A WOMAN from Sonning Common has completed a charity trek through Mongolia to mark her 60thÂ birthday.
A WOMAN from Sonning Common has completed a charity trek through Mongolia to mark her 60th birthday.
Rosemary Dunstan, who runs the village library, walked 50 miles in four days, starting in the capitalÂ Ulaanbaatar.
This was her 15thÂ trek in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research.
Mrs Dunstan, who lives in Birch Close, was part of a group of five.
She said the most challenging part of the trek was the heat, with temperatures of up to 30C.
She said: “Walking in the heat, carrying a rucksack with water in it was quite sweaty. We didn’t stop very often, unless there was shade to sit in, but the track tended to avoid the trees so there wasn’t much shade.
“And then there were the flies — lots of themÂ — and mosquitoes. There’s a character in the Charlie Brown cartoons called Pigpen, who always has a crowd of flies round his head and I felt like him! I was not expecting the acres and acres of wildflowers, stretching in places as far as the eye could see.
“There were familiar varieties such asÂ cranesbill in three different colours, rosebay willowherb, scabious and vetch, some of which I’ve pulled up from my garden. There were also many unexpected or unfamiliar varieties, such as chives, larkspur, betony, dianthus and edelweiss.”
Along the way Mrs Dunstan stayed with locals or slept in a tent. She also milked a cow and watched how milk was churned. She also saw a 40m highÂ statue of Genghis Khan that was completed in 2008.
After finishing the trek, she travelled by car back to the capital.
She said: “I went to a traditional Mongolian show where there was dancing and throat singing. Mongolia was an interesting country and in a few years it will be a tourist destination but at the moment it’s quite basic.”
To make a donation, visitÂ www.justÂ giving.com/RosemaryDunstan60Â