Gobi B (Dzungarian Gobi)
Although the majority of this 881,000-hectare park lies in neighbouring Khovd aimag, the Gov-Altai side contains the Takhiin Tal Research Station, which has been set up to protect the reintroduced takhi (Przewalski’s horse). Most of the takhi now run free, although a few still live in enclosures near the research station, which is about 15km southwest of Bij village.
Eej Khairkhan Nature Reserve
Near the base of the Eej Khairkhan Uul (2275m), part of the Eej Khairkhan Nature Reserve just north of ‘Gobi A’ National Park, you can camp at some delightful rock pools and explore the nearby caves. You will need a guide to show you around. Almost no suitable drinking water is available in the area, so take your own.
A locally revered mountain, Sutai Uul (4090m) is a relatively easy climb that offers good views of the surrounding Gobi. You can drive to the base of the mountain from Tonkhil in Gov-Altai or Tsetseg village in Khovd. From the base it’s a two-hour walk to the top, where you’ll find permanent snow cover.