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Edge of the Gobi

Conor MacNeill on visiting a unique Mongolian landscape, where giant dunes roll up against fertile marshes

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MY AIM WAS TO REACH KHONGORYN

Els, an immense field of dunes. The name means 'singing sands', due to the sounds the wind makes as it whistles through them. After stocking-up on supplies in Dalanzadgad - the closest there is to a major city near the Gobi Desert - my driver and I headed through the steppe towards a valley between mountains. Els, an immense field of dunes. The name means 'singing sands', due to the sounds the wind makes as it whistles through them. After stocking-up on supplies in Dalanzadgad - the closest there is to a major city near the Gobi Desert - my driver and I headed through the steppe towards a valley between mountains. We discovered that torrential rain in recent days had caused flooding and destroyed much of the track to the Gobi. Finally we found some mud that seemed passable and after accelerating towards it and getting through sideways, my driver screamed with delight.

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