Altai Mountains (RUS)- Somewhere in Bayan-Ölgii aimag (MGL)
August 28, 2014
(continue from part 1)
We finally arrived at the Russian/ Mongolia border around 11am. We are super excited for our 20th Mongol Rally countries!
Russia border crossing time: 11am to 12:00pm
Mongolia border crossing time: 12:30pm- 12:55pm
Our paperworks are all done by 12:55pm. We though that we can leave the border zone but all the Mongolian officers went to lunch at 1pm. Therefore, we have to wait until 2:15pm so that our car can be freed.
Graham found out that our tire is totally bent. Fortunately we bought a brand new wheel in Barnaul!
While waiting Young and I went for lunch at the small village. We had lamb dumplings absolutely delicious! You can see in the kitchen they use the dried yak dung as fuel for the stove.
Finally we were released by this cute Mongolian border female soldier.
There’s no paved road in Western Mongolia.
Mongolian Yak welcome us!
Once we arrived in Ölgii we took a different byway than other Mongol Ralliers did.
No road! We found a cow skull and strapped it on Takhi Butter! Now the skull is proudly displayed in my living room!
We drove till nightfall, passed by nomadic families and their herds and settle down for the night.