"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

HOVSGOL LAKE

Known as the Blue Pearl of the Mongolia, Hovsgol Nuur is an extraordinary lake that stretches 136km deep into the Siberian taiga. The lake and mountains that surround it form the basis for this popular national park, a major destination for both Mongolian and international tourists.

In surface area, this is the second-largest lake (2760 sq km) in Mongolia, surpassed in size only by Uvs Nuur, a shallow, salty lake in the western part of the country. But Hovsgol Nuur is Mongolia's deepest lake (up to 262m) as well as the world's 14th-largest source of fresh water - it contains between 1-2% of the world's fresh water (that's 380,700 billion litres!). Geologically speaking, Hovsgol is the younger sibling (by 23 million years) of Siberia's Lake Baikal, 195km to the northeast, and was formed by the same tectonic forces.

The lake is full of fish, such as lenok and sturgeon, and the area is home to argali sheep, ibex, bear, sable, moose and a few near-sighted wolverines. It also has more than 200 species of bird, including the Baikal teal, bar-headed goose (kheeriin galuu in Mongolian), black stork and Altai snowcock.

The region hosts three separate, unique peoples: Darkhad, Buriat and Tsaatan (aka Dukha). Shamanism, rather than Buddhism, is the religion of choice in these parts.

The lake water is still very clean but a rise in livestock using the area for winter pasture has led to some pollution of the shore and feeder rivers, so you are better off purifying your water.

If you love fishing, then you'll get excited about Hovsgol Nuur. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake, including salmon, (bony) sturgeon, grayling and lenok.
 



 

HOVSGOL LAKE

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HOVSGOL LAKE

Duration: 4 days /3 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 
Ulaanbaatar - Lake Hovsgol
Pick up at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the Chinggis Khan International airport. Enjoy scenic flight to Moron for approx. 1½ hours, the capital of Hovsgol province. Our local guide and driver will meet you and take you to the pristine beauty of Lake Hovsgol by camping overnight in local ger camp. (L/D)

Day 2  Lake Hovsgol National Park
Stop and take in your serene surroundings with picnics by the lake or meals at the ger camp. Hike to the sacred hills of Tsomo Had and witness locals worship the area by offering symbolic blue silk cloths known as hadags and other gifts. Admire the beautiful landscape of crystal blue shorelines and lush forested hills. Overnight in local ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3  Lake Hovsgol National Park
Take a peaceful stroll through the forest and absorb the natural beauty around you. During the summer months, the mountains are coated in bright, beautiful wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Stop in the secluded grasslands and meet with the nomadic families who inhabit the countryside. Take this opportunity to befriend locals and learn about Mongolian culture. Overnight in local ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 4  Lake Hovsgol – Ulaanbaatar
On your final day, cruise by boat through the crisp, cool water of Lake Hovsgol and arrive at Hatgal village. Your guide will assist your transfer to Moron airport for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. (B/L)

SERVICE INCLUDES:
Local guide, transfer to/from airport in Ulaanbaatar, all meals as listed, domestic flight to/from Moron, private 4WD vehicle in Hovsgol, all overnights in ger camps in double occupancy. All surface transport and entrance fees.

SERVICE EXCLUDES:
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, beverages, personal expenses and gratuities.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

HOVSGOL LAKE

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HOVSGOL LAKE

HOVSGOL LAKE

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