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Gobi Desert

Things to do in Mongolia

The ‘Land of Blue Sky’, Mongolia is one of Asia’s last untouched wildernesses and home to the vast Gobi Desert. A trip into this arid landscape is one of the country's most rewarding things to do with a climb to the top of the Khongoryn Els dunes offering sweeping views of towering mounds of sand.

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.

  • Eagle Canyon, Gobi Desert

    The Eagle Canyon Excursion

    Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

    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.

  • Mongolian children

    Nomadic Family Visit

    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.

  • Zaisan Memorial, Ulaan Baatar

    National Museum of Mongolian History

    Ulaan Baatar

    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.

  • Bayanzag, Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

    The Flaming Cliffs Excursion

    The Gobi Desert

    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.

  • Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    Terelj National Park

    Ulaan Baatar

    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.

  • Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

    The Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan

    Ulaan Baatar

    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.

  • Khongoryn Els, Gobi Desert, Mongolia

    The Dunes of Khongoryn Els

    The Gobi Desert

    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.

  • Gandan Monastery, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

    Ulaan Bataar City Tour

    Ulaan Baatar

    The introductory city tour of Ulaan Baatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city.