Asia | Mongolia | Ulaan Baatar – Back to the capital
Once the tent was packed up and breakfast was eaten, it was onto the next hurdle. Getting to Gachuurt had been easy, but it hadnt really occurred to us how we would get home! No taxis, no buses and a good 12-hour walk between us and our hotel. We hiked back to the main road and hoped for the best.
A couple of overcrowded cars passed, then a decrepit bus containing so many passengers its chassis was almost touching the road! So on with plan B hitchhiking. My parents would kill me, so I must point out that, because of the dire lack of public transport outside of the capital, hitchhiking is a recognised form of transport. And in case you plan to try it, dont expect a free ride! The going rate is not much less than the taxi rate.
A few vehicles later, we jumped in a Lada with two traditionally dressed women and a young girl seemed pretty safe and got dropped off right outside our hotel for a fair price. Everyones a winner!! The rest of the day was devoted to eating something other than spicy noodles and potatoes and to catching up on some well-deserved sleep!