Sunday, July 19, 2009

Khorgo Uul.



K
horgo Uul is an extinct volcano that ies east of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Together, the volcano and the lake are the core of the Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. We arrived at the volcano late this afternoon. It was a cold and dreary day so I put on the blue plastic rain jacket that we had gotten from Puji. As I got out of the SUV, I felt the raindrops. Luckily, it was just a light drizzle....not enough to deter us from hiking up to the top of the volcano.



We climbed out of the SUVs and started on the path that would lead us to our destination. Stone steps marked the way and it was a gentle ascent. As usual, I took time and snapped photos along the way. The sight of ominous clouds, looking like they were heading our way, pushed me along.




The last stretch was a pretty steep climb so the camera was put away and all I focused on was where I was placing my feet.

Soon I got to the top and there to greet me was a ginormous hole in the ground. Not much to marvel at but still, an interesting sight to see.

The next day, I was able to get a full view of Khorgo Uul as Erka, Adrian, Alexandra and I rode by it on the way to fish in Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur.



As we drove by, you could see just how extensive the lava flow was from this relatively small volcano. Dark lava rocks pave a dark swatch through the grassy landscape.