Location: Khuvsgul province.
Nestled among boreal forests of the mountainous Khuvsgul province lies the ”Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia”: the ancient Lake Khuvsgul is believed to be millions of years old and is one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water supplies. The locals reverently call the great lake the “Mother Sea” and the surrounding area is under state protection as the Lake Khuvsgul National Park. At least 46 tributary rivers traverse this region lush with rugged peaks, rolling hills, pristine forests and wildflower meadows. The forests and valleys are home to a variety of wildlife, and birdlife is likewise varied and interesting with over 240 bird species visiting the park year over year.
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar | Bulgan Town | Ger camp
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Khuvsgul province. On the way we will drive through Zaamar plateau known for its gold mining and continue to Bulgan town, the center of Bulgan province. We will cross a couple of small rivers, lush meadows and valleys on the road up to Bulgan town. After refilling our jeep in town, we’ll continue west and arrive at a ger camp where we will stay for the night.
Day 3: Ger camp | Murun Town
Today we will drive further north-west passing through beautiful landscapes. When we reach the Selenge river we will have a picnic lunch on the banks. Selenge is the largest river of Mongolia and drains into Lake Baikal in Siberia. It flows for total of 992km, of which 593 km passes through the Mongolian territory. Selenge river collects 30.6 % of the total flow of all the rivers in Mongolia. Baikal Sturgeon, Taimen, Lenok, Umber, Pike, Siberian Roach, Golden Carp, Mirror Carp, Amur Catfish and River Perch are the main fish species found in Selenga. Lodge in tents near Murun town.
Day 4: Murun Town | Ger camp
In the morning our trip will continue northward via Murun and Hatgal towns to a ger camp on the shore of Khuvsgul Lake. From the ger camp you will have a direct view of the lake. We will be inside the Khuvsgul National Park, which includes the great lake and its watershed. The ancient Lake Khuvsgul is believed to be millions of years old and is one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water supplies. At night we’ll stay in a ger camp.
Day 5: Free day at ger camp
This day will be spent at leisure. Travelers can walk around and enjoy the fresh air of the lake. On the western side of Khuvsgul Lake located is Mt. Khoridol Saridag Uul. The mountain is composed mostly of limestone and covered by forests, and is home to elk, reindeer, argali and Siberian ibex.
Day 6: Ger camp | Rashaant Village
Today we will continue our trip. The road goes south via Hatgal port and Murun town. The port of Hatgal is located on the southern tip of the the lake. Murun is the center of Khuvsgul province situated in the valley of Delgermoron River at an altitude of 1283 m above sea level. After lunch in the open air, we will arrive at campsite nearby Rashaant village, where we’ll put our tents for night.
Day 7: Rashaant | Ulziit
We’ll continue to drive south-east, the Ulziit Village. Today we’ll have an open air picnic lunch. At night we’ll stay at campsite in tents.
Day 8: Ulziit | Ulaanbaatar
Today we will pass through some interesting sceneries varying between forest zone, steppe and desert oasis nearby Dashinchilen Village. We’ll continue to drive to Ulaanbaatar. After dinner, transfer to airport.
Day 9: Departure
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