A journey into the unknown Gobi, far away from the tourist streams to the unique Gobi oases and into the habitat of the Mazaalai (Gobi bear). A trip for the desert lover and expeditionary traveler.
This trip focuses exclusively on the region between the Altai foothills and the Gobi, the so-called “Trans-Altai-Gobi Region”. We deliberately skip the typical Mongolian sightseeing to allow more time for this region and for wildlife viewing. This region is famous for its oases and contains some remote sections with several national parks.
The dimensions of the Gobi Desert are gigantic. About 2,000 kilometers long and up to 1,000 kilometers wide, the desert stretches from Ulan Bator in the north to the Kunlun Shan Mountains in the south, from the foothills of the Tien Shan in the west to Manchuria in the east. For a long time, the exact demarcation was only vaguely defined, and it still is today. The Gobi is thus considered the second largest desert on earth after the Sahara.
The habitat of the Gobi bear is unusual and unique in the world. Brown bears are actually found in large forest areas and not isolated in the desert of the Transaltai Gobi in the south-western tip of Mongolia on the border with China. The region has been declared a strictly protected nature reserve.
Because of the lack of water and the inhospitable landscape, the area is almost deserted. Even the frugal goats hardly find enough food to survive in this area. Only some oasis areas and the outskirts are populated.
In the southern part of the Gobi almost at the Chinese border there are some Gobi oases. The largest and also managed oasis is Echin Gol. All other oases are managed only temporarily. The majority of them are lonely and difficult to reach. The optimal retreat for the Gobi bear.
This trip will also give you enough time to get in touch with the life of the nomads in the Gobi. You will be able to experience the hospitality of these very scattered nomads. The life of these people is determined by nature and its rhythm. The camel is still the most reliable means of transportation, wool and meat supplier in the Gobi.
This area in Mongolia is very little discovered by tourism and offers long distances, deep insights into the original nomadic culture.