Yol Valley

Yol is a splendid gorge found in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (since 1965). The national park is a home for many wild animals such as the Siberian ibexes, Argali, snow leopards, lynxes, foxes, wolves, and especially the Lammergeiers. The gorge is named after by an old vulture called Yol (in Mongolian) or Lammergieier (in English).  Yol is the highest flying (4000m), and yet one of the biggest birds in Mongolia with a wingspan of 2-2,5 m. At an elevation of 2200 meters above sea level, Yol features sheer cliffs rich in juniper as well as a pure stream that freezes in winter and forms a huge ice field like a glacier. The formation of ice starts around December and would stay as ice the whole year around. Unfortunately, the ice usually disappears by the end of July nowadays, due to the global warming. It is an ideal place for horse riding, trekking, and bird watching.

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