Today I’m featuring a photograph from Gobi Desert taken by Jordan Bryant from Tiki Touring Kiwi Blog.
Jordan is a Kiwi who has been living and working abroad since graduating from University back in 2011.
Photo Story: Gobi Desert Story
If you think of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert you think of sweltering heat, the sand stretching for miles, wild animals, yurts, and very few people.
To say we were surprised arriving at the snowy capital of Ulaanbaatar is an understatement. It turns out Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world.
The desert doesn’t escape the cold either, temperatures dropping to as low as – 40 degree Celsius in the winter and stifling 40 degrees (Celsius) temperatures in the summer.
We had arrived after the worst of winter was over and before the constant heat of summer so were told to go and buy gear to ensure you are ready.
Driving all day the next day we were hoping for no snow. It was so awesome to be warm after the freeze of the day before. No snow in sight.
We didn’t see much all day besides a variety of domestic and wild goats and camels as well the odd yurt.
Arriving at our yurt, our accommodation for the night was perfect and providing the view you see in brochures.
Our nomadic host had just rounded up his herds for the day (they let them roam freely during the day) and parked up his motorbike to prepare our room for the night.
Little did we know, the temperatures plummet in the evening and he was preparing a fire inside, using manure for fuel, to keep us warm overnight.
The Gobi Desert looks so harmless, yet don’t let the innocent look fool you. Surviving in this desert isn’t easy, these nomads will quickly earn your full respect!
The Gobi Desert is a large desert region in Asia.
It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia.
The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast.
The Gobi is notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.
The Gobi is a rain shadow desert, formed by the Tibetan Plateau blocking precipitation from the Indian Ocean reaching the Gobi territory.
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