Top 6 reasons traveling to Mongolian Gobi

  1. Travel by two-humped Bactrian camel

The two-humped Bactrian camel is an endemic of the Central Asian steppe and Mongolia. The Bactrian camel is much rarer than the dromedary, counted between 1.5 and 2 million, and most of the domesticated. About 950 Bactrian camels still live in the wild in central Asia, essentially in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.

For everyone who travels to the Gobi Desert, camelback riding will be the major experience of any trip. Compared to horses, camel riding is more gentle and fun. Do you think that you need to go to a park or farm with a ride camel? Nope. It is much easy in the Gobi, Just find a nomad family who has camels and ask them for a ride. Then please do not forget to pay for the service.

  1. Gobi: Dinosaurs Graveyard, You might be stepping on dinosaur fossil!

The southern half of Mongolia is considered one of the world’s greatest sources of fossils, Gobi Desert affords a treasured collection of various dinosaur species. Fossils or skeletons from at least 40 different genera of dinosaurs have been found in the country, including raptors, lumbering plant eaters, and massive carnivores. The most famous skeleton and fossils from the Gobi include the “Two fighting dinosaurs (Velociraptor and Protoceratops)”, “Crowded infant dinosaurs – Protoceratops”, “Oviraptorosaurian laying its eggs”, “Giant carnivorous Tarbosaur and its baby” and “Egg fossils of many different dinosaur species, and an embryo in the egg.” In 100 years of dinosaur research, more than 80 genera of dinosaurs out of over 400 dinosaur genera known to science have been found in Mongolia’s the Gobi including spots Flaming cliffs, Nemegt, Khermentsav, Tsar Tsav, and Tugrugiin Shiree.

  1. A lot of sand, a lot of fun

The Hongor Els Sand Dunes, Mongolia’s largest area of dunes, stretch for 180 kilometers. The highest peak of the dune towers 250 feet and is bordered by the Hongoriin River at its northern edge. There is an oasis in this region, which is rich in vegetation and water source for both local nomads and wildlife. The local nomads call their imposing dunes ”singing dunes” due to the sound made by the wind when it moves the sand.

Many people assumed that in Khongor dune-like that the sand is packed hard in order to keep it together. It is totally inexact, on the climb travelers will be sinking in the sand the entire way. But not like a sink-in up to hips as in the Indiana Jones movie. However, it will be a challenging adventure with the mellow sands of Mongolian Gobi.

  1. An ultimate place for wildlife watching

One of the main flyways of migratory birds passes through Mongolia’s Gobi. In the Gobi region, 246 species of birds including endangered Altai’s snowcock, Lammergeier, Wall Creeper, Mongolian Ground Jay, Houbara Bustard, and Pallas Sand Grouses have been recorded. It is much easier to watch many species of birds in Gobi’s small ponds, springs, and natural and planted trees and bushes than watching in other northern regions of Mongolia. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (MN46), Borzongiin Gobi (MN47), and Galbiin Gobi (MN48) were recorded as prominent regions for Mongolian bird conservation. Besides birds, a number of rare mammal species including argali sheep, ibex, snow leopard, lynx, wild ass, gazelles, saiga, wild Bactrian camel, and Gobi bear are habited in mountains an oasis in the Gobi.

  1. Gaze dazzling stars

Gazing stars in the Gobi desert will be an extraordinary experience for astronomy lovers.  In the glorious open space without light pollution, it is able to see many stars such as the North Pole, Morning star, Plough, Pleiades, and Milky Way at an angle of 180 degrees horizon with the regular eye.

  1. Drive across terrains of the vast steppe

4WD vehicles or motorbikes are the best way to travel from one remote site to the other across the vast territory of the Gobi desert. In Mongolia’s Gobi, you may not encounter a community or electricity lines, or any other signs of modern infrastructure development after traveling for hundreds of kilometers outside of the capital city.  Rent a vehicle and spend a week cruising around the Gobi, it will be one of the highlights of lifetime adventures in Mongolia.

 

Traveling by horse in Mongolia

Mongolian horse: A unique creature for nomads

 Mounted on their remarkable horses, Chinggis Khaan and his army of skilled cavalry were able to conquer much of Asia and Eastern Europe, establishing the largest empire in the world.

For many centuries horse has been the main part of the nomad’s life but still maintain their wild nature.

The horses In Mongolia live in herds, led by a stallion who guides the horses to water, shelter, and safety.  The horses are hardy and adapted to living out in temperatures that can reach -45c, and are able to forage for food in any conditions. Mongolian horses are small – growing to between 13hh and 14hh – but stocky and strong and great for endurance riding.  Although n Mongolian horse is smaller than western and Arabian breeds it has strong muscles naturally intelligent and loyal to the owner.

The Mongolian horse is one of the most ancient horse breeds in the world. According to the archeological funding, Mongolians had domesticated and used horses for their lives since 2000 B.C.

Mongolian horse breeds have descended from the Takhi, well known as the Przewalski horse. They have similar body

 TRAVELING BY HORSE AMONG ENDLESS STEPPE

Horse Breed: Native Mongolian horses.
Height of horses: Approx. 12 – 14hh
Weight limit:  90kg / 198lbs
Required level of ride: Beginner-Advanced
Highly recommended destinations for horseback riding in Mongolia:

  • Orkhon river valley, central Mongolia
  • Northern Mongolia, route to Taiga reindeer people
  • Khan Khentii Mountains in Eastern Mongolia
  • Gorkhi-Terelj national park, nearby Ulaanbaatar
  • Western Mongolia, Altai Mountains

Best time to ride: June – October

Traveling by horse in Mongolia is not just an adventure or holiday, but it is the opportunity to explore the wilderness, great steppes and immerse yourself with a culture of nomads that you wanted to learn about. During horseback riding expeditions – learning new skills, pursuing your interests, and of course, just relaxing and enjoying the ride and company.

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Benefits of horseback riding: Doctors approve horseback riding offers the following health benefits.

Core Strength: Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse. As a result, postural strength becomes very important in horseback riding.

Balance and Coordination: Staying balanced becomes more challenging the faster and more quickly the horse moves. Cantering or galloping and jumping, for example, are much more difficult than a simple jog or trot. The rider must develop coordination skills to move the body with the horse in order to help the horse stay balanced.

Muscle Tone and Flexibility: Along with the core muscles, the inner thighs and pelvic muscles get the biggest workout as a rider positions himself or herself. This exercise helps with good overall muscle tone and flexibility.

Cardiovascular Exercise: Depending on the type of riding and the speed and agility of the horse, horseback riding can require more effort, energy, and cardiovascular capacity.

Mental exercise: There are many mental benefits to horseback riding. There’s a confidence that comes from learning how to handle and interact with this huge animal. You really learn about yourself as you experience time on a horse.

Additionally, horseback riding to be a very relaxing and calming experience. Horseback riding grounds me. It takes me away from any other worries or issues because, for the time being, the only focus is on riding and staying on the horse. While horseback riding In Mongolia is a great exercise, same time true benefit you may get now is the connection with the wild nature, horses, and contributing lives of local nomads.

What to expect from horse riding journeys?

  1. Meet authentic nomads and visit their ger
  2. Contribute their lives (rent horses and yaks)
  3. Ride a yak or pack your luggage
  4. Capture breathtaking photos of nature or nomads
  5. Test airag (Kumis) or authentic nomadic cuisine
  6. Play Mongolian traditional games
  7. Challenge yourself and boost your confidence

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