They love their colorful roofs and fences
Out houses would be chilly places in winter....
Very overcast heavy sky. The lovely snowy mountains were not visible this morning.
After showers we packed up and moved on at about 1100hrs.
I walked for a ways. It was cold with a very little bit of drizzle.
We were still on the west side of the road, upon reaching Bulgan(2) we had some internet so checked emails and sent an all OK to family. Just as we were leaving fat soft snow flakes fell on the windscreen.
We stopped and checked weather forecast. Snow flurries from 1pm to 2pm then partly cloudy min -5C overnight. It continued to snow and then to settle. It was still 8 degrees. More and more settled till we struggled to find the track. Then around the corner it as all clear again.
Although we had about 1000m to climb we thought the snow will not be to thick...
We continued on and turned NE onto the Bulgan-Duut track about 14:30. It was not snowing but there were snow clouds up north.
This monument was seemingly in the middle of nowhere
What a gorgeous drive up a creek bed.
Within half an hour we were in snow passing corrals,
huts and yurts
along with yaks Then into the snow. As we followed the valley up the snow slowly thickened its blanket on the rocky ground.
We could just discern the wheel tracks under the snow of the track and managed to continue. The low clouds drifted away and we were left to enjoy a really beautiful day.
We had decided, because of our untrusty engine, that we should camp close to civilization. Hence sadly we would not be camping at the summit (3200m).
Although still above freezing, the snow was dry and not slippery. The track was still covered in snow but looked like it had been created with a dozer.
But at about 3000m the back wheels started slipping around a corner I had gotten into deepish snow.
30 minutes later at 3150m at the switchback again the back wheels slid out. We felt it prudent to try out our new chains. Only took 15mins to fit after finding some warm clothes. It was -1.5C.
John backed down and drove on up without a slip. Easy chains to fit did not have to move a wheel.
We continued to the top in brilliant sunshine. What a glorious vista arriving the summit 17:20 about 3 hours to travel some 26km.
We got talking and john thought he would try for a smooth track. I was too late with my warning that he was leaving the track and front right went into a hole. Needed the winch to get her out.
Just got moving again when John mentioned we had visitors. A UAZ was coming up hill. We gave him a wave.
Very thankful he came along as soon the bulldozed track stopped and with out his tracks we may have fallen into more holes. Another one soon came up followed by two motorbikes who were struggling in the slippery rocky snow.
A very slow drive out of the rocks then a short cut up and over some ridges, fast and slow spots, back onto track and camped above the town of Duut around 20:00hrs. 7.5 hrs for 60km