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The coldest I’ve ever been and the nicest goat I’ve ever eaten.

The Gobi lies on the border between Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China and spans 500,000 square miles. Its terrain can vary from towering sand dunes and flaming red cliff faces to jagged, mountainous valleys and flat Martian landscapes that go on in every direction for as far as the eye can see.

It’s home to the Khongoryn Els sand dunes some of the biggest in the world, reaching three hundred metres in height. The dunes are a thin belt of sand 100km long and only a few kilometres across.

Sitting on top of this mountain of sand at 5am I only had one thought going through my head. ”This looked exactly the same a million years ago.” Dinner that day was freshly slaughtered goat cooked with hot stones, followed by airag (fermented mare’s milk) in the family ger (nomadic tent).

Only half a day’s drive away is the Yolii Am ice gorge, a rocky valley that houses a permanent, winding tongue of ice. (…And is where I almost slipped off into hypothermia one night camped out under the stars…).

The Gobi is extreme, beautiful…and big.

written by bensozia

25 comments

  1. kylewis

    kylewis

    Amazing shots!

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  2. vicuna

    vicuna

    Wow, what a place! the shots are beautiful and this desert is on my travel wish list for some time now... :)

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  3. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    pure joy looking at this

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  4. geltona

    geltona

    Beautiful!

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  5. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    The ice gorge is breathtaking!

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  6. azurblue

    azurblue

    Wow ! Impressive ! What a great serie of photographs ! Thanks for sharing !

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  7. dogma

    dogma

    Man this is so fantastic!

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  8. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    WOW SUPERLOCATION

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  9. u-t-e

    u-t-e

    Beautiful!!!!

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  10. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    outer space!

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  11. myckyc

    myckyc

    great shots! buhanki))
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  12. stouf

    stouf

    Absolutely fantastic !!! Thanks for the gorgeous trip !

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  13. annegreat

    annegreat

    This deserves to be location of the week. Absolutely amazing pictures!

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  14. rater

    rater

    Bensozia, your photos are amazing, I dream of Mongolia right now! Someone give this guy the Location of the Week!

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  15. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    after @stouf's arctic - it's just the next location of the year!

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  16. saidseni

    saidseni

    Great location! My kind of trip! Lomo on!

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  17. bensozia

    bensozia

    Cheers for the comments everyone, very much appreciated!

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  18. life_on_mars

    life_on_mars

    фото манят )) место завораживает

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  19. milkie

    milkie

    Wow, one of the most beautiful locations, amazing pictures, almost supernatural!

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  20. tveden

    tveden

    Man you got it going.

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  21. lomoteddy

    lomoteddy

    really amazing album, and article, this is cool !

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  22. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    oh wow!

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  23. warning

    warning

    wow Ben, i love it!. Your location is.... buahhhh. I´m agree with rater.

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  24. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    stunning shots! wish i could go there someday.

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  25. alltheusernamearetaken

    very inspirational, makes me want to drop everything and go on an adventure.
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