Terelj Hiking and Rafting

Terelj Park HeaderA couple of weeks ago we went to a national park east of the city for an overnight. We stayed in a ger camp, did some hiking, and did a river rafting trip the next day. The rafting was nice except for a minor scrape (literally) with a tree — the river banks were higher than normal.

Crazy man
Crazy man in the cold Mongolian river

Families camped upstream and there more rowdy younger groups of campers as we moved downstream. No one seemed to have bathing suits, and most were comfortable stripping down to their undies to enjoy the water (no swimming, just a few people in where they could walk). Rafting is not a big past time in Mongolia, and I think we were a novelty — we had many greetings from the people on shore as we floated downstream.

The water was very cold and the weather wasn’t warm enough to make up for that (think Barton Springs in November), but that didn’t stop Tom from getting in the water.

Not a bad view from our ger door
Not a bad view from our ger door

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This is the most amazing towel -- it's a shammy for people and it dried me completely from a shower. Also, notice this child running into our ger and using me for support. Not really sure what he was looking for.
This is the most amazing towel — it’s a shammy for people and it dried me completely from a shower. Also, notice this child running into our ger. Not really sure what he was looking for.
Tom and I close to the top
Tom and I close to the top
Going uphill -- when it gets steep my go to is the crab crawl.
Going uphill — when it gets steep my go to is the crab crawl.
It really was steep!
It really was steep!

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Our raft -- I'm in the front in the purple hat and Tom is in the back in the green hat.
Our raft — I’m in the front in the purple hat and Tom is in the back in the green hat.

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