Top Choice Dunes in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Khongoryn Els

Khongoryn Els are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as the Duut Mankhan (Singing Dunes – from the sound they make when the sand is moved by the wind), they are up to 300m hi…
Top Choice Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Yolyn Am Gorge

A pleasant 2km path leads from the parking area to this gorge filled with blue ice, one of the park's can't-miss sights. You can hike, bike or hire a horse and ride here. Along the way, you'll see herds of shaggy ya…
Top Choice Area in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Yolyn Am

Yolyn Am was originally established to conserve the region's bird life, but it’s now more famous for its dramatic rocky cliffs and narrow, heavily shaded canyons that allow sheets of blue-veined ice to survive well …
Top Choice Desert in Ömnögovi


The so-called Flaming Cliffs are a Gobi highlight and an important palaeontology site first excavated by Roy Chapman Andrews in 1922. Even if you are not a ‘dinophile’, the eerie beauty of the surrounding landscape …
Top Choice National Park in Ömnögovi

Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Gurvan Saikhan National Park (20,000 sq km) offers a wealth of sand dunes, canyons, dinosaur fossils and mountainous terrain. Desert wildlife includes argali sheep, ibexes and snow leopards. The most visited sights …
Rock Art in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Khavtsgait Petroglyphs

If you take the main route from Dalanzadgad to Khongoryn Els, keeping the mountains to your left as you go, you can stop and hunt the hills for this exceptional collection of petroglyphs dating from between 8000 BC …
Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Dugany Am

If you are headed from Yolyn Am to Khongoryn Els, an adventurous and rough alternative route takes you through the Dugany Am, a spectacular and narrow gorge barely wide enough to allow a jeep to pass through that ev…
Dunes in Bayanzag

Moltzog Els

The 5km stretch of 40ft-tall, sugary sand dunes that rises and falls in the desert 22km northeast of Bayanzag makes for some brief, breathless hikes and beautiful vistas. Worth a visit if you’re not planning to visi…
National Park in Ömnögovi

Small Gobi A Strictly Protected Area

On the border with China, the 18,392-sq-km Small Gobi A Strictly Protected Area includes dunes and saxaul forest, habitat that nurtures the endemic khulan (wild ass).
Nature Reserve in Gurvantes

Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve

The Tost Mountains are a rugged, rocky range that sheds shale, and sprouts with enough vegetation to look green in the spring. This 8163-sq-km portion of the Tost range was declared Mongolia's newest nature reserve …