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Introducing Ömnögov

Ömnögov (southern Gobi) is the largest aimag in Mongolia, and has a population density of only 0.3 people per square kilometre. With an average annual precipitation of only 130mm a year, and summer temperatures reaching an average of 38°C, this is the driest, hottest and harshest region in the entire country; it’s not hard to see why humans prefer to live elsewhere.

Tourism is an important business in the region and there are plenty of ger camps throughout the aimag. Far more important, however, is the mining industry (legend has it that the aimag governor passes out business cards printed with gold dust), and in particular the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold deposit in Khanbogd sum.