Vacations to Khongoryn Els, Mongolia

The Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park is a playground for adventurers planning a trip to Mongolia. It hosts some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and holds mesmerizing secrets of the Gobi Desert. At its heart, the Tolkienesque ice canyon of Yol Valley is magical, while the flaming cliffs of Bayanzag will make you believe you’re on Mars. However, neither of these spectacles are quite like the Khongoryn Els dunes.

The Khonhoryn Els are the largest and most spectacular dunes in all of Mongolia. Behemoths of the natural world, they stretch for well over 100 miles and can rise upwards of 800 meters. With granite mountains as a backdrop, Khongoryn Els has some of the most spellbinding views in the East.

In this land of ice canyons and flaming cliffs, Khongoryn Els also goes by another name – ‘Duut Mankhan’ or Singing Dunes. As the wind blows through this giant labyrinth of sand, it howls a haunting song that’s unlike anything you’ll have ever heard before. One of the best things you can do here is watching the evening sun sink below the sand to the wind’s eerie soundtrack.

Considering the sheer size of these dunes, it’s the perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to tick off a camel trek during their stay in Mongolia. And if you’re visiting in August, there’s a mini Nadaam Festival here. While it doesn’t come close to the one in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar, you’ll still be able to enjoy horse racing, wrestling, and copious amount of vodka.

Highlights

  • Explore the largest dunes in Mongolia

  • Listen to the landscape’s windy, haunting song

  • Take a camel ride across the dunes

  • Watch the sun set behind the sand

Alice
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