We too went with Travel Gobi Mongolia and had an excellent experience. You need to use a tour company ... it would be impossible to do it on your own. We chose to fly down from UB which saved that horrendous 10+ hour drive. The first sight of the sands is breathtaking ..... although we hadn't quite realised how narrow they are. We insisted on going late afternoon to avoid the horrendous heat and catch the light from the setting sun. We rode out to the sands on camels and then walked up a dune for a breathtaking view from the top. Whilst the first part was OK, the sand soon becomes very loose and requires a lot of effort and a lot of stops to catch your breath, to get up there. Go slowly - allow at least an hour+ for the climb. Take water & high factor sun block. All that effort IS worth it!
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