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Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Khongor sand dunes

Gobi Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties of Gobi) National Park is situated in the west of the city of Dalanzadgad in Umnugobi province. The park was protected in 1965 for reserving the beautiful nature of Yolyn-Am of the East Saikhan Mountain. In 1993, by Parliament resolution No.83, its territory was extended by further including territories of Khongor's sand dune, as well as precious paleontological sites of Nemegt, Khermen Tsav, and Zulganai's River. It is comprised of 27 million hectares in area. The land of caves and mountains is 2,400-2,600 meters above sea level. The Khongor's sand dune is one of the Mongolian longest sand dunes and continues 180 kilometers from northwest into southeastern in Sevrei and Bayandalai soums of Omnogobi province. Zuunsaikhan, Dundsaikhan, Baruunsaikhan, Bayandalai, Zoolon, Sevrei and Nemegt of the Gobi-Altai mountain grows the special flower and plants. Southern cool plants and Central Asian dry plants are found in this mountains range.

The area is rich in Fauna. There are mountain sheep, goats, leopards, black-tailed marten of cliffs, lynx, wildcats, squirrels, white gazelles and other mammal animals.

Nature, history and cultural memory areas in the National Park:


Yolyn Am (Vulture Valley): is situated in east north part of Zuun Saikhan Mountain. This area has been main attraction of tourists for many decades. Very wide at the entrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. A spring two or three kilometers long winds its way through the defile and in July, freezing into a thick corridor of ice that stretches along a considerable distance.

Dungeneegyn Am: is located in southwestern part of Zuunsaikhan and Bayandalai soum. The area's length is 12 kilometers. There are cliff, canyon, caves and rivers. It is one of the tourist attractions. Tourists can see mountain sheep and mountain goat in here.

Khongor Sand Dunes: are the largest and most spectacular sand dunes situated in Sevrei soum. Also known as the "singing dunes", they are up to 800 m high, 20 km wide and about 100 km long. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongor, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.

BayanzagThere are many findings of archeology, remains of ancient city, monasteries, wreck, graves, burial-mound, cave paintings, petroglyphs, and stone figures. Khermen Tsav and Nemegt Mountain are home to world reknown discoveries of lizard of Cretaceous-era dinosaurs.

Moreover, 30 new findings such as ancient mammals, dinosaurs, tortoise and crocodile were found from 20 different areas such as Nemegt, Altan uul, Bugyn tsav, Khermen Tsav, Naranbulag, Ulaan Khongil, Tsagaan Khoshuu, Togrogyn Shiree, Unegen Khongil, Tsonj Shurguul, Ukhaa Tolgoi, Udan Sair and Gilbent.

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