Mongolia - my trek in the Altai Mountains

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Mongolia - my trek in the Altai Mountains
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Last year I trekked for a couple weeks in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, at the border with China and Russia. I used my K-5 because the K-5 IIs was in for replacement of its shake reduction system. Lenses were the 20-40 Limited, and HD 15 mm and 70 mm Limiteds. I also took a photo or two with my FA 135.

The gear stood up well to the rigours of trekking, summiting, glacier travel, glissading (at 35 km/h), rain, snow, heat, dust, and shaking. There were two days of driving over roadless steppe in old Russian military vans just to get to the trailhead.

A few samples are here for your viewing. C&C welcome. See more in the full album.

I'll post lots of pictures. The first set is trekking in the Five Holy Peaks area of the Tavan Bogd National Park. The second set is going over Bear Pass and down the river towards Khoton Lake. The third set is from the drive to the trailhead, before the trekking began.

Icelandic poppy and the Alexander and Potanin Glaciers

summit of Malchin Peak, at 4050 m elevation and on the border with Russia

our base camp

the kaleidoscopic landscape

one of two markers of the border between Mongolia and Russia here

It felt like walking through a painting.

our base camp, with Mount Khuiten (under the cloud), at 4375 m the highest in Mongolia, and on the border with China

heading to a shamanic shrine - one of a few "power centres" in Mongolia

farewell to Malchin Peak

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