Gobi Desert

Why you should visit the Gobi Desert

  • Explore Yolyn Am or Eagle Valley whose walls are so high and steep that ice can often be found in its basin throughout the summer
  • Climb Mongolia’s highest sand dunes; Khongoriin Els, known as singing dunes due to the sound they make when the wind blows over them
  • Visit the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, where the American expedition of the 1950s uncovered a great haul of dinosaur remains
  • Drive overland via Karakorum, the ancient walled city which was once the capital of the Mongolian Empire under Genghis Khan

Our specialists 'must do'

Spend some time in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve on the northern edge of the Gobi Desert. This remote reserve spans 66,000 hectares of grassland and semi-desert steppe where one of the last remaining populations of argali sheep can be found. This rugged terrain is also home to a wealth of other wildlife from Mongolian fox to Siberian ibex, gazelle, wolf and many raptors.

A little more about the Gobi Desert

The word Gobi in Mongolian means desert. The Gobi is bounded by the Altai mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southwest. Unlike the Sahara there are few sand dunes; rather you'll find large barren expenses of gravel plains and rocky outcrop.

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