UB isn’t a big city but it still manages to house almost half the population of Mongolia – about 1.5MRead more.
Cold nights and hot springs!
The sun is powerfully hot here and rapidly warms the land enough to give rise to mirages and thermals, butRead more.
The Ider Valley
I love maps. Always have. I love the crisp, organised feeling of a nicely folded new map, and equally theRead more.
The Frozen North
We camped in the shelter of a disused quarry. It seems a lot of local roadbuilding consists of digging intoRead more.
In search of snow leopards
In case you’re wondering, we didn’t actually go searching for one of the world’s most elusive creatures, though we wereRead more.
The Altai Republic forms a mountainous little corner of the largest country in the world. It is, like the correspondingRead more.
Babushkas are the best!
The drive from the Russian border to Almaty, through 1500km of Kazakh steppe, takes reputedly one of the worst pavedRead more.
It had been such a good start! The border crossing was comparatively easy, friendly lorry drivers reminded us to putRead more.
Driving east from Almaty the road traces a line along the northern edge of the Zailiysky Alatau, a spur ofRead more.