The Gobi

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2012

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Flag of Mongolia  , South Gobi Aimak,
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We decided to give it one more night and spent a full day appreciating the Mongolian steppe and the fact that by driving South meant warmer temperatures.

The second night was still uncomfortably cold, but warm enough to allow some sleep and convince the doubters that we should stick to the plan.

Nearly another full days driving heading in to the Gobi and it was great watching the earth slowly getting dryer and dryer and the horses slowly getting phased out and replaced by Camels. We camped on the outskirts of the Gobi Dessert. It was an incredibly romantic camp spot, the baked red clay was perfectly flat and empty in every direction. Although the romance quickly disappears when having to answer the calls of nature a kilometre from the van behind an ankle high weed.

A short drive to Yolyn Am National Park where we did a very enjoyable days hiking spotting some Ibex and then moving on to our next camp spot and my favourite of the whole 20 days.

The spot was at the foot of a small hill overlooking a vast plain inhabitated by several nomadic families looking after their herds, and it was really nice making dinner and breakfast with such a nice view.

Next morning we set off for Hongoryn Els or the "singing sand dunes" to see some of the more iconic Gobi views. After seeing the dunes we were treated to something much more exciting our first shower of the trip as there was a camp nearby offering these facilities.

A day of seeing the Red mountain before staying at the destroyed Monastry of Ongi and then a full day of driving to reach the Nyman Nuur National Park.
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