My name is Baigalmaa “Baikal” Norjmaa and I am an 30 year old adventure seeker from the nomadic heartlands of Mongolia. I am also the founder of “Steppes to the West” a journey from Ulaanbaatar Mongolia to London, UK, on camel back.
So far I have already traveled to the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan which is roughly 5400km’s from the starting point in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
My journey’s goal is to promote the Mongolian nomadic culture and lifestyle with the world, and exchange camel knowledge with the countries I pass along the way. In a world where we are imprisoned by technology I find it very important that we preserve our traditions and customs for the future of our world, and show the capabilities of humans, women specifically.
I started my journey’s preparations and camel trainings mid 2017 and started at the end of 2017 and crossed the Mongolian plains during winter time overcoming colds of negative 54 degrees Celsius at some nights. So far I have completed Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and still need to travel through Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and finally UK.
Because my journey is entirely self funded I have faced a fair amount of difficulties and obstacles which I have overcome without any negative out comes even if I say so my self, but this also means that I need to rely a fair bit on fund-raisers and donations. Hence the Gofundme page All your donations will be used for the camels (feed, veterinary care) and provisions for me and to be team mates and border crossings.
Part of my wish is to meet the royal family, a nomad born on the plains of Mongolia meeting the royal family after a 3 year long camel journey would be fabulous...
Two-humped camels were used in caravans to transport goods along the ancient Silk Road beginning in 210BCE The Bactrian camel can pack up to two hundred and fifty kilograms each, walking some fifty kilometers a day. Traditionally the Bactrian caravans did not complete the full journey from Mongolia into Europe. Instead the goods were transferred from one caravan to the next, each caravan remaining in their own regions. Both camels and humans face numerous obstacles including temperature extremes, dust, rain, snow and storms, and a variety of road conditions such as gravel, tar and rocky terrain. This will be challenging and sometimes daunting for the unshod four-legged, two-humped animals and their handlers. Each team member who participates will strengthen the camels’ bonding with humans.