In Mongolia there are 3,000 species of flowering plants of which 975 species are registered as medicinal plants and used in folk and traditional medicine. With most of these being found in central and western Mongolia the focus will be on identifying as many of these as possible.
Travelling with Mary Moody and an expert local botanist from the Mongolian National University, the trip has been designed to maximize the opportunity to catalogue and photograph the unique wildflowers and flora. Commencing in Ulaanbaatar, we will drive west towards the Hangai Nuruu, Mongolia’s second largest mountain range, in the area of the Eight Lakes which lies 2800 meters above sea level. On the way we have the opportunity to experience the full colour of Nadaam. The Naadam Festival (or eriyn gurvan Naadam) ties in the spirit of Genghis Khan (or Chinggis Khaan, who in this isolated country is synonymous with strength, unity, law and order), with the competition involving the three sports of horse racing, archery and wrestling.
Mary Moody trained as a journalist in the 1960's and after moving to the Blue Mountains in the 1970's became a passionate organic gardener. For ten years she was a presenter on Gardening Australia. Mary is looking forward to returning to Mongolia after a successful trip there a few years ago. Click here to download the tour itinerary. Click here to book your place on the tour. When booking, please use the promotion code BOTFF.