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Distance: 1000 kilometers to Altai town from Ulaanbaatar

Duration: 2 hours by air, 15-25 hours by road

Gobi-Altai aimag is another transmission zone where the parched steppe of the Gobi meets the rocky landscape of the high Altai range. Gobi Altai mountain range, which is part of the Altai Mountain Range extends for about 700 kilometers, with an absolute height of 3,500 to 4,374 meters above the sea level an average altitude of 2,260 meters. Mt. Khasagt Khairkhan and Eej Khairkhan are inhabited by argali sheep, ibex, snow leopard and snow cock that are all listed as endangered in the Red Book of Mongolia. Shargyn Gobi Desert is home to world endangered species of saiga antelope. Gobi-Altai encompasses most of The Great Gobi Protected Area.



The Great Gobi Protected Area

Distance: 240 kilometers from Altai

Duration: 5-8 hours by road

The Great Gobi Protected Area, covering 5,3 million hectares is the largest natural reserve in Asia and the third largest in the world. Great Gobi reserve protects a largely undisturbed part of the vast Gobi desert, and provides a last refuge for representatives of the ancient terrestrial fauna of Central Asia. Scientists have identified 410 species of plants, 49 species of mammals, 15 reptiles and amphibians and over 150 bird species in the protected area territory. The protected area is divided into two ecologically distinct parts, the Southern Altai Gobi (“Gobi A”) and the Dzungarian Gobi (“Gobi B”) separated by some 300 kilometers.

Southern Altai Gobi

Distance: 240 kilometers from Altai

Duration: 5-8 hours by road

Flora and fauna typical of the deserts of Central Asia inhabit the vast plains, valleys and arid mountains in the Southern Altai Gobi. The area provides a last refuge for some of the rarest and most endangered species of world wildlife. The world’s only living desert bear-Gobi bear or Mazaalai (Ursus arctos), which scientists estimate that only about 30 are left, and Mongolia’s last wild Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrians) live in the Altai Gobi part of the Great Gobi Protected Area.

Dzungarian Gobi

Distance: 1400 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, 340 kilometers from Hovd town

Duration: 10-14 hours by road from Hovd town

The Dzungarian Gobi features small mountain ranges and massifs broken by wide valleys, rolling plains, outwashes and hummocks. Vegetation is more plentiful, owing to greater precipitation and very little of the area is covered by sand. The highest mountain of the Great Gobi Protected Area Mt. Atas standing at 2695 meters above sea level in the Dzungarian Gobi provides important habitat for the world’s largest remaining herds of wild ass (Equus hemionus) as well as herds of black-tailed gazelle (Gazelle subgutturosa). It was also the last refuge for the world’s only remaining truly wild horse, the Takhi (Equus Przewalskii), which is now being reintroduced in two areas of Mongolia from Western zoos.