- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.