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Introducing Ölgii

Ölgii city is a windblown frontier town that will appeal to anyone who dreams of the Wild West. It’s a squat, concrete affair, straddling the banks of the Khovd Gol and surrounded by ger (traditional circular felt yurt) districts and rocky escarpments. Thunderclouds brew in the mountains above town, making for some dramatic climatic changes throughout the day and brilliant light shows in the late afternoon.

The town is predominantly Kazakh, and you’ll soon start feeling it has more in common with Muslim-influenced Central Asia than Buddhist Mongolia: there are signs in Arabic and Kazakh Cyrillic, and the market, which is called a bazaar rather than the Mongolian zakh, sells the odd shashlik (kebab) and is stocked with goods from Kazakhstan.