STEPPES TO THE WEST: DREAMS OF AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Baigalmaa “Baikal” Norjmaa is an adventure seeker from the nomadic heart of Mongolia. The ambitious thirty year old woman is attempting a journey with a
camel caravan following the ancient Silk Road. The goal of her STEPPES TO THE WEST journey is to share Mongolian nomadic culture and its deep history
with camels to the world.
Baikal, accompanied by a team of alternating intrepid international adventures,began planning, preparations and camel training in 2017. The Bactrian camels began as untrained, 4-5 year old geldings. The STEPPES TO THE WEST camel caravan set out on the 8th of November 2017.
The STEPPES TO THE WEST journey’s route of 12,000 kilometers began in Mongolia and will traverse through China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and France. The destination of the estimated three year journey will be London, England.
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.
STEPPES TO THE WEST plans to make history by completing the full distance
with one herd of camels. 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.
The border between China and Kazakhstan (Khorgos) 3000km’s from Ulaanbaatar.
WHAT IS STEPPES TO THE WEST?
An epic attempt by an International team to journey over 12,000 kilometres with ten camels from the heart of Mongolia through Europe, tracing the ancient Silk Road down through Asia, the old Persian and Ottoman empires, and into the UK.
The proposed route includes Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and the UK.