This past weekend I went out with my co-workers on a 5 day countryside trip. Most of Golomt bank shuts down for long weekend and the whole company goes out on a team building exercise. The staff was divided into about 5 teams each with their own matching track suits and backpacks. I was expecting it to be a leisurely trip out with a few days of doing day hikes. Surprisingly, it turned out to be 5 days of backpacking with 40 pound packs for about 15 miles per day.
Luckily the scenery was amazing. We trekked up and down mountain passes, across streams, and through beautiful valleys. Our final destination was a small completely isolated lake in the middle of nowhere. This lake was beautiful with crystal clear waters, and fish that practically jumped out at you to catch. We spent about 24 hours swimming, fishing and just being lazy. The hike back was more of the same, except we found the lair of the Mongolian horse fly. For nearly two days we endured constant attacks from these guys, and no one had thought to bring any insect repellent.
We finally got back to base camp where the army trucks that the bank had rented were waiting for us. Of course before we headed back we had to have a party. Lots of vodka was consumed, and since I was the only westerner there, they had to see me ride a horse. I’m glad I’d been riding a good bit during my time here, because several of them told me that they were impressed with how well I was able to handle the animal. Coming from a Mongolian that’s high praise! We didn’t leave base camp for UB until about midnight, and between trucks getting stuck in the mud and other mechanical problems we didn’t arrive until about 4am. I was awfully glad to get back to my apartment and a hot shower, and I slept for almost 20 hours afterwards.