Hard Journey to Mongolian South Gobi Desert

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Our camera broke down in Mongolian South Gobi.

We visited Khongor Sand Dune (Khongoryn Els). It is also known as “Singing Dunes” as it makes sound like a plane engine in a windy day. The journey to the “Singing Dunes” had been the toughest one since our travel. While Sean, Yiken and Yixi survived the 7 hours of off road bumpy ride in a four wheel drive, Tun Ling’s stomach changed position many times during the ride. She had no appetite for dinner and threw out just before sleep. However, she definitely felt better after throwing out. Next morning, we drove to the “Singing Dunes” and set foot on it. The Gobi wind was so strong and hard. The fine sand was moving and riding with the wind. As the wind was so strong, we did not spend much time at the dunes. We only managed to take a few pictures at the “Singing Dunes”. We suspected that could have been fatal for our dear camera.

We left the “Singing Dunes” and went back to the traditional ger to have lunch before continuing our bumpy journey to Eagle Valley (Yol Am) to see the ice canyon. This time, Tun Ling’s stomach feels better though not perfect. We only reached the entrance of Yol Am at 4.30 pm. From the entrance, we have to walk 4 km to see the magnificent ice canyon. Luckily, the sun only sets at 9.30 pm, so we thought that we still had time to walk 4 km to see the ice canyon. Less than 1 km into the walk, our camera shuts down by itself. Sean revived it and after a few more shots, our camera could not start at all. It was very windy as well and at one point, Yixi said that she was very cold and wanted to go home, so we decided to walk back to our car and return to Dalanzadgad. Actually we were all very tired from the two days of off road journey in the Gobi Desert.

The Gobi Desert is indeed very tough and harsh, we are very amazed by how the Mongolians can live in such an extreme environment. The land is so vast and we travelled many kilometers before we can see another ger. The Mongolians will move their gers to different places during winter and summer. According to the locals, it is easy to dismantle and set up a ger. We visited a local ger during our journey and we really salute them for their tenacity in living in Gobi Desert.

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