In June one of our own, Rachel Armstrong, embarked on an epic journey across Asia on board the Trans-Siberian. Setting out from Beijing on our 18 day Big Rail Tripper tour, Rachel travelled through the unspoilt landscapes of Mongolia – camping out in a traditional Ger, experienced local life at a homestay in Ulan Ude, trekked to Lake Baikal – the world’s largest body of fresh water, and explored the Yekaterinburg – the City of the Romanovs in Russia, before arriving into her final destination, Moscow. This week’s photo showcase offers a glimpse at her trip, on and off rail.
To find out more about Rachel’s journey, please email her on Rachel@onthegotours.com.
Want to read more about the Trans-Siberian? Why not follow the story of our passengers, Tricia and Dave, who blogged their way through Asia on this epic journey.
1. Boarding the Trans-Siberian
All packed and ready, boarding the Trans-Siberian in Beijing marked the start of our epic journey. Travelling 7858 kilometres across three countries, we were about to traverse one third of the globe in just four stops.
2. Horseriding in Mongolia
Horse riding across the Mongolian Steppe allowed us to experience the country's beautiful vistas. The Steppes provide a myriad of hiking opportunities, with no set hiking trails the possibilities are endless, as are the views.
3. Five-star Ger camp
Nestled in its own private valley, our 5 star Ger camp boasted electricity, hot showers, amazing food, and because of its isolated surroundings was extremely peaceful.
4. Mongolia's National Parks
Terelj National Park provides many outdoor activites, including rock climbing and swimming (if you like icy water). Eighty kilometres northeast of Ulaan Baatar, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is fast becoming developed, however the roads still need a bit of attention.
5. Our private Ger
Our own private Ger Hut, I think I had a permanent lump on my head for the two days we were here. Even though the doors are low, the overall experience is worth the bumpy roads and bumps on the head. Fire’s lit in the morning and evening, tasty meals, and an endless supply of tea.
6. Crossing borders on the Trans-Sib
Photo time while we hang around at the border crossings, and there is a lot of hanging around at the border crossings. Take plenty to do on the long journeys, our longest on the train was 54.5 hours. However the train vista’s also kept our attention, and made it easy to pass time.
7. Railway Tracks
The long straight tracks already travelled. Taken from the back of the train if you are lucky enough to be the last carriage, or it’s a long walk. On this journey we were lucky to be the back of only two carriages.
8. Stop at Lake Baikal
Adventurous overnight trek along the shores of Lake Baikal, unfortunately the weather wasn’t so great, as no snow capped mountains showing in the background of this 636km long, 60km wide lake, the largest body of fresh water in the world. There was also no Nerpa Seal watching for us either, which are also a unique feature of the lake.
9. Furry friends on the Trans-Sib
Our most hairiest cabin mate yet!!! Also to help pass the time on the train, were our cabin mates. All part of the Trans Sib experience are the people you meet along the way. We had many hand signal conversations with those that didn’t speak English, some lovely Russian people that spoke English really well, those that just ignored us, and many kindred foreign travellers.