Travel writer and photographer Nellie Huang shares her best pictures of vast and beautiful Mongolia.
Mongolia. Its name alone evokes a sense of mystery. Even in today’s highly connected world, this distant land remains relatively remote, far-flung and largely unexplored.
Traditional Mongolian gers (tents) dot the vast steppes while sand dunes rise from empty deserts and snowcapped mountains loom over lush green grasslands. Every turn on the road reveals a different landscape.
As a travel writer, I’ve visited more than ninety countries on all seven continents. Few have come close to Mongolia in terms of natural beauty. It is a special place, especially for those who love nature and wilderness.
On my recent trip to Mongolia, I spent two weeks traversing the country, from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the steppes of the Dundgovi Province region. I explored the sand dunes of Khongoriin Els in the south and made a loop to the Tsenger hot springs area and Hustai National Park. Here are 20 of my best images of Mongolia.
A Gobi camel
A wild horse grazes in Hustai National Park
The view from the Great Imperial Map monument, Karakorum
A stupa at Erdene Zuu Monastery
The steppes of Bag Gazariin Chuluu
The golden sands of the Gobi Desert
The 108 stupas that surround Erdene Zuu Monastery
The Khongoriin Els sand dunes, Gobi Desert
Off-road in the Yolyn Am Valley
The Buddhist monastery of Ongiin Khiid
Sunset in the northern grasslands
Jurts of a nomad family at sunset, Mongolia © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock
Rugged terrain surrounding Ongiin Khiid
Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Nomadic families live in traditional gers on the steppes of Mongolia
A farmer on horseback herds his goats
Driving to Yolyn Am Valley, Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
Bayanzag or "Flaming Cliffs", where the first discovery of dinosaur eggs was made
A river that snakes around Ongiin Khiid
A nomadic Mongolian in Tsenger
A lake outside of Karakorum
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