Name: Gobi Desert
Reason to Visit: One of the largest deserts in the world, provide stunning views of grassland, sand dunes, rocks group and flaming cliffs
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Gobi Desert is in the south of Mongolia. The Gobi Desert covers an area of 1,300,000 square kilometers. Gobi has the meaning of desert and dry in Mongolian. The Gobi Desert crosses Mongolia and China and covers a huge area. Gobi is one of the huge desert and semi-desert areas in the world, stretching across the vast land in northern East Asia and across the vast space of Mongolian Plateau.Most areas of the Gobi Desert are bare rocks, not deserts. It is very dry in the Gobi Desert.
Explore the Gobi Desert is an adventure, seeing the endless dunes, ancient rocks and bleak desert. The scenery of the Gobi Desert is splendid and amazing, and you will meet canyons, caves and oasis in the Gobi Desert. You can experience not only deserts in the Gobi Desert, but also other spectacular and impressive views.
Feel the Vastness of the Gobi Desert
Gobi Desert is the second largest desert in Asia and the fifth largest desert in the world. It occupies a vast arc with a length of 1609 kilometers and a width of from 483 to 966 kilometers.
Walking on the Gobi Desert, you can really feel the vastness of it. Rolling dunes are particularly spectacular during the sunset. The dunes looks red or pink under the sunset, which is magnificent and impressive.
You don’t need to worry about anything when you are walking on the dunes because your world is nothing but sands. If you go to the Gobi desert in the afternoon before the sunset, you will witness the impressive desert turning from yellow to red.
Sand Skiing and Riding a Camel on the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes
Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes are the most famous sand dunes among the sand dunes in Mongolia. Known as Singing Dunes, the sound is very wonderful when the wind blows to the sand dunes. The highest sand dune of the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes reaches 300 meters. And enjoying the sunset on the top of the sand dunes must be an impressive and unforgettable experience. And the sand dunes should be a must go attraction in the Gobi Desert.
Sand skiing is very funny. You should climb up to the top the sand dunes and slide down, which is very exciting. You can feel the fast and furious when you slide down quickly. And you should know that you may need some while to climb up to the top the sand dunes. And the progress of sliding down is quick. So it is an energetic activity. And please take care of you mobile phone because it is very difficult to find your mobile phone if you lost it.
Sand dunes are hot places for riding camels. Camels are the only vehicle in the sand dunes. Generally speaking, camels are very gentle and compliant when you are riding. There will be no problems on the camels. Riding a camel is a special experience. Cross the sand dunes by riding a camel, feel the moving of the camel and you will get a sense of achievement. Keep moving forward and not fearing difficulties, the spirit of the camels will give you power in your life.
Experience the Stunning Views of Vast Baga Gazriin Chuluu
The Baga Gazriin Chuluu is one of the famous rocks group in the Gobi Desert. Most areas of the Gobi Desert are bare rocks, not deserts. The landscape changes dramatically in the Gobi Desert, and you can see grassland, rocks group, flaming cliffs and sand dunes.
The Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a popular stopover in the Gobi Desert, which is a granite group. And The peak of the Baga Gazriin Chuluu is the Tahilgat Mountain with the altitude of 1768 meters. Wild sheep, ibexes, eagles and foxes can be seen here. It was the Baga Gazriin Chuluu that 2 monks used to live and leave some rock paintings in the 19th century.
Admire the Spectacular Flaming Cliffs
Located in the Gobi Desert, Flaming Cliffs are in the south of Mongolia, nine hours from Ulaanbaatar. The Flaming Cliffs are known as Bayanzag to the locals. Flaming Cliffs are named because the color of the rocks here are red, especially in the sunlight or the sunset, whose color is like burning flame. And we should know that most areas of Gobi are not deserts but bare rocks. Flaming Cliffs sound both mysterious and spectacular in the wilderness.
You will be confused that why this place is special in such a remote location. In 1922, American scientist Roy Chapman Andrew and his expedition team first discovered dinosaur skeletons and eggs at the Flaming Cliffs. Flaming Cliffs shocked the world after the discovery of dinosaur skeletons and eggs. And the fossils are from the Cretaceous Period.
At the Flaming Cliffs, you can enjoy the endless red rocks and soil especially under the sunset as well as explore the home to dinosaur fossils and eggs.
Hiking in the Yolyn Am Valley
As one of the most popular destinations in Mongolia, the Yolyn Am Gorge is a marvelous place that the glaciers are not melted in summer. The spectacular rocky cliffs and shaded canyons here can keep glaciers from melting until summer. You will forget the heat and the desolation of the Gobi Desert when you immerse yourself at the green Yolyn Am Valley.
You will not feel that you are in the Gobi Desert when you are at the Yolyn Am Valley. Green plants on the steep cliffs and the narrow stream will make you forget you are in the Gobi Desert. At the Yolyn Am Valley you will understand that Gobi Desert is not only deserts.
The green valleys will give you a different impression of Gobi Desert to you. And this picturesque view of the Yolyn Am Valley makes it a paradise for hiking lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The whole valley is about 10 kilometers, which takes about 4-5 hours to hike.