An alumnus of the team I was traveling with was the driver of the SUV we used to start our journey from Beijing. We had to travel for an entire day to Wuhai, where we finally arrived at our destination. My most recent trip to the desert was to the Sahara, where I learned a lot. So, this time, I packed carefully and set out well-prepared for the desert. After all, it’s a risky place to be.

We reached Wahui and checked into our hotel after taking in the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, the sun, and the beauty below us. On each day of our Mongolia desert tour, we did the following:

Our hearts began to yearn for the desert as soon as we reached the hotel. We got so high on the adrenaline rush that none of us took a single bite before getting in the car to go on the tour.