Written by Sofia Santos, Year 13 (2014-2015)
The trip to Mongolia was the most life changing and incredible experience of our lives. It surpassed all expectations and showed us an amazing part of the world that we would have otherwise missed.
We all went with the intention of being challenged and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and while this was extremely physically and mentally difficult at times, it also brought us together as a group and developed our leadership and teamwork skills as well as our independence.
The trip began with a chaotic rush to buy all our equipment, food and supplies for 6 days of camping and horse trekking. We organised ourselves into teams which would oversee various aspects of the trip such as budget, food and transport and it was important to take care of as much as possible at the start of the 12 days in order to avoid complications later on.
We then set off from Ulan Bataar into rural Mongolia, which is truly one of the most spectacular areas of Asia I’ve ever seen. The Mongolian landscape is so diverse, ranging from vast plains and valleys to beautiful meadows and mountains and we were so fortunate to be able to experience it all on horseback.
To finish off a grueling 4 days of horse riding, we stayed in a traditional Mongolian Ger at the Tsenkher hot springs, followed by a night of camping under the stars at the sand dunes.
What seemed like an impossible feat at first turned out to be a wonderful challenge; we were all devastated to say goodbye to Mongolia at the end. We were enamoured by the kindness of the people we met along the way as well as the scenery around us and I would recommend it to anyone. It was an unforgettable way to finish my secondary school career and I can genuinely say that I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life.
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