In the footsteps of Marco Polo

The vastness of Mongolia is criss-crossed by migrating herders rather than strips of asphalt, and to ski the high peaks ofthe Altay ranges means travelling with the crawling speed and discomfort of a 19th century explorer. The trappings of modern life – Facebook, Gucci, Adidas, Heineken and Starbucks – were all left behind in Ulaanbaatar, the sprawling metropolis of a country turbocharged by resource-hungry China and international mining money. Beyond the city’s slums begins an ocean of wilderness, vast and endless, unchanged since the times of the merchant Marco Polo and the court ofKublai Khan… Continue Reading