Mongolia Gobi desert
Mongolia Gobi Desert is the largest desert in Asia. And it is the fifth largest desert in the world. People always imagine Gobi as a lifeless sandy desert. In reality, only 5% of the total area is sand dunes. The most part of Mongolia Gobi desert is a land of steppes, sands and mountains. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. But Mongolia Gobi Desert is a land of dinosaurs and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation.
One of the most hospitable nomadic herders lives in Mongolia Gobi Desert
Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. Mongolia Gobi Desert is notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire. And it is location of several important cities along the Silk Road.
The Mongolia Gobi desert is not only famous for dinosaur species discovery, but also well known for its rich natural resources. The Gobi Desert Mongolia is rich in copper, gold and coal deposits. One of them is called Oyu Tolgoi which is the world’s third largest copper and gold mine.
The Mongolian government established the Great Gobi National Park in 1975. And the UNESCO designated the Great Gobi as the fourth largest Biosphere Reserve in the world in 1991. Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi , where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory.
Top things to do in Mongolia Gobi desert
Explore Khongor Sand Dunes
Khongor sand dunes are one of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. And it covers a 180km long area. The largest dunes are North West of the range up to 800 meters high. You can climb to the top of the sand dunes and slide down. But it seems a challenge for many people. Once you are on the top of the dunes, slide the sand northwards against the wind. You will hear a sound like an aircraft. This is the sand singing. And you can hear the sand singing when the sand is dry. The view of the desert is awesome from the top of the sand dunes. Experience the endangered two-humped Bactrian camels and big open blue skies in the Mongolia Gobi desert.
Discover Tsagaan Suvarga
The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province. The cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure. Tsagaan suvarga is a big escarpment with 200m height and 400m long. Also it’s 90 degree of straight, consists of many colors of clay deposits. It looks like an ancient city. And sometimes looks like white stupas from a distance. After heavy rains,the unusual forms of cliffs can also look like a massive waterfall. So you can enjoy hiking around colorful Stupa.
Flaming cliffs are located about 100 km at the northwest of Dalanzadgad. Bayanzag is one of the most famous palaeontological sites in the world. American explorer Roy Andrew Chapman first found dinosaur bones and eggs in the area in 1922. During the 2 years he searched through the Mongolia Gobi Desert and he found Dinosaur fossils from Bayanzag, Nemekht Mountain. Also he brought his paleontological findings on 70 camels. And Chapman presented Mongolia one large skeleton on show in the Ulaanbaatar Natural History Museum. The barren cliffs look strikingly flame-like, especially at sunset.
Mongolia is home to the largest number of two humped Bactrian camels in the World. In the past, camels played a major role in the transport along the Silk Road and the Tea road between Asia and Europe. One of the popular activities is certainly riding a camel in Mongolia. And sitting on a camel is probably the most impressive moment. There is availability to ride a camel in southern Mongolia Gobi desert and Central Semi Gobi area. Travel Mongolia with us. Mongolia Gobi desert Tours