The entrance to Yolyn Am landscape Mongolia mountains deep light shadowThe entrance to Yolyn AmYolyn Am is a deep, narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of southern Mongolia. The valley is named after the Lammergeier (also known as the bearded vulture), which is called Yol in Mongolian. The name of the valley is therefore often translated as Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles.

This spectacular valley is famous for the thick ice layer several kilometers long that forms in winter, reaching several meters thick. In past years it remained all year round, but currently the ice disappears in July.


Yolyn Am è una gola profonda e stretta nei monti Gurvan Saikhan, nella Mongolia meridionale. La valle prende il nome dal Lammergeier (conosciuto anche come avvoltoio barbuto), che in mongolo si chiama Yol. Il nome alla valle è quindi spesso tradotto in Valle degli Avvoltoi o Valle delle Aquile.

Questa spettacolare valle è famosa per lo spesso strato ghiaccio lungo diversi chilometri che si forma in inverno, raggiungendo diversi metri di spessore. Negli anni passati rimaneva tutto l'anno, ma attualmente il giacchio scompare in luglio.

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 “A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.”

Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus