Asia East Asia Mongolia

Mini Gobi Desert

Stories and Photos from my wonderful Ger-stay with a Nomad family.

Destination 》Asia 》East Asia   》Mongolia

Year Visited: 2019 – July

I visited Mini Gobi Desert during my two weeks backpacking trip across Mongolia. After an incredible experience of the Naadam for few days, our guest-house in KharKhorin helped us arrange a home-stay with a Nomad family living near the Khogno Khan National Park (Mini Gobi desert). The Khogno Khan national park is a beautiful combination of sand, steppe and mountains.

Staying with a nomad family was one of the main highlights of our Mongolia trip, it was the best way to discover a bit about the centuries-old nomadic lifestyle and their culture. A day to day life as a Mongolian nomad is about survival and existence.

We stayed in a traditional Ger, a circular tent, that is pivotal in Mongolian culture. The Ger provides shelter and warmth for the vast majority of the Mongolian population.

Pictures below are from our stay at the Khogno Khan National Park.

Horses near the Khogno Khan National Park.
Our Ger-Stay, going to spend a night in one of those Ger
A Breathtaking view of our stay for a night
Each nomad family has few hundreds to thousands of sheep.
The Bactrian camels are native to Mongolia and Central Asia.
You can take a camel ride to visit Sand Dunes in nearby Mini Gobi Desert.
Mini Gobi Desert
My friend and I are enjoying came ride in the mini Gobi desert.
A wild Bactrian camel
The Khogno Khan mountains
In the evening, thousands of sheep and goats started coming back to the camp after spending a day out. I spent more than an hour or two, observing them going home. They are very social animals.
My noisy neighbors
Siblings love, practicing their fighting skills
This little lamb so cute and very curious, was keep staring at my camera.
The Bankhar Mongolian herding dog; my best buddy for 2 days, though he tried to chew on my camera. These extremely powerful dogs are known for their stealth and ability to deter nearly any type of predator.
The Rainbow, not that common sight in the desert.
The sunset was not that great because of clouds and mountains, but the after-glow was breathtaking.
Breathtaking sunset after-glow.
Breathtaking sunset after-glow.
Enjoying my breakfast with a stunning View
Inside view of the Ger.
The Golden Gobi beer in the mini Gobi Desert.

After experiencing a Nomad life at the home-stay in the Mini Gobi desert, we took a public bus to UlaanBaatar and caught another bus for Lake Khuvsgul.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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