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~ Tips and advice for travelers ~

TRAVEL ADVICE
 

The Ikh Nart reserve is remote with no public services or ammenities. The nearest town to north Ikh Nart with a telephone and basic services is Shevi-Gobi (~50 kms from the reserve border). Plan your journey carefully.

  • Bring clothing for a variety of weather conditions, which often change quickly and dramatically in the reserve. Temperatures in summer reach +43 C and fall to below -40 C in winter. Heavy rains occur in June that often cause flash flooding. High winds in spring are common and typically turn into dust storms. Weather Underground provides daily weather information for 'Choir', which is located ~75 km north of Ikh Nart.
  • Carry plenty of water, food, and fuel. Some freshwater springs occur in the reserve, but many run inconsistently.
  • Driving requires a 4 x 4 vehicle as there are no proper roads in the reserve. Be sure to bring extra petrol, a tool set, and spare tire/tire repair kit.
  • A handheld GPS unit (~$100) is very useful for navigating in the reserve. Be sure to carry spare batteries.
  • If traveling by train to/from Ulaanbaatar, sleeper cabins (coupes) are recommended.
Long-eared owl in Ikh Nart © R. Reading
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