Mongolia #14 Day 6 of the Trek (01/10/15 pm)

 

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After lunch we walked further along the valley.

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This camel didn’t seem at all keen to walk further with our packs.

Getting a bite to eat from the grasses was a better prospect.

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The first part of our afternoon walk… leaving the snow behind!

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One of our nomads riding his horse and leading a couple of camels

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Lichens on rocks.

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Larch trees along the banks of the Yamaat River.

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Paul and Robyn, two of our accomplished riders, follow the river.

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There were very few birds about but we did see a magpie or two…

the sheen of their feathers luminous in the sunshine.

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Our track crossed the Yamaat River a couple of times.

That’s Tim making his way across the river, rock hopping, stone by stone.

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It’s always a good idea to look back to see where you’ve come from-

it’s usually worth the effort.

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At one of the crossings, hidden behind the main river, we found a pond.

It rewarded a closer look.

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Lovely reflections in the absolutely still water.

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Just magic

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 …and again

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Fallen larch needles trapped in the rocks at the edge of the pond.

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A hillside of all but bare larch trees in the snow.

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 We were walking in a conservation area so some large larch trees survived being cut down.

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Deep in thought, watching each step, enjoying the experience.

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The richness in colour of the landscape was intensified as the sun dipped low in the sky.

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A lonely buttercup (Ranunculus sp.), having shed its petals, now sets about producing plenty of seed for next spring.

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Our track followed ever further along the river.

Our camping spot for the night was still not yet in sight.

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Eventually, we made camp in a larch forest. It was still very cold with a light spread of snow on the surrounding hills… and I thought we’d finished with snow! Fortunately there was no snow beside the river where we pitched our tents. While some of the crew collected wood for a camp fire, we enjoyed some biscuits, cheese and spreads.  Dinner followed later.

 The camp fire was most welcome.  Even so, we were in bed by 20.45 .

There was more walking to be done on the morrow!

David

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