This journey is in direct response to the success of the botanical trek led by Mary in July 2011.
On this trip, Mary and local botanist Dr. Oyuntsetseg will take a group to fascinating northern Mongolia, to discover the local flora and to experience the traditional way of life of the nomadic people. Visually Mongolia is a breathtaking country, with wild mountain ranges and barren green steppes. It contains a wide range of alpine plants and remains one of the most remote and unspoiled countries on the planet.
'Discovering Mongolia was a life-changing experience for me, one that was shared by the entire group. Ulaanbaatar is an extraordinary city with a chequered political history. The climate for the local people is challenging. From the extreme heat of summer to the depths of winter when temperatures can reach 45 degrees below (and more). It is also a country fashioned, physically and economically, by extremely low rainfall (less than 400 mm per year).
The people are warm, friendly and humorous, and appear to me as survivors of their environment and turbulent history.
Walking in the mountains was extraordinary. Never have I seen nature's garden as glorious. Our gear was carried by camel train and we were accompanied by traditional nomads on horseback, whose skills at leading us across the mountain pass were hugely appreciated.
Every day we gathered plan specimens, and spent the evenings identifying our discoveries. In all, we photographed and identified more than 160 species in the wild. I am planning to display our full botanical collection on this website when I have gathered all the photographs together.
The highlight for me was being welcomed by the nomads in their homes (gers) and observing their way of life. Nothing could have prepared me for this experience.'
For further details contact Mary on email@example.com