I’m now in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s thriving capital, where half the country’s population lives.

Finding it too easy to linger here, I have not yet been packrafting, so instead I’ve been seeing some of the sights. And those include Gandantegchinlen Khiid. It was one of the few monasteries that escaped the has destruction of the 1930s under Stalin. Although closed for a while, it is now open and since the 1990s and end of communism when restrictions on worship were lifted, it is a thriving place.