Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia

As I said in the previous post, I had no real goals for my summer in Asia besides a list of countries to visit. The only real set-in-stone goal that I had set for myself was to spend my golden birthday in Northern Mongolia on Lake Khovsgol.

Looking North from the Southwest shore

Brian and Conrad are fellow Montanans, and I travelled with them from Ulaanbaatar to the lake.

Woke up on the morning of July 23rd to sunshine, blue skies, and tons of wildflowers.

I decided to climb the mountain behind my campsite to get a view of the lake. There were no trails, so most of my time was spent bushwhacking through tall, wet grass. I got above the tree line only to hike up a steep, rocky slope. I finally reached the top and stood in awe at what was in front of me. It was a powerful moment... I felt a great sense of accomplishment from climbing the mountain, and achieving my goal of spending my golden birthday on Lake Khovsgol. In addition, the vast expanse of the lake in front of my was truly incredible. It was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I felt it necessary to take a photo.

From the top

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