The Bactrian camel is endemic of the steppes of Central Asia. It has two humps full of fat, unlike its cousin the dromedary that lives in North Africa and in Middle East. The Bactrian camel is much rarer than the dromedary, we count between 1,5 and 2 millions, almost exclusively domesticated. About 950 Bactrian camels still live in the wild, essentially in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and in North China.
The Bactrian camel is the biggest camel. It’s between 1,80 and 2,30 metres (5,91 – 7,55 feet) at the withers and its head can culminate at 3,50 metres (11,48 feet) from the ground. The smallest females weigh 300 kilograms (661,39 pounds), whereas the dominant males can reach one ton.
In winter, it’s covered with a long woolly coat that makes it majestic, but if you see it during summer, it will have lost its hair.
Going in the Gobi Desert on camelback is the major experience of any trip in this remote area of our planet. From atop of your mount, you will see the desert as the camels’ breeders of Gobi see it, and will discover the hidden places of this hostile region. But be careful, even if the pace is rather slow, a camel trek can turn to be very tiring. Our advices:
Right ! Now you’re ready to fully enjoy your camel trek and to admire Gobi’s landscapes.
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