Mongolian GobiThe Mongolian Gobi desert is one of the most interesting and mysterious places in the world. It covers almost 30 percent of Mongolian territory. According to scientists, there are 33 different Gobi which are home to wild sheep, wild goat snow leopard, wild ass, antelope, wild camel and goat. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. In reality, most of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes and is the home for camel breeders, rich with wildlife and vegetation. Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. The Gobi desert is located 600 km from Ulaanbaatar, in the foothills of the Altai Mountains at an altitude of 1521 metres above sea level. Two areas have been set apart in the reserve. One, spreading over 449 hectares, claims the largest part of the Trans-Altai Gobi, the other, covering 881000 hectares is within the Jungar Gobi.
Canyon of Yoliin Am (Eagle Mouth)A natural wonder of the Gurvan Saikhan mountain range is the Canyon of Yoliin Am. It has been protected since 1965. It is a narrow canyon in the Zuun Saikhan through which a small river runs. Its peak is 2815 meters high. You can always see thick ice throughout the year in the canyon. Standing over the ice cover you can hear streams of water rushing under your feet. Eagles fly over the canyon and rare animals such us wild sheep and ibex can be seen grazing on the slopes.
Khongor sand duneThese are the largest sand dunes in Mongolia, measuring 800 m high, 20 km wide and 100 km long. Alongside the sand dunes is an oasis through which the Khongoriin River flows. The Local people call the Khongoriin els the “Singing dunes” because the tons of sand shifting in the wind create a sound like a distant aircraft. This dramatic scenery is a contrast of the many colors of nature: the white sand dunes, the high green grass, the red-blue mountains, and the eternal blue sky.
BayanzagBayanzag, also known as the “Cemetery of Dinosaurs” is a picturesque saxaul forest that is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Dinosaurs inhabited Bayan zag 70 million years ago. You can also experience how the strong wind have sculpted areas of Bayanzag.
Khamar MonasteryKhamar Monastery has always been referred to as the energy center of Mongolia where locals believe that there is a living god. The image of the god is sewn into a carpet decorating the main hail of the monastery. The original monastery was built in 1821 by Danzanravjaa and destroyed during the religious purges. The surrounding landscape has caves for meditation where Danzanravjaa retreated with his students.