Globe Trekker "Mongolia" on WXXI-TV

Globe Trekker "Mongolia" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:00am - 1:00am

Pictured: Ian in Mongolia

Credit: WETA

Ian travels through the varied landscapes of Mongolia. 

His first stop is the modern-day capital of Ulaan Bataar where he visits the Gandan Monastery, one of a few to survive the Stalinist purges of the 1930s.  Ian heads to Karakorum, once the magnificent center of Genghis Khan’s empire but now in ruins.  He samples mutton, the national dish, and enjoys a throat-singing performance.  He journeys across the plains where he encounters nomads who live in a traditional ger and joins them on horseback to hunt marmots.  Ian’s next destination is the Gobi Desert, the least populated area of the country, where he spies the rare two-humped Mongolian camel and explores the Valley of the Dinosaurs.  He arrives back in Ulaan Bataar to celebrate the Naadam Festival, a huge contest of the “Three Manly Sports” — archery, wrestling and horseracing.

Globe Trekker "Mongolia" airs Monday, May 24 at 12 a.m. (midnight of Saturday, May 23) on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Each program transports viewers to unforgettable destinations around the world, documenting the journeys of vibrant, young travel guides ¾ including the charismatic Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro and Megan McCormick ¾ as they venture off the beaten path to encounter the people who inhabit the land, soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in the breathtaking vistas.