Chris Sheldrick spent a decade in the music business, promoting bands and producing big events all over the world. Frustrations with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs, led him on a journey to a simpler way of finding people.
While most people opt to visit Mongolia in warmer seasons, the winter months are an exceptionally beautiful time to see the steppe and Siberian borderlands covered in frost and snow. To boot, the country is also surprisingly accessible at this time of year and worth a visit as a unique experience of its own.
Crossing three vast countries, each as fascinating as the next, the train trundles through the seemingly endless birch forests of Russia, skirting impressive Lake Baikal and the wilds of the Siberian taiga, into an entirely different world of steppes dotted with gers (traditional yurts) and the stark Gobi Desert in Mongolia, before nature makes way for the urban landscape and skyscrapers of Beijing.