20 beautiful pictures of life and landscapes in Mongolia

written by Nellie Huang
updated 11/7/2018
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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

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    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

    For more photographs by Nellie, see her travel blog. Copyright © 2015 for all images belongs to Nellie Huang. Compare flights, find tours, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.

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