Winter Camel Trekking in the Gobi – An Adventure True to Local Traditions

Winter Camel Trekking in the Gobi is a traditional adventure that is a great choice for those looking for an authentic travel experience and are in for some adventure. It blends cultural and landscape experiences with a unique adventure travel experience.

Camel Trekking in Winter in the Gobi Desert with Mongolian Bactrian Camels

Yes, Mongolian winters have a bad reputation and tend to be extremely harsh. And you right: it's cold, downright freezing, but that's part of what makes Mongolia and its landscapes so special at this time of year. Winter is a quintessential Mongolian season and an unforgettable experience, as it demonstrates Mongolians' adaptability and ability to function in a changing (and challenging) world.

Winter camel trekking in the Gobi reveals and gives you a great insight into the lives of nomadic herders who have inhabited these desert environments for centuries. You'll know and gain more knowledge about Bactrian camels, which have two humps and have adapted well to this harsh climate, and you'll enjoy the slow speed of desert travel as our small caravan moves along. You take in the Gobi's vast and varied landscape and search for wildlife in the canyons and plains we pass through.

You will be fascinated by the incredible night sky as you observe the desert winter, which is normally quiet and with blue skies.

Despite the fact that the Gobi has milder winters compared to the rest of Mongolia, this is always considered a winter adventure – in the world's coldest desert! Warm clothing and boots are essential.

Camel Trekking in Winter in the Gobi Desert with Mongolian Bactrian Camels

In the winter, Bactrian Camels are at their best! They're wrapped in warm fur, which protects them from the cold. They graze on the stony and sandy land, which has sparse vegetation of shrubs and small plants. Their feet are padded like large cushions, and you'll quickly recognize the distinctive foot prints in the sand that we leave behind.

The traditional camel saddle is made of woolen carpet and painted with bright colors. It takes a few days to get used to, just like any other form of riding. It can be very relaxing up there once you've found your seat between the two cozy winter humps of the camel. It's a lot higher than riding a horse.

Camels enjoy the wide-open spaces of their desert habitat, and traveling in a herd on the plains is a slow, steady, and relaxing experience.

It would be best for you to arrive in camp early because the days are short during our winter desert treks. 

Trekking in The Gobi Weather

Trekking in The Gobi On Camel Back and Foot

Traveling through Mongolia's Gobi is always an adventure, with good chances of seeing animals, passing through breathtaking scenery, and dealing with a harsh environment. The Gobi is the world's coldest desert, with significant temperature variations between summer and winter extremes. The average temperature in the South Gobi is about – 15 degrees Celsius (about 6 degrees Fahrenheit) in January, and about 21 degrees Celsius (or 70 degrees Fahrenheit) in July. 

These are averages; there can be extremely hot summer days, well above 30 degrees Celsius and into the 40s (and into the 90s Fahrenheit and above 100), as well as extremely cold winter days, well below – 20 degrees Celsius (below – 4 degrees Fahrenheit). May is a good month to fly because of the moderate temperatures, but there is a wide variety of weather to consider. The biggest obstacle for Gobi travelers is high wind speeds, rather than temperature extremes. However, there are a few days of calm with beautiful sunshine.

Higher winds during camel trekking in Mongolia's Gobi aren't a concern when hiking, but they're a major challenge when camping. When setting up camp, you will need to seek cover from the winds, and you can go lower to find a location covered by a narrow bluff over a river bed rather than in the foothills of the Western Beauty Mountains.

The Diversity of Landscapes and Significant Dinosaur Sites of the Mongolian Gobi Desert

Most first-time tourists to Mongolia's Gobi are taken aback by the range of landforms they experience. Yes, there are large sand dunes in the Gobi, such as the "Khongoryn Els," also known as the "Singing Sands," a complex of dunes in South Gobi province that stretches for around 180 kilometers. Several other iconic Mongolian Gobi sites reflect landscapes most people equate with deserts.

"Baynzag," also known as the "Flaming Cliffs," is Mongolia's most well-known dinosaur site.

Trekking in The Gobi – On Camel Back and Foot

It's a good advantage of camel trekking that you can get off and walk for a while without drastically slowing down the caravan. Of course, camels can travel quicker, but walking can also give you a unique experience, However, camel trekking in Mongolia's Gobi is usually slower than a horseback expedition with riding and pack horses, and allows for trekking on foot – whether to give the camel a rest, to be safer when a camel becomes wary of imagined predators, or simply to enjoy walking through a serene landscape.

Mongolian Camels

Mongolian camels are highly adaptable to drastic temperature changes ranging from +40°F to -40°F, and when well nourished, they can go weeks without eating or drinking. They have a remarkable capacity to go months without drinking water. When water is available, however, they can consume up to 60 liters at a time. Their humps act as fat energy reserves. Their humps are plump and erect at the end of the summer, but as resources dwindle, they shorten and lean to the sides. The camel, which has been modified for desert conditions, can hold 200 kg on long journeys.

Bactrian camels enable nomads to carry heavy loads across deserts and into other harsh environments. Mongolians value camel fur, drink camel milk, and make cheese from it, in addition to the camel's significance as a mode of transportation.

Lately, efforts are being made to stop these camels from extinction as this is a rare breed and treasured by Mongolians.