The Tengger region of the Alashan Plateau is located in the south-west section of the huge Gobi Desert. To get there we flew to Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and then drove over the border into Inner Mongolia.
On this trip we tried out a different desert route to our last hike in the area, adding extra desert hiking, and avoiding the areas where we saw a lot of tourists last time.
Below you'll find a selection of Huijie's photos, plus a few shots from our hikers.
The hiking group enters the desert.
Relaxing in the dunes.
Late afternoon, by one of the desert lakes.
Close to sunset.
Sunset on the first night.
Dennis woke up early and got this good shot of dunes and clouds.
Some days the wind was up, and we could see the how the dunes move through the desert as sand is blown.
Kathleen took this shot of people attacking lunch in a yurt.
We spotted a herd of camels.
A camel cooling down in a desert lake.
Footprints in the sand.
Trees came into view as we walked through the desert.
A nice shady spot for a lunch break.
Livestock were farmed in the greener areas of the desert.
Desert as far as the eye can see.
A mosquito got stuck into Vernon.
Megan took this shot of a jeep that got stuck.
Life sprouts in the desert!
Desert dunes and blue sky.
Dennis took this photo of one of our campsites.
After coming out of the desert, we headed back to our hotel in Bayanhot for a good meal (and a good wash!).
On the last day of the trip we did some sightseeing, visiting the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, built some time between 1038 and 1227 A.D.
We also stopped at the Sanguankou pass to have a look at some old Great Wall.