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ELSEN TASARKHAI

This sand dune covers about 80 km area locating in territory of Erdenesant soum of Tuv province, Burd soum of Uvurkhangai province and Gurvanbulag soum of Bulgan province. This sand dune is divided by main road. The south side of the dune is named Mongol els or Mongol Sand and the north side is called Khugnu-Tarna els or Khugnu-Tarna sand. Due to Tarna River, there grow bush and ulmus on the dune.

Travel tips:

  • Here, you will ride a camel. We suggest you following tips for riding a camel.
  • Walk to the side of your camel, don’t stand in front as camels can nibble, sneeze or blow a big bubble of foam from their mouths.
  • Make sure of wearing long trousers, socks and closed shoes. You can also put your trousers inside your socks. Don’t forget your hat, scarf, sunglasses and solar cream!
  • Sitting on a camel (and dismounting) is probably the most impressive moment. You sit between the two humps while the camel is crouching (this is not a big deal). Then the camel gets back on its feet extending first its back legs (which will make you overbalance forward), then its front legs (and you’ll overbalance backwards). So you must be careful and hold your belongings (your camera notably).
  • The saddle is composed of a carpet and stirrups. You sit between the camel’s humps. The camel is wide, and it’s not unusual to have aches inside the thighs during the hike or at the end of it. A cream or a painkiller can be useful.
  • The pace of the hike is quite slow. A local guide may hold your camel with a lunge. Even if the camel is a quiet animal and if it’s difficult to make it trot along, it might be carried away. So you must stay attentive during the whole hike and not have a risky behavior that could frighten the animals.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable, your camel could feel it and it could make it nervous. So firmly hold the reins and show the animal that you’re self-confident; this will calm it. Properly sit, you will also avoid to fall.