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Introducing Dundgov

Dundgov (middle Gobi) is something of a misnomer. The aimag would be best described ‘North Gobi’, as this area is the northernmost extent of the Gobi Desert. Lying just a few hours’ drive south of Ulaanbaatar, it’s also one of the most convenient Gobi regions to explore.

Dundgov’s allure lies in its mysterious rock formations, which mainly appear at two locations: Baga Gazryn Chuluu and Ikh Gazryn Chuluu. At both you’ll find large granite pinnacles and winding canyons that make for great hiking and climbing. The water that manages to collect in these areas can support some wildlife, including argali sheep and ibex.

If you are heading south, it’s worth visiting the ruined monastery Ongiin Khiid and the still-intact monastery at Erdenedalai en route.