Reviewing the packing list and going over the paper maps to have everything ready by the time I hit the ground in Ulaanbaatar on Monday. Excited to be part of this amazing journey and looking forward to meeting the herding families working with the project. I had a chance to review the route and plot it roughly on my maps at least for the first few segments. Of course we will be using GPS for the actual navigation and the expedition leader Bruce Elfström of Overland Experts has scouted the route. We will also be traveling with members of the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project (MBDP) in-country team who are familiar with the region.
We will be driving an assortment of vehicles including two Land Cruiser 76 series, a Land Cruiser Troopie, a Lexus 470, a Land Cruiser 80 series, a Ford Ranger diesel pick up and a Fourgon (UAZ 452) in a loop from the capital Ulaanbaatar south into the Gobi desert then west as we go through the region where the MBDP does most of its work with nomadic herders, before turning back north and east to complete the circle. The journey will take about two weeks and we move camp almost every night. Am prepared for an intense trip and looking forward to learning a lot along the way.