Stretching across borders and altering preconceptions, the Gobi Desert is as diverse in its offerings as it is large in size. Over 1.3 million square kilometres of intense beauty and barren landscapes occupy the southern region of Mongolia, and a substantial part of Central China. The image of iconic two-humped camels wandering at the foot of enormous sand dunes is synonymous with Mongolia. Travelling through the country without visiting the area would be a crying shame. Naturally, we were aching to take part in a Gobi Desert tour to see the place for ourselves.
While we usually prefer doing things independently, the Gobi Desert is a region that is best explored as part of a tour. There are countless tour operators in Mongolia than can run trips to the Gobi Desert, but we decided to team up with the sustainable tour company Selena Travel for your journey. We have a strict personal rule of only using companies that practice responsible tourism, and after a bunch of research it became obvious that Selena Travel was really trying to be the leader in their field. Locally-owned and run, and contributing to environment conservation, they are setting the standard for sustainability in Mongolia. Not only that but they provide a high quality of service and strive to meet all customer’s needs and wants throughout the trip. A wonderful experience that was hard to fault.
The Gobi Desert is a place of superlatives, and as with most places in Mongolia the photos do not do the place justice. Still we shall try, and here is our photo journal from our Gobi Desert Tour.
Our Gobi Desert tour and the experiences during it were made possible with the support of Selena Travel. All thoughts and opinions are, of course, our own.
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4 thoughts on “Photo Journal Of Our Gobi Desert Tour”
Trying to plan my own trip to the Gobi right now and this post makes it look awesome! Just a shame it is so tough to do without a tour (like you, I prefer to travel independently). Hope my photos turn out as good as yours!
Hi Ailish, How was your trip? What was your highlight?
Sorry for the late reply. I know what you mean. We prefer to travel independently also but unfortunately this place is difficult to do so and if you try and will fall in trouble. When we were there a couple tried renting motorbikes and going out on their own. They got lost and nearly died. Lucky for them some locals found them and their bikes and helped them. You can meet others at hostels and rent a driver for the period of time. That works out cheaper (you may have done this). Happy travels and we hope you loved Mongolia as much as us. Take care.
Good work capturing the essence of the Gobi Desert in your excellent photos Lesh. Now that I’m finally slowly but surely getting my teeth into blogging it’s great to have your site to refer to for guidance and ideas about how a good blog site should look, but I’ve got a long way to catch you up……but it doesn’t seem that long ago when I was in that hotel room in Mandalay with you, and the backpacking tyrannosaurus was still an innocuous embryo ; )
Thanks so much Duncan! It was your photography guidance in Myanmar that put us on the right path. 😉