles of, well, I don’t need to elaborate on this do I, but seriously, some people need to learn to aim a little better!).

A nice Mongolian toilet! (I will spare you photos of the bad ones!  Well to be fair, you dont hang around long enough to get a picture of these, as I’m sure you can imagine!)

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Photo courtesy of the Nomadic Boys – toilet with a view!

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The next day we had yet another long long drive!  We went to a place called the White Stupa in the evening, we weren’t quite sure what we were going to see, I thought it was a statue as we had already seen white stupas which were statues, but this was completely different.  It was a red and white rocky landscape that I can only liken to a martian landscape!  Pretty cool.

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Thomas and Djena – too cute!

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We stayed with another family who had camels, and they offered us some camel milk tea, which is a bowl of hot salted milk with a little bit of tea in it.  I quite liked it, but the cheese was not my cup of tea! Extremely tangy and soft.  The camel vodka was ok though!  Made from the camel milk, impressive.  I did worry about the effects of this on my stomach though, as our guide Inkhling had said that it would ‘cleanse you from the other end’.  Something I wasn’t too keen on experiencing whilst staying in a ger with a toilet 500 yards away!

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All in all, the Gobi Desert was truly an amazing trip with some great people.  Probably a little too much driving, and our guide, despite being a great cook, was a little less enthusiastic about the whole guiding thing, but still, a great trip.

Our route on the Gobi trip

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