Mongolian Camels Explained

Camel trekking trips on Mongolian camels in the Gobi Desert are very popular, but what is like to actually ride a Mongolian camel?

Most people ride on a camel for fun and also to explore and photograph the vast landscape of Mongolia.

But is it fun or painful? There are a few things you need to understand

Mongolian camels are large, two-humped animals belonging to the Bactrian camel species.

Mongolian camels are large, two-humped animals belonging to the Bactrian camel species.

Understand Mongolian Camels

  • The average Mongolian camel is much wider than the average horse meaning that one's legs are spread further apart.
  • Mongolian camels are two-humped Bactrians so most people find the sitting position usually comfortable, but if you are a short a person you may find the broad back a little uncomfortable.
  • But after time, if your butt starts to ache, you can always opt to ride in the back-up tour van always available for organised group tours.
  • There are always saddles and stirrups provided, but you will only get a thin blanket, which means your butt is in close contact with the camel’s bony spine.
  • For some people this can limit their riding to a couple of hours while others will survive the full 8-hour trip though you will feel very stiff and sore by the time you finish.
  • There is a leading guide and the rest of your group follows. The camel trip terrain is always pretty smooth.
Mongolian camels are large, two-humped animals belonging to the Bactrian camel species.

Mongolian camels are large, two-humped animals belonging to the Bactrian camel species.

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Meet the camel herders in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia

The Gobi Desert makes for one of the main reasons to visit Mongolia.  The desert lives up to all the mystery, love, adventure and unique lifestyle a person could imagine.

We love the Khongor Dunes, which rise hundreds of metres high and stretch in a band for more than 150 km.  You definitely should not miss a camel riding trip here and visit the local herders in the traditional gers (Mongolian word for yurts) and experience the culture

Camel photography 

  • The view while riding on a camel is amazing and the photography opportunities are just stunning. The journey is slow-paced so you can manage some elevated shots of the landscapes from the camel back.

The “Thousand Camel Festival” in Mongolia. 

  • If you get chance, go to the “The Thousand camels Festival” which honours and celebrates the jewel of Gobi-Bactrian camels.
  • The festival happens at the beginning of March every year and it is a great chance to see camel competitions, such as camel parades, camel Polo and cultural events at this festival.
  • Amazingly, as a guest you are also allowed to participate. We do however highly recommend advance booking, if you wish to participate in the Thousand camel Festival.  Let us know!

Other Mongolian camel trek destinations to enjoy 

As well as the Gobi Desert, there are quite a number of other camel treks that vary in length.

Our favourite camel trek destinations are:

  • Khongor Sand Dunes
  • Khogno Khan Nature Reserve
  • Bayanzag or Flaming Cliffs.
  • Altai-Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Ongi Monastery
  • Yolin Am Canyon
  • Sainshand 

So there you go, if you ride Mongolian camels in the Gobi Desert, you will find the view, while is just incredible and the Instagram opportunities are to die for. The journey is though slow-paced, so you can sit back, take it easy and enjoy.

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