Khovsgol lake Natinal Park
Khovsgol Lake National Park is a place of outstanding and pristine beauty where the Central Asian Steppe meets the Siberian Taiga. It has long been regarded as “Blue Pearl of Mongolia”. Lake Khovsgol is one of the 17 ancient lakes worldwide and is variously estimated an between 2 and 5 million years old. This exceptionally pritistine lake is 136 km long, 20-40 km wide, and up to 260 m deep; it contains nearly 70% of all fresh water in Mongolia. The only outlet river Eg flows to the Selenge River, that connects Lake Baikal with Lake Khovsgol. They are sister lakes.
In 1992, this stunning landscape were set aside as Lake Khovsgol National Park. In 2011, the whole territory of park was expanded to 1.180.270 hectares when the uppe headwaters of the Uur River were made a part of the park. In recent years, this spectacular landscape of water and mountains that is sacred to so many has become the destination of more and more travelers, from all around Mongolia and beyond.
The park is the one of the major domestic and popular international travel destination. Every summer thousands of long and short term travelers head towards to the Lake Huvsgul National Park. The park offers great variety of leisure or sport activities and types of tours, that are nature sightseeing and study excursions, camping, all sorts of hiking and climbing, horse riding and trekking, biking, boating, kayaking.
Camping is increasingly popular way to enjoy and relax in the park., all camping must be located in designated campgrounds, which are established mainly along the main roads.
The park offers great variety of rewarding hiking and climbing opportunities for novice and experienced hikers, climbers and mountaineers.
Horse riding in Lake Huvsgul National Park is absolutely highlight tour of all type of travel activities here for foreign travelers. Guided horse trips are offered and range from a few hours short rides to multi days of horse trekking to the most parts of the park and into more remote wilderness.
Adventure-seeking visitors can rent or bring their own mountain bikes for multi-day travel in the park. Many visitors to the National Park enjoys a ship or boat tours of the Lake. The biggest and oldest passenger ship on Lake Huvsgul is the Sukhbaatar, that only a ferry sized vessel. A variety of smaller boats are available for boating tours, also those boats can be rented for longer trips to islands of the lake. Kayaks are also available for rent in Hatgal, Hankh and at some ger camps around the Lake. Visitors, who does renting kayaks should pay special attention to safety messages, that provided by the experts.
Experiencing Mongol Nomadic Lifestyle
The area of Khovsgol lake has been a home to nomadic pastoralists for thousands of years. Their lifestyles represent some of the most enduring traditions of Mongolia. Because the harsh climate, which is dominated by long and very cold winter, severly limits agriculture, semi-nomadic herding remains a dominant way of life. Herders and their animals, reindeers, sheeps, goats, cattles, yaks and horses, have long been part of the ecosystem in and around the Park.