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Altai Imprressions

Finally here are some impression of the Altai mountain range. We’ve been driving for about there days through the Altai Travan Bogd National Park. As it is close to the Chinese Border a permit is required and the was organized by Baco , the co-owner of the Eagels Nest Travel Lodge. We camped at two lovely families. They shared their dinner and tea breaks with us and we sleeper close to the main fire places in our sleeping back. And Baco ws alway looking for the right route, asking families and horse-riders. Sometimes you were amazed were he finds them.

The Landy took a very hard meeting during those two days - river crossing getting stuck, crossing mounting ranges through snow, mud, clay, gravel and rocks. But the scenery was stunning! so wer the stays. Highly recommended!!!


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First time stuck

Well, this was a mess and partly stupid. I know the Landy can do a lot and the suspension can travel up to 700mm. the approach looked muddy and bumpy. However as the godsend was partly frozen (its the Altai) I thought that should be ok. So with diff-lock and low range engaged and second gear in. Full speed ahead. It was ok until I slipped sideways into a big hole. And it was a deep short one. Game over.


No chance to pull myself out. So we organized a second car from the family nearby - a Russian UAF jeep. They finally got me pulled out. We stopped the road to the Glacier for today. And turned back to either Altai places.


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How to Cross a River

So, this is something scary. Actually locks more scary inside the car than on photos.

In Khushuut we wanted to cross the River. The old wooden bridge however was under construction. Everyone around however said you can cross the river by car and your Land Rover should do it the easy way. However the whole thing looked crazy and I wasn’t sure how good everything is sealed, even with the raised air intake mounted. Up to 700-800mm would be the maximum in a really worse case scenery. But I really did not want to risk the engine so we organized a truck to pull us to the other side. The Engine was of course off! In the end I probably could have done the crossing depth-wise but the i9ce on the other side would have been a very very tough climb.


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Eagler Hunters

With Help form the Egels Nest Guest Hours we went to Altai Eagle Hunters today. The drive in itself was very scenery and we saw also some rune stones. However the Family was lovely. We had food and tee and even more tee and even if they understood only very little english we managed to exchange some words, facts and small talk.

However the main attraction was the Stone-eagle. The owner even dressed up and we also were allowed to hold the eagle. Later on we went horse riding - which I have never done before so I haven’t had a clue but thank god the horse wasn’t speedy.

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Ölgii

Its been a long driven but now we are in Mongolia. A German dream Destination for Campers, Overlanders, Adventurists. Our first stopp is the small city Ölgii. Firs night we stayed at a hotel as we arrived very late and it was only soso. However next day we switched over to the Eagels Nest, a Hotel only for Tourist - ok we are still the only ones around. However they provided us with very good support and help - i.e. Eagle Hunters and the Altai National Park. And off course we went to the city and tis local black market. Also especially Katharina gave German lessons to Horlan Ahanseri - the so lovely co-owner!!!!

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Bajanaul National Park

This is the third Nationalpark we camped on for two nights and it was also the best one in Kazakhstan so far. And as it was pre-season we were again the only ones around. Not even the close by hotel / restore was open for a beer or so. But in exchange the landscape was stunning!!IMG_1599IMG_1609IMG_1619L8718592L8718615L8718610

David Marcus

We were heading down to the Balqash Lake and before we sorted our overnight camp we bumped into David Marcus - A South African Overlander, Land Rover Enthusiast & also known from Land Rover Magazines. Anyway. We had a nice first chat while he showed us his Land Rover 300 TDI SW and the Discovery 2. The Discovery 2 was pulling the Landy as his engine was basically gone. Originally he wanted to drive own as far as possible before the night but then he stayed with us at the lake.

And of course we had a long chat about Landys, his Journeys and Missions. Superb bloke! Unfortunately he had a bad crash the next day at around lunchtime. Both Land Rover were heavily damaged but he was not hurt. With help from his Kazakhstan Land Rover Friends he managed to get a transport ....


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Astana

So, after our first BNational Park we went to Astana. First night run a Hotel and next two ones couch surfing.

What to do? Well, we went after arrival straight to the main city park and first hat an interesting encounter: The BMW Club Astana. Very friendly bunch of People. Apart from food we were meandering through the park. Next Day we meet up with our couch surfer and in the afternoon we meet his friends from choir (also mainly expats), before however we went sign seeing, very touristy.

Aston is capital in the middle of nowhere and they are ramping ups a new tow center with all those fancy modern Buildings Park and Shopping malls.



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