Photographer's Note


"The Gobi, which is about about 1,000 miles in extent from east to west and about about 600 miles from north to south, has a total area of 500,000 square miles. The Gobi is the world's largest cold winter desert, made up mostly of mountains, rocks, grasslands, salt flats and sand dunes."

Shown here, are camels taken early morning, at Khongoryn Els, or the 'singing' sandhills. (The wind makes a strange noise, when blowing the sand around.)

"These dunes are 20 km wide, and 100-450 km long, and up to 800 m high. Individual dunes reach heights of up to 30 m. Mongolia 's largest sand dunes."

I tried climbing them, but only made it 2/3 of the way up. I didn't want to have a heart attack with the nearest hospital 2 days away!

More info on the Gobi / Gurvansaikhan national park here:

This is a link to Wikipedia

The camels are 'Bactrian' or 2 humped, in contrast to the Dromedary or one humped camels, of West Asia & Australia. I was surprised to learn that most Mongolian camels are not wild, but domesticated, hence the enclosure & reins.

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