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Western Mongolia

Getting around

Hiring a jeep is relatively easy in any of the three western aimag capitals, and all three cities are linked by decent roads. You’ll waste a lot of time if hitchhiking in the area; trucks will be most likely headed for the nearest border post and jeeps will be packed full of people. Your best chance of finding a lift is to ask for a share jeep at the markets, or hire your own jeep at a cost of around T450 per kilo­metre. If sharing a jeep with locals you’ll save the anguish of waiting for additional passengers by asking the driver to pick you up at your hotel when he is ready. If you are determined to hitch, bring water, food, a tent and plenty of patience. Travelling by mountain bike or horse is great if you have the time.