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Mongolia is one of the last truly wild places on earth. Over twice the size of Texas this land locked nation is the least densely populated country on earth offering limitless pure air, clear skies, fresh water rivers and rolling grasslands. Starting in 1206 AD, a tiny group of hardy Mongolians lead by Chinggis Khan conquered and maintained the largest land empire the world has ever seen. Today remnants of Mongolian culture can be seen stretching from Korea to Hungary. The clean environment is home to multitudes of wildlife such as antelope, horses, gazelles and Bactrian camels. Traditional nomadic families still follow the seasons and herds subsisting on animal husbandry. The Mongolians are a proud and friendly people happy to share their unique lifestyle of bygone eras with visitors.
Your Mongolia adventure starts in Ulaanbaatar, which translates to Red Hero in Mongolian. This city sitting at an elevation of 4,500 ft/1300 m is the coldest average temperature capital city on earth but enjoys pleasant weather during the tourist season from April through October. Half of Mongolia’s population lives in and around UB, and here you can tour functional Buddhist monasteries, excellent dinosaur fossils and the center of modern Mongolian government. Several fine hotels and restaurants can make your stay in the capital both comfortable and enjoyable.
Hustai National Park is surrounded by mountains, thick forests and lush meadows. It is home to the Przewalski endangered wild horse “Takhi” along with 60 other species of mammals and a vast range of plants. Hustai is also an excellent place for bird watching, horse riding, hiking and experiencing nomadic culture.
Next fly south to the Gobi Desert, the northernmost desert on earth. This unique ecological zone is home to diverse wildlife and amazing sand dunes and rock forms. Behold the Yol valley and Flaming Cliffs, incredible geological rock formations. Ride camels on some of the world’s largest sand dunes at Khongor and look for dinosaur fossils in one of the world’s richest deposits. Enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets and brightest nighttime stars of your life in the isolated and other worldly locale that is the Gobi.
Finish your tour in hinterlands of Ulaan Baatar in Terelj National Park which offers hiking, swimming, climbing and wild life watching opportunities. On the way, back to Ulaan Bataar, visit the 140-foot-tall chrome Statue of Chinggis Khan, the unifier of Mongols and conqueror of the known world.
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