Ikh Gazriin Chuluu
Rock formation in Dundgovi province
Ikh Gazriin Chuluu is the largest part of the granite area of Mongolia. Located in Govi-Ugtaal and Bayanjargalan soum of Dundgovi province, Ikh Gazriin Chuluu is a beautiful rock formation in the gobi desert. There are over 40 caves in the area and they are easy to access and close to each other, making it ideal for hiking. One of the caves named Olgii, according to local people used to be full of mysterious books and scriptures.
The highest point of Ikh Gazriin Chuluu is Yurlug mountain with 1706 meters height. You can find several minerals such as pure crystal, cloudy crystal, jade, chalcedony, flourite, bezoar and shale in the area. Around 30 types of medicinal herbs like roseroot, silverweed and locoweed grows here, meanwhile over 20 species including whiskered bat and common bat inhabits Ikh Gazriin Chuluu.
Ikh Gazriin Chuluu became government protected area in 2003 due to its unique landscape. It covers almost 600 square km and is located 80 km to the south-east of Mandalgovi, the center of Dundgovi province.