The Gobi Desert


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 on 2010-05-13 #places #desert #sand #camel #goat #nomad #ice #location #dunes #mongolia #yolii-am #ger #gobi #bayan-zag #galcier #khongoryn-els #airag


  1. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Amazing shots!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

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

  3. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    pure joy looking at this

  4. geltona
    geltona ·


  5. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    The ice gorge is breathtaking!

  6. azurblue
    azurblue ·

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

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Man this is so fantastic!

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


  9. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·


  10. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    outer space!

  11. myckyc
    myckyc ·

    great shots!

  12. stouf
    stouf ·

    Absolutely fantastic !!! Thanks for the gorgeous trip !

  13. annegreat
    annegreat ·

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

  14. rater
    rater ·

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

  15. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

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

  16. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Great location! My kind of trip! Lomo on!

  17. bensozia
    bensozia ·

    Cheers for the comments everyone, very much appreciated!

  18. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    фото манят )) место завораживает

  19. milkie
    milkie ·

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

  20. tveden
    tveden ·

    Man you got it going.

  21. lomoteddy
    lomoteddy ·

    really amazing album, and article, this is cool !

  22. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    oh wow!

  23. warning
    warning ·

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

  24. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    stunning shots! wish i could go there someday.

  25. alltheusernamearetaken
    alltheusernamearetaken ·

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

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