Mongolia – The Gobi Desert – Part 3

September 2015

When we finally left the White Stupa rock formations it was late afternoon and time to find a place to stay for the night. Hishka knew of a family that lived not far away who had a few extra gers to provide for travelers. It was but a short drive to their camp, and we stopped in at their main ger for some tea with camel’s milk before settling down for the night. Their herd of camels wandered pretty freely, but four young camels, only five months old, were tethered near the campsite.

Young Camels:

Our first stay in a Ger:

The sky was black velvet and diamonds throughout the night…I know, I went out and looked up at it several times. But by dawn the weather was beginning to change. Rain? In the Gobi Desert? By late afternoon it had been raining for several hours and our goal that day was to be a long hike in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park

The Wiki says:

“Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park (Mongolian: Говь гурван сайхан байгалийн цогцолбор газар, Gobi three beauties nature complex) is a national park in southern Mongolia. The park was established in 1993, and expanded to its current size in 2000. The park, at nearly 27,000 square kilometres, is the largest national park in Mongolia, stretching 380 km from east to west and 80 km from north to south.”

Luckily I was fully prepared with a gore-tex jacket and rain pants. They were necessary, but even the rain could not spoil the pleasure of hiking. Since it is such a popular destination, even in the rain there were several other groups of tourists attempting the wet walk…most were not properly prepared and turned back early. I hiked as far as I could and discovered a sign warning of thin ice. Beyond that the gorge narrowed to river rapids and I turned back. One forlorn looking horseman was crouched in the lee of a rock waiting for tired tourists to ask him for a ride back to the parking lot.

After the soggy hike we found another small ger camp near the entrance and spent the night there.

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