Dundgovi (Дундговь; middle Gobi) is something of a misnomer. The aimag would be best described as ‘northern 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.
Dundgovi’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 fantastic hiking and bouldering. The water that manages to collect in these areas supports wildlife such as argali sheep and ibexes.