Adventurous travelers will revel in the magnificent sceneries of this isolated and ethnically diverse part of the country.
The stunning landscapes include glacier-wrapped rugged mountains, formidable snow-peaks reflected in crystal lakes and deep lush valleys with pristine rivers.
The western-most province of Bayan-Ulgii is dominated by ethnic Kazakhs whose ancient tradition of hunting with eagles and rich embroideries adorning their colorful gers have been preserved in these remote lands. The neighboring Khovd province is known for its watermelons and for being the most diverse province inhabited by over ten different ethnic groups. Here, Chandmani soum area is considered to be the birthplace of the entrancing art of throat singing whereas the performer imitates the sounds of nature by simultaneously emitting two distinct sounds.
Altai Mountains saddling Bayan Ulgii and Khovd provinces are one of the two major mountain ranges of Mongolia and include the highest peak of the country, Mt. Khuiten (4378m). The untouched wilderness of the mountains is inhabited by the elusive, endangered snow leopards and lynxes and hides numerous ancient burial sites and mysterious “stone men”, left by the ancient tribes who roamed the region.
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