Have you ever ridden two-humped camels? If not, you should do this during your Gobi desert tour in Mongolia. The two-humped camels walk gently and you will feel much more comfort between their two humps rather than riding the one-humped camels. And the picture of you on the camelback besides the sand dunes might remind you of the experience.
Khongor sand dunes are one of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. It continues 100 km, towers 300 m above the Gobi steppes and with a width of 1-7 km. The sand dunes are one of the most beautiful where photographers like to shoot amazing pictures. Climbing the sand dunes is an experience itself and you will have the most stunning views of the Gobi desert from its top. Climbing the higher dunes allow you to have nicer views, but seems a challenge for many people. Our advice is not to climb in a hurry to be on the top of the dunes. Make it easy and gentle. 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. You can hear the sand singing when the sand is dry.
The ger is the main dwelling of the nomads and the main accommodation at the ger camps. You should not leave Mongolia not staying in the ger. You may call it yurt. Yurt is a Turkic word for the ger. You can stay any ger. A ger of nomads, ger of ger camps or ger of a guest house/ger. You will feel more comfortable while staying in the ger camps' ger while the ger of nomads will let you have more experience.
Next, are the Reindeer people who live up in the North in the forested mountains. They live in the "tepee" and their livelihood is completely dependent on nature and their few reindeer.
The nomad family visit can be one of the best experiences you will have in Mongolia. It’s amazing to be invited into a ger and witness the age-old customs of these nomadic people first hand. The Gobi Nomads are the best nomads among the nomads of the other parts in Mongolia. You know the Gobi has a shortage of pastureland, water, and wood. The Gobi receives the least precipitation within Mongolia. Therefore, the Gobi nomads move often than the nomads in the other regions. Due to the demand to move regularly, the Gobi nomads prefer smaller gers and less furnishing. You should make at least one time visit to a Gobi nomad family to see their unique life.
The Gobi desert is the second important archeological site in the world. It was first discovered that the dinosaurs laid eggs after the complete nest found in the Flaming Cliffs which is one of the main attractions in the Gobi. Almost all tours include the former dinosaur excavation area Flaming Cliffs. It is a beautiful area, but dinosaur fossils are randomly found due to the tourist crow. Where else can you explore the dinosaur fossils in nature now? You can do this while traveling along our Gobi Desert Highlights and Central Mongolian Scenery Tour.
The most common picture of the Gobi is endless steppes edge with the horizon. Seeing the Gobi sunrise and sunset over the steppes will be one of the beautiful sceneries you will see in the Gobi. The daylight heat, evening and morning cool air of the cloudless sky make the sunlight even more picturesque with sharper color.
The Gobi sky is the brightest with countless stars and cloudless blue sky daytime. The Gobi desert is the best area for stargazing.
Gurban Saikhan is a beautiful green mountain in the Gobi desert has many picturesque valleys. One of them is Yoliin Am or Eagle Valley where the Golden Eagles/Lammergeyers nested in the rocks. Hiking through the green and cool air canyon of the Gobi desert will be a refreshing experience. Of course, the Golden Eagles will be seen hovering over here and there.
The main picture of the Gobi is flat steppes edge with the horizon. Wherever you go, you will enjoy 360°views. And the Gobi desert rural accommodations located in the most stunning view areas.
The Thousand Camel Festival is Gobi desert of Mongolia and is a celebration of the endangered Bactrian camels. The camels have been playing in an important role for the Gobi desert nomads' life. The nomads use the camels for transportation, make dairy products, eat meat, use hides and as well as beautiful warm and soft clothes, blankets etc. made of the camel wool. During the festival, you will see many camel related customs and activities such as camel competition, camel polo, camel race, best ornament camels, beautifully dressed people competition, how nomads transport ger on the camelback and things made of the camel wool. If you wish, you can ride the camels. Seeing hundreds of camels at once is something special. The camels are marvelous in their winter coat. The Camel Festival takes place on 6 and 7 March, annually.
When you travel in the Mongolian countryside, you will be refreshed and replenished by the views of natural scenery and the calmness. Perhaps you will even forget which day of the week it is in this timeless environment so far from the world's modern, noisy and stressful cities.
Even though Mongolia is a country able to attract any traveler, it is not yet a well-known destination. As Mongolia is the least densely populated country on earth, and though modern development is slowly creeping in, the country remains largely off the mass-tourism trail, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to learn first-hand about the traditional Mongolian way of life before it is threatened by change. It is now an emerging destination. You can imagine how attractive Mongolia is when you hear that most of the travelers who traveled to Mongolia want to come back.
Most people picture the Mongolian Gobi as a sandy flat area, sand dunes, infertile dried mud soil or… ,but after they traveled Mongolia, they completely deny it and define Mongolian Gobi it supports life and is an amazingly surprising area, every day. Some parts of the Mongolian Gobi are daunting rocky mountains covered with plants. The mountainous areas have plenty of streams, springs and wild animals while other parts have views of marvelous blue mountains combined with high, long continuing sand dunes, lush green-shored streams and endless steppes edge with the horizon.
It is an opportunity to discover the most scenic places of the Gobi such as Flaming Cliffs (dinosaur excavation site), Eagle Valley and Khongor sand dunes just after 1.5 hours internal flight. On tour, you will ride two-humped camels, visit the Gobi nomads, end enjoys the Gobi sunrise and sunset over the steppes.
A tour itinerary to discover the most scenic places of the Gobi desert, do most interesting activities and see top attractions. You also travel central Mongolian hilly steppes, grasslands, visit ancient monasteries and explore the nomads' life. You will stay at ger camps allow you enjoy 360° views of the steppes most of the time. Either the nights of the Gobi are amazingly quiet and beautiful with countless bright stars. You also see amazing sunrises and sunsets in the Gobi.
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