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Silk Road and Dinosaur Eggs...

The junction of the Silk Road, China's springboard into space, is the Gobi Desert. It has written history and yet is still today in many areas a "Terra Incognita", an unknown world. From Marco Polo to Sven Hedin, everyone reported on the Gobi and were ultimately addicted to her. Many of us associate this desert with a mystical idea. The Gobi is the largest desert in Asia. No tourist can imagine a trip to Mongolia without visiting this desert. Strictly speaking, the Mongolian part of the Gobi is only the edge of the Gobi. The central part is located in China in the autonomous area of Inner Mongolia. But nevertheless, even this northern part is impressive. That the Gobi was once completely different a long time ago - green, full of grass and water - is reminded by the numerous dinosaur finds. These giant lizards populated the Gobi region millions of years ago. Different theories try to explain their extinction. It is a fact that their petrified remains can easily be found in the Gobi.

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Of vultures and sheep...

The Gobi is home to some rare animal species. The Gobi bear (Ursus gobiensis), the Argali sheep and further south the snow leopard can be found in its natural habitat. The Przewalskij horse, which is considered to be the primordial horse or a tribe species of the current horses, is being reintroduced in an international project in the south-western tip, after only a few specimens have survived in European zoos. The main means of transport in remote areas is still the camel. Without these two-humped water-saving wonders, it would not have been possible to colonise the Gobi at all. In more or less large herds, these animals stand unimpressed by the heat in the vastness of the desert. Furthermore the wild ass (Equus hemionus) and the wild camel occur in the Gobi. The Saxaul tree ( Haloxylon ammodendron ), which only occurs in the Gobi and rather reminds of a Bonsai, can still be found at different points in larger populations. This extremely slow-growing shrub is rock-hard and the tree is optimally adapted to the arid conditions of the Gobi. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

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Landscape that is not monotonous...

The main attraction within the Gobi is the Jolyn Am with its high ice layers, which are created here in winter by a small river and are still present well into the summer. These include the singing dunes (Chongoryn Els), a sand dune many hundreds of kilometres long, the Flaming Cliffs (Bajandsag), a rugged rock formation that changes into a flaming red in the light of the setting sun. The first petrified dinosaur bones were found in the Gobi. A little further south is the Nemengt mountain range with a very impressive canyon created by wind and water erosion.

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Dinosaurs and rock drawings...

The south of Mongolia is dominated by the unique landscape of the Gobi Desert. The germ cell of the Mongolian empire, the junction of the Silk Road, China's stepping stone into space - The Gobi Desert has made history, yet in many areas it is still a Terra Incognita, an unknown world.

The dimensions of the Gobi Desert are gigantic. The desert is around 2,000 kilometres long and up to 1,000 kilometres wide, stretching from Ulan Bator in the north to the Kunlun Shan Mountains in the south, from the foothills of Tien Shan in the west to Manchuria in the east. This makes it the second largest desert in the world after the Sahara.

Due to its altitude, the Gobi is a cold desert and therefore cannot be compared to the Sahara or other deserts. However, the desert lover will find parallels in view of the endless, almost uninhabited expanses, the unique sand dunes and rugged rock formations. Once you have experienced the clear starlit nights in the Gobi, you won't forget them so quickly. This tour leads without detours directly into the Gobi up to almost the Chinese border. The tour plan also leads you to the discovery sites of dinosaur bones and offers you the opportunity to get to know the way of life of the nomads in the Gobi. Dinosaur finds, are not the only witnesses in this region, which point out that the Gobi were once rich in vegetation. At different places on this trip they will find untouched rock drawings. For example at the Tevish Uul (Uul = mountain), or in the rock labyrinth of Bichigt Khad, where there are the oldest and best preserved rock drawings.

The trip to the difficult to reach, meltwater formed canyon at the edge of the Nemengt Mountains is one of the highlights of this tour. Wind and sand gave the canyon its final polish. Hiking in the extensive canyon system is simply fascinating and once you have found your first "dinosaur bones", the "research drive" will not let you go. The area around the Nemengt Mountains is very sparsely populated. Here you will hardly find any nomads. From Nemengt it goes over little frequented runways again into the northern part.

The Gobi Journey will also give enough time to get in touch with the life of the nomads in the Gobi. You will experience the hospitality of these very scattered people. Our guides, but also the drivers who often have "relatives" in the Gobi will invite you and in a few moments you will be captivated by the friendliness of these people.

People's lives are determined by nature and its rhythm. The camel is still the most reliable means of transport in the Gobi, supplying wool and meat. During our visits to the nomads, you will experience how the needs of these animals determine life. Memories of the film "The Weeping Camel" will be awakened. This tour leads into very uninhabited areas of the Gobi and the tour in wide areas of expedition character.

We have completely reworked this tour and put even more emphasis on experiencing the desert. This tour connects all interesting points of the Mongolian Gobi and gives a deep insight into the nomadic life in the Gobi. This tour can alternatively be booked with a camel ride of 3 days if the program is changed.

This trip can also be booked individually under the Steppenfuchs Reisen private program. An individual round trip to your dates. Send us an I...@mongolei.com if you would like to participate in this round trip under the Steppenfuchs Reisen private conditions?

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