Gobi-Altai Aimag is a land where the parched steppe grasslands of the Gobi meet the rocky landscape of the Altai Range. Gobi-Altai Aimag has an area of 141,400 square kilometers and an estimated population of 64.200 inhabitants. The administrative center is the town of Altai, situated on the Altai Range, at an altitude of 2,181 meters above sea level and 1,001 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar.
Shargiin Gobi Natural Reserve
The Shrgiin Gobi is one of two parts of the Natural Reserve of “Sharga Mankhanii Tal”. The reserve was created in 1994, in order to conserve the habitat of the Mongolian subspecies of the Saiga Antelope, a species listed in the “International Red Data Book”, and now widespread only here.
Eej Khairkhan Monument
The waterfall cascades from the peak of the Eej Khairkhan (2.275) meters and is famous for its beauty. The water flows through nine natural steps, each a pothole eroded in granite, 2 to 3 meters wide, rounded asnd 2 to 4 meters deep.
Oasis and Gobi Bear
Zakhuin Bayan Burd is a well-known oasis, which lies at the southern foot of the Mongol Altai Mountain Range. The Zarman Oasis on the eastern part of Zakhui. Here maybe you would meet “Mazaalai” – the Gobi Bear, a strictly protected species on the brink of extinction.
Dinosaurs and large mammals
Dinosaur skeletons have been found in Naranbulag, which lies in the Biger Depression. Saiga Antelope, Asiatic Wild Ass, Argali and Siberian Ibex live here. Also special plants such as Saxaul bushes (Haloxylon ammodendron), and Poplar trees (Populus diversifolia), also Elaeagnus moorcroftii, Tamarix and Sophora flavescens.
Grassed – over desert sand dunes
Mongol Els is a belt of vegetated sand dunes, which stretches over 330 kilometers from the Zavhkan river mouth, and covers an area of 2,274 square kilometers. This is one of the largest sand dune belt in Mongolia.
Mountain with eternal snow
Sutai Uul is a mountain with eternal snow, reaching 4,090 meters above sea level. The Zuiliin River takes its source from the permanent snow of Sutai Uul and falls into Lake of Tonkhil Nuur.
Canyon of Bugat Khavtsal
The canyon is so very narrow that two jeeps cannot get pass each other. On 1996 the Alag Khairkhan Uul Natural Reserve was declared to safeguard 36,400 hectares in Bugat Soum.