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The great Gobi Desert stretches across much of southern Mongolia and its border with neighbouring China, and ranges from the towering sand dunes at Khongoryn Els to more forgiving terrain home to ibex, camel and the rare Gobi bear.

Across this sparsely populated region great herds of dinosaurs once roamed, and some of the world’s best-preserved fossil remains were discovered in the region at the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag.

Yolyn Am Canyon

Yolyn Am Canyon, GobiAlso nearby is the extraordinary Yolyn Am Canyon, a series of gorges so sheer that thick ice remains in their depths throughout the scorching summer months. The area has regular flight connections with the capital or can be visited as part of an overland journey to Karakorum and beyond.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Gobi Desert

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Gobi Desert, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Gobi Desert

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near the Gobi Desert

    Accommodation choices for the Gobi Desert

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Gobi Desert. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Three Camel Lodge, Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

      Three Camel Lodge

      Simple

      Three Camel Lodge represents the finest accommodation available in the Gobi region. The camp's 30 ger tents are well laid out, with good interiors and comfortable beds.

    Ideas for experiencing the Gobi Desert

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Gobi Desert, and which use the best local guides.

    • 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.

    • 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.