Yol Valley is a surprisingly green valley, which lies 50 km on the west of Dalanzadgad town, the capital of South Gobi province. An ancient river carved this granite valley, and now its remnant streams create ice formations at the base of the valley that sometimes persists as late as July. Having to see an ice formation and feeling the frigid wind on your face is a rare occasional refreshment in the Gobi desert.
The valley is wide at its entrance, and it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. Hiking at the altitude of 2,000 m, is an adventurous activity in this region, and it’s the only way to explore the valley.
Certain kinds of wild animals dominate the valley such as big horned sheep, ibex but you will be more likely to see diurnal birds of prey and other small creatures including Mongolian pika.
Numerous tourist Ger camps are available at the gateway of the valley.