Riders On The Storm*
Orkhon Valley Travel Blog› entry 28 of 80 › view all entries
The family when we are staying is only a short distance from the main local attraction, the Orkhon waterfall. This is the highest waterfall in the country but is given a poor write-up by LP which claims that it is dry for 10 months of the year. We have seen the river already and know that there is plenty of water at the moment but still have low expectations.
We will ride horses to the waterfall which presents Phil with a problem as he is not prepared to ride yet is told that to reach the waterfall we will need to cross the river and it will be too deep to cross on foot. He still is determined to walk but reluctantly agrees to be carried across the river on a horse.
Julie and James have a little trouble coaxing their ponies into action so are towed by the guide.
We leave the guide with the horses and walk the last 5 minutes to the waterfall and are impressed. There is certainly no shortage of water at the moment and the gorge below the waterfall is also impressive. It actually reminds be a little of High Force (in Durham) that I used to visit regularly in my youth. We find a way down into the gorge and are able to walk up to the base of the waterfall for moe photos and for Phil to take some video.
Back at the river we find the horses tethered but our guide is gone . Today is light rain - the first bad day we have had so far - and we expect he has headed off somewhere more sheltered to wait for us; sure enough after 10 minutes he reappears from round a bend in the river looking happy as ever. The guide, like most Mongolians likes singing. On the way back he sings and then looks to us to join in with some songs that we we know. I'm pretty sure our rather poor rendition of Bohemian Rhaposody didn't impress him.
After lunch the rain seems to have eased and instead of another horse ride Phil and I take a short hike up the valley. We are careful to avoid any ger camps for fear of dogs but do walk a few kms up the valley and to the top of a small hill from where we can look up and down the main valley. The river rises in the mountains south of here and in an areas called the Eight Lakes. We had considered going into this area but decided against it would be cold this early in in the year. Looking up to the Eight Lakes from here this looks like a good call.
Phil has caught on to the themes for my daily blog entries and is lobbying hard for his suggestions to be used. I veto "Rhinestone Cowboy" but "Riders on the Storm" is a good title for today. * after the title indicates credit to Dr P D Jones for the suggestion.