GOBI DESERT

There are few places on earth that evoke more mystery and adventure than the Gobi Desert. The Gobi lies between the Himalayan Plateau and the grasslands of Mongolia. It thus straddles the China-Mongolia border.

The country of Mongolia was once called Outer Mongolia – while China’s Gobi is still known as Inner Mongolia. “Gobi” is a Mongol word meaning “waterless place”.

The birthplace of Genghis Khan, this remote and unexplored region, land of contrast where temperatures rise from -40°C in winter to 40°C in July and August, is legendary home to the tall Boro dunes (which are almost 100m high!) which only cover 3% of the surface area of the Gobi Desert. 

You won't come across many people other than some nomads on their Bactrian camels.