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    Trans Siberian Railway MUST SEE: Mongolia’s Gobi Desert Will Surprise You!!
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    Trans Siberian Railway MUST SEE: Mongolia’s Gobi Desert Will Surprise You!!

    January 5, 2020

    Vodka Time? Toktoi! Toktoi! Cheers! Good morning and welcome back to the
    Mongolian desert. We’re on top of one of the highest canyons in all of Mongolia and it’s where we slept. We’re in our tent. It’s getting hot in here. It’s really getting
    hot in here now. It’s 8:30 in the morning but the sun is shining and it’s really
    getting hot. Yesterday we hiked about eight or nine kilometres through the canyon
    and then we found a beautiful spot really on top of the canyon on one of the
    highest points to have dinner and to camp here. We’re doing wild camping with
    our group. All the other people have already gotten their tents up. We’re one of last ones together with together with guy. And all the other guys are
    already over there enjoying views waiting for breakfast. Come on let’s get
    this show on the road! We found a stray bottle of vodka
    outside the tent. We might have to finish it off today. It’s breakfast. If that was all that
    needed to fit in there it would fit like a glove, but no, there’s more, there’s more When we left the camp, our guide was like
    ‘You start walking that way while we clean up everything we get the vans in
    order and we drive over there and pick you guys up’. I think you’ve been walking
    for like easily half an hour now we came from all the way over there. It may not
    look that far but it’s really really far because our vans were behind the
    mountain. We have no idea where we are. We know we’re supposed to be headed that
    way with the van but there’s a cliff right there sort of blocking the way. So
    ye have no idea when they’ll pick us up just trying to kill time. They have like…
    I say we start eating the French! The French are way behind though they can’t
    hear us at the moment. We just need to eat them and it’s the only
    solution. There’s not a single house on the horizon it’s just endless steppe and
    mountains and clouds. It’s a christmas miracle! All right now a it’s shower time. We had to
    queue a bit because there aren’t that many showers. But to be quick cause we’re kind of a big
    group we’re sharing a shower together. I’s actually nice that they find a way
    to give everyone like a showers every few days. Because means the Gobi Desert
    it’s a desert it’s not known for its huge water supplies but we should be
    good so see you in a minute we’ll be super clean! All righty so we’re all
    washed up and ready for our lunch break. We just parked the two vans here
    somewhere in the middle of the desert they put up this sail between them. protecting us from
    the Sun which looks pretty good but it looks like we’re gonna have to hurry up
    just a little bit because and see clouds starting to roll in. We’re cooking
    lunch at the back of the van. To shelter themselves from the heat or the wind or
    something but looks pretty good so that’s promising
    we’re gonna have some Mongolian style Noodles Right so we just arrived to the White Cliffs after a pretty long drive. It was four or five hours and stopped for lunch a bit. But now we’re going to
    explore the White Cliffs. I don’t know what to expect there’s a couple of tourists here.
    A bit more tourists and we’ve seen a lot of the other places search of interesting
    Wow The view’s incredible just look at this trying to go down to the bottom of the
    canyon near the cliff see what looked like from down sight no click there’s a
    really beautiful colors there do bad son comes it’s coming bits from the wrong
    side but still looks very beautiful I sided like blue orange and even purple
    shades it’s really strange but these shapes are really incredible try not to
    fall here she’s reading maybe somebody’s Falls space really beautiful door it’s like
    really incredible like the size and the colors and the shapes really nice thing
    is the second most touristic place we’ve been to. It’s not that many
    people maybe like 40 or 50 but after traveling for one week here and one
    going almost one week six days on the Gobi Desert we almost didn’t meet anyone
    else like sometimes a group of four or five people now it’s like 30 40 other
    people we just feel strange but Wow she’s shows incredible. Time to
    get to the drone out! that’s very weird Oh Kim same car
    because she’s asking some problems with her eyes with the wind on the sand I
    guess it’s yeah how do you make a cat bark
    pour some gasoline on it, lighter woof so We’ve come to this beautiful campsite here
    in the middle of nowhere in the Rocky Mountains it looks like the rocky
    Madeline Fisher it’s not even a guy told us that this but it’s a Mongolian
    version of the Rocky Mountains give me for our last guys going to camp out in
    the tents and spend some families incredible group because you’ve been so
    lucky doesn’t that such great people here I think it’s best group I’ve ever
    had in one of these storerooms you don’t ever do these three of them that much I
    was a bit nervous about it because Miri spent eight days people eight days is a
    hell of a long time but I wouldn’t mind spending a bit more the group was just
    so much fun a lot of the tour consisted just sitting in a fair and I think like
    75 percent at least has been spent sitting in the van so we just had so
    much fun together like laughing making stupid jokes stupid jokes breaking fault
    guy in the van and then afterwards we’re going to head back to oh my gosh
    yep tomorrow drive all the way back which should be quite Drive
    yeah it’s about three on 50 glance which doesn’t cycle at much but I think at
    least 100 and they’re always a bit optimistic with this alert their
    estimates here so probably 150 unnatural Lords what they go feels like there’s no
    roots or just home there’s some tracks for some cars you were before the
    cars were there before it is like no actual roads it’s not even a dirt road
    it’s just like stumbling across there just seven days that we spend driving so
    far I think in the beginning maybe 100 or maybe is doing plumb to sweets bender
    as followed Road and then here in there 10 kilometers maybe 2 days 10 kilometers
    and that was it everything is you answer everything has
    been offroad not even dirt road this looks like that’s why we haven’t so much
    in the van I think that’s it for this video and
    this one you’ll see us I don’t know we’re hopping on to somewhere else and
    one Goldie I guess yeah we’re gonna spend a few days in it on my back it’s
    an interesting capital so so it’s an yeah it should be interesting at least
    make one video maybe we will make two videos so much weird stuff going on and
    then there’s gonna be more hiking beautiful nature so definitely tune in
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    Beijing afterwards heading to the rest of Southeast Asia so small next one all
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    Gobi Desert: Mongolia Is The New Final Frontier (Trans Siberian Railway Stop)
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    Gobi Desert: Mongolia Is The New Final Frontier (Trans Siberian Railway Stop)

    August 20, 2019

    What’s the first thing you think of when
    someone mentions to gobi desert? Mountain-high sand dunes and maybe a few thirsty camels? But did you know that the gobi Asia’s
    largest desert, spanning a surface of over 1,000 square miles, is also home to
    the first dinosaur eggs to have ever been found? Or that this is one of the
    most sparsely populated areas in the entire world, with one square mile of
    land, housing fewer than three people? As our first stop on our trip through Mongolia
    we decided to join an 8-day group tour exploring the highlights of the Gobi.
    Just twelve people in two vans and about 5000 random goats ganging up on us
    around every corner. We finally made our way off the transsiberian railway and into the big nothing. Welcome to Mongolia. We just spent all of today and most of yesterday driving here, where we are now into the Gobi Desert I’m so looking forward to staying in this camp. In this ger camp! Just look at that sunset. A ger is like the typical Mongolian dwelling, it’s like a semi permanent dwelling. and I say semi permanent because no it’s not concrete it’s just a type of tent. A yurt, that they put up, to live in it for two or three months for a part of the year and then, because they’re nomads they move off somewhere else. You see these everywhere I mean you don’t see them very often, but like once every 10 to 15
    kilometers you see a couple of them. It’s really where they live in and they make
    these themselves and tonight we’re going to sleep in it. Come on inside! It’s gonna get dark! We made it into our ger! This sleeps 5 people of our group. There are 12 people in our group, but we can’t all fit into the same ger. Because it’s
    not that large. But I’m super happy that there were beds. I know the locals sleep on the floor, so I wasn’t really really sure. But we don’t have to sleep on this beautiful wooden looking vinyl that we have here. Because we have actual beds! They’re not super comfortable. They’re a bit hard, but I think they’ll do the trick! We have our sleeping bags so we can keep ourselves warm. I think these gers are pretty warm, because people sleep in them during winter time, when it’s minus 30 or minus 40 outside. This is the central piece of the ger. This is actually like a window that opens up. When it’s good weather, or not night time. Or for a stove or fire. Then they open this up and it’s not to covered. You’re not supposed to stand under it! For
    some reason it brings bad luck. There are a lot of things you can and cannot do in someone’s ger. Normally men sit on the left side and women on the other side. You need to move clockwise? Yeah you move clockwise as well. And of course, a girl is completely round. There are no corners in it, which is supposed to bring a better
    energy to the place. It only takes the locals, the people who live a nomadic lifestyle, 30 minutes to set up a ger! Just putting each of these up would take me 30 minutes. The current world record for setting it up is eight and a bit minutes! In the world nomad games! So we started the morning in a lovely way. After breakfast they uh… They slaughtered a goat and we could watch the whole thing. From when it was frolicking outside one of the gers, until now that they’re
    cutting it open. They sort of take out the heart and then the goats alive for like about another five minutes. I am very happy that I
    opted to have vegetarian meals only, on this trip. I think I’ll stick to that. At
    least for the next few days We’re heading off to hike to go to a canyon here. Good morning! After the goat, which was a
    little lovely moment in our day. After breakfast and the a goat which
    was a lovely moment, we are now hiking to the canyon over there. It’s all the way
    in the back, you cannot see it from here. It’s called flaming cliffs, which is supposed to be very beautiful and one of the highlights as well on the trip. Yes, because they’re
    bright red cliffs and it’s a canyon. You could call it a small Mongolian version of the grand canyon. The small grand canyon? The not so grand canyon? Yes, the not so grand Gobi canyon! We keep saying this but the landscape is amazing. Let me … This is a panoramic view. Can you believe this? There is nothing else besides us and a few tents. A few gers and over there we
    can maybe see… It’s like 500 meters, maybe a kilometer, we can see a ger camp over there like with ten gers and that’s it! That’s the only thing that we can see.
    It’s crazy! It will be about half an hour. That’s they told us. But Mongolians are not that good with time. We think they some kind of other definition of time. It’s
    all very relative. I don’t know maybe it’s like a small bump in the time-space continuum. Half an hour is usually not half an hour. No it’s not! Yesterday when we asked them how long it would take us to drive all the way from
    where we started yesterday morning and did we mentioned it’s windy? It’s a
    little bit windy! I’m hoping you can even hear us above the wind. But anyway…
    Yesterday we’re like how long will the drive take to get to the Gobi Desert, to
    the ger camp? About seven hours! I think we spend a good nine maybe more in the van. In the end we asked: ”How far is it?” ‘Thirty kilometers’ they said. Then we drove 30 kilometers and they we asked: ”How far is it?” Yeah maybe you know another thirty kilometres maybe two times thirty
    kilometres. It’s all in multiples of thirty. Time to head to the the flaming
    cliffs. you can see them over there in the distance. It looks like it’s not that far
    but I mean it’s very treacherous here. The landscapes are so vast, that you
    can think ‘Oh, I can already see it’, but you’ll be walking for quite some time before
    you actually get there. Wow! We have arrived at the flaming cliffs! This looks incredible! So bright red! Remember those dinosaur eggs we were
    talking about earlier? Well this is where they were first discovered. In the early
    1920’s, American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, led an expedition here to the flaming cliffs in the South gobi. and found numerous dinosaur fossils, as
    well as the first ever discovery of Dino eggs. You won’t see these finds on
    display here, as they were whisked off on camel-back, to various museums. But, according to a paleontologist from Taiwan. whom we randomly met in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to this day, remains a hot spot for Dino related discoveries. Being a landlocked
    nation, there were no large bodies of water here for much of history, allowing
    the fossils to remain buried and intact under layers of soil
    we’ll just take his word for I guess. It’s a really good view! The Mongolian
    version of the Grand Canyon okay it’s smaller it’s small it’s not as deep
    but it has the same bright red color it looks awesome and it doesn’t have the
    crowds that the Grand Canyon is because there’s virtually no one here. Exceptfor
    our group. You can’t even see those. They’re so small they’re ants? Yes they’re ants! We’re travelling in a group of ants! In a desert, you expect sand
    and sand dunes, but not like these really Red Cliffs really beautiful. If you look at them from a distance it really looks like they’re on fire and that’s probably
    how they got their names. Let’s get off them before they go on fire! Now, for the hunting portion of this video, we are on the tracks of some wild goats I think… Follow them back to the camp and
    we’ll find food oh. well we’ll definitely find good food at the camp because we
    offed a goat. I think it’s a goat or Or it could be just a baby wolf, looking for
    it’s mother and crying for its mother. They’ll be here soon I guess. Now we’re just the two of us groups already a bit further. I think we’re pretty safe. I can outrun you and I don’t need to outrun the wold. We made it back just in time
    it’s starting to rain and it’s lunch time serving lunch! let’s go! Hungry! Thank you!
    Usually the guys get their food first but since Naick wasn’t in the tent I had to
    take his food. I almost ate all of his french fries but decided to leave a few. According to Mongolian custom
    apparently men get their food first. On the first day they explain the basic you did everyone when they were handing out
    the place because they were like trying to find all of the men and skipping all
    of the women and they were like yes sorry, it’s a local thing it’s a custom thing The food is actually pretty good on this tour so. We just packed our bags everything we
    have in our bags now pack them all up leaving our nice ger behind. I’m gonna
    miss it! It smells a bit like camels. Goin outside and back in, it smells a bit strange but otherwise it’s pretty cool. Today we’re gonna drive 200 km,
    nothing like yesterday and then we arrived to the sand dunes! – that should be
    pretty good and spent two days there! That was it for today, for this video
    we’ll make a next video out of the beautiful sand dunes and really the
    deserts and the next video is going to be the highlights the highlights the
    trip to the gobi so be sure to check out the next one! If you liked the video
    give a like, comment, a thumbs up, subscribe if you want to follow the rest of the
    journey and we’ll see you in the next one! Bye bye!