Ikh Nart is a high upland region covered by shrubs, scrub vegetation, and turfy grasses. The wildlife includes argali sheep, Siberian ibex, cinereous vulture, lesser kestrel, hedgehogs, and many other species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Team 4 (Aug. 29-Sep. 11) will be based in a different location in Mongolia: the Toson Hulstai Nature Reserve. This striking landscape is the largest intact temperate grassland in the country.
Mongolia remains largely undeveloped, with few paved roads. Most people outside the cities still live a nomadic existence. People in the countryside live in gers (yurts) and wear traditional clothing. If you visit Ulaanbaatar before or after your expedition, you can see the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan Museum, the Manzushir Monastery Museum, the Gandan Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square, or a performance by a traditional symphony or the Mongolian circus.