Mongolia - Karakorum

July 8. In the afternoon we drove further west to Karakorum, the site of a city designated by Chinggis Khan as the capital of the Khan empire in 1220 AD.

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As we checked in to the Munkh Tenger Ger Camp, we were offered a welcoming cup of mare's milk. Our tour leader, Chris Carpenter, took the first sip.


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The others staying at the camp were four German motorcyclists, whose journey started at Lake Baikal.


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A local Naadaam festival was in progress, so we spent much of the afternoon watching the horse races.


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A fierce dust storm blew up abruptly, so this young rider took his horse to shelter.


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After dinner at the ger camp, we had an unexpected concert of traditional Mongolian music by itinerant musicians. This woman sang "long songs" in a remarkably strong, almost trumpet-like voice.


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A contortionist is usually part of the ensemble. This one amazed us both by her flexibility and balance, and by her costume.

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