Yolyn Am , 'The Vulture's Mouth', commonly called Eagle Canyon by travellers, is a striking gorge in the deep desert, remarkable for the microclimate that its formation creates.
Things to do in Mongolia
Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Flaming Cliffs of Byanazag, the world's largest dinosaur graveyard, or explore the striking Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan in the capital, Ulaan Bataar. Finally, spend some time with a nomadic family to experience local life and spend a night in a ger, Mongolia’s traditional accommodation.
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Ideas for experiencing Mongolia
Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Mongolia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.
Pay a visit to a family of nomads, people who's way of life has changed remarkably little over the past centuries. These people follow the traditions and practices that have been in place since before the time of Genghis Khan.
The Museum of National History has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Chinggis Khaan's empire-building.
At Byanzag, it is the landscape which is most impressive - an intense evocation of Mongolia's great emptiness. Conditions and inclination permitting, you can visit Byanzag in Mongolian fashion - on the back of a camel.
The imposing cliffs and gentle valleys of Terelj are a wilderness refuge within reach of Ulaan Baatar. The forested slopes are home to moose and brown bear; the skies are filled with the silhouettes of hunting birds; the pure headwaters of the Tuul River abound with whitefish and the Taimen, Mongolia's indigenous salmon.
The Bogd Khaan Museum consists of a two-storey winter house built for the Mongol ruler by Tsar Nicolas the Second of Russia, as well as a series of temples. Peaceful and serene, it is pleasant to wander round.
The range of dunes stretches as far as the eye can see - your driver will take you to the base of the formation, from where you can take photographs, stroll among the horses and camels in the green stream-valley.
The introductory city tour of Ulaan Baatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city.