Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Journey to the Gobi Desert: Yolyn Am

Yolyn Am was part of our itinerary during our trip to the Gobi Desert. The area has a beautiful and rugged landscape that has one of the best sunrises I've seen. The longish road trip to it was worth it as well because of the views.


Exploring Yolyn Am




Our motley crew of would nomads were back on the road again. It takes hours across almost empty highways, barren wastelands and spectacular landscapes before we got to our next destination --- Yolyn Am.






As soon as we arrived, we hit the ground running and made our way through the valley.


Yolyn Am is part of the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. This area experiences very little rainfall, but can get really cold, hence the formation of a thick ice field. It wasn't the season yet when we visit, so the ice wasn't thick enough as I saw online. However, this didn't ruin my visit, because the landscape was spectacular even without the ice.



We followed the frozen stream into the valley. There were towering mountains surrounding it; we only saw one other group exploring when we went, which was a plus for me.


We walked up to a certain length and decided to return to the car because it was getting late.




We stayed in a tourist camp just outside the park. I could imagine the group of tourists staying in the area during peak season (in the summer), but fortunately there was no one else there other than our group.



The sunrises in Yolyn Am were some of the best I've seen. The unadulterated views of the mountains turning from a dark brown into a glistening orange, then a fiery red was a sight to behold.


As soon as I saw the light approach camp slowly, I ran up the nearest hill to get a good view of it.






After watching the magnificent sunrise, we ate breakfast and got ready to move on to our next destination.

Camping Around Mongolia

Yolyn Am was part of the camping trip I booked with UB Guesthouse from Ulaanbaatar. The trip costs US$55 per day which includes, transportation, fees, accommodation and food.



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