Fly over vast steppe land to Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. The Gobi harbors sites of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th century. Explore the open landscapes dotted with hardy desert plants that serve as forage for wild Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep and goitered gazelle. This part of the Gobi is also home to golden eagles, saker falcons, jerboas (similar to kangaroo rats), many endemic reptiles and some of the Northern Hemisphere’s rarest mammals, such as the dhole, snow leopard, and Gobi bear.
Of note are the Flaming Cliffs, where Roy Chapman Andrews discovered a nest of dinosaur eggs in 1922; the shaded Yol Am canyon, where snow sometimes remains all year and hikers and indigenous species alike come to rest; and Khorgyn Els, called the “singing sands” by local inhabitants, the largest dunes in the Gobi Desert, stretching 11 miles in length and eight miles at their widest.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013