Visit Guide to Khongoryn Els

Making up part of one the world’s most captivating deserts are these colossal dunes found in the deep south of Gobi’s Gurvan Saikhan National Park. ‘Epic’ doesn’t come close to capturing the immensity of these 300m high sand dunes that span in excess of 100km long. As well as witnessing their changing colours during the day, you can experience the natural phenomenon of its Singing Sands, too.

Getting There

The dunes are situated around 180km from Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugovi region. To get to Dalanzadgad from Ulaanbaatar it’s around 550km by bus (a journey of approximately nine hours). Once in Dalanzadgad, the dunes can be reached by hiring a vehicle or joining a tour.

What to Expect

Covering an area of 965 square kilometres and stretching for 100km, Khongoryn Els are both Mongolia’s largest and tallest sand dunes. They’re spectacular from afar but there’s nothing like getting up close. Also known as the Singing Dunes (Duut Mankhan), the dunes emit a loud rumbling noise from when the sand is shifted by the wind. Here you can arrange camel treks with local herders, which offer a memorable way to experience the dunes, particularly at sunset.


Near the dunes are the Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, dating between 8000 BC and 3000 BC.

Facilities Available

There are no facilities here but local herders can assist with desert safaris which will include camping and meals.

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