Duniart – Photography and Blog by Toine IJsseldijk

Yoliin Am

Mongolia, June – July 2019
Today we’d drive further south to Yoliin Am, known as “Valley of the Vultures”, a deep and narrow canyon in the mountains of south of Mongolia, named after the Lammergeir vulture, called Yol in Mongolian.
The area is part of the Gobi Desert and sees little rain. However, Yoliin Am is famous for a deep ice field, reaching several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long. In the past the ice remained year round, but nowadays the ice field tends to disappear by September.
Next stop: the Gobi Desert!
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