Khuvsgul – Blue Pearl lake tour

Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the border to Russia, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. Its watershed is relatively small, and it only has small tributaries. It gets drained at the south end by the Egiin Gol, which connects to the Selenge and ultimately into Lake Baikal.

Activity:-Trekking to Khuvsgul Lake, Seeing a shamanism ceremony, Horseback and yak-back riding, Visiting Reindeer herders’ family, Hiking  around Khuvsgul Kae and Cycle Tourin.

Duration: 14 days

Total distance:approx.2485 kms.

Group size: 4-12 = $1598

Full Itinerary

DAY 1 -City Tour.

On arrival at Genghis Khan International airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to the 4# hotel in Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon, City Tour starts through Gandan Monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Natural History Museum.

Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s most revered religious site-home more than 100 Buddhist monks with beautiful chapels, courtyards and a giant 75-foot gold gilded Buddha statue.

Natural History Museum that showcases the spectacular fossils found in the Gobi desert.

National Museum of Mongolian History and culture that has rich collection of stone and Bronze Age artifacts, costumes, sacred relics and items related to the nomadic life such as hunting and fishing tools. Overnight in the hotel \B,L,D\.

DAY 2 Amarbaysgalant Monastery

After breakfast in the morning, drive to Amarbaysgalant Monastery – one of the the largest monastery of Mongolia, built in 17th century in the memory of the Bogdo Lama Zanabazar- head of Mongolian religion,  located in the beautiful valley of the Iver River in Selenge province. You will have stunning views of mountains and its lush green valleys dotted with nomads’ gers “traditional dwelling” and their countless animals graze peacefully. The monastery’s stunning architecture was built by wood interlock method without using single nail is interlinked with the history. Gorgeous surrounding of the monastery, religious items and monks’ chanting including child monks make you have joyful and peaceful feelings. The complex of Amarbayasgalant Monastery was built during 1727-1736, in honor of Under Gegeen Zanabazar, the first Bogd of Mongolia. Originally, Amarbayasgalant Monastery consisted of over 40 temples built on the spectacular terrace, surrounded by a wall measuring 207 m by 175 m. 28 of the 40 temples of the monastery remained from the 1930s communist purge. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

DAY 3 -280km. Uran togoo-an extinct volcano.

Located in Khutag-Öndör soum of Bulgan province, Uran Uul is an extinct volcano whose crater reaches 1686 metres (1,05 mile) above the ground, has 500 metres (0,31 mile) in diameter and 50 metres (164,04 feet) in depth.

It’s the most beautiful and the most famous volcano of Mongolia. It was active 20 to 25 millions of years ago. We can find an exceptional and plenteous fauna and flora. In effect, the lava that flowed there many thousands of years ago gave way to a very fertile environment. A hike along a footpath through the Siberian larches will lead you to the crater. You will see a surprising variety of plants, but also many birds and insects, like the Apollo butterfly. Then you will go in the bottom of the crater, where you will find in its centre a surprising small lake and beautiful dense vegetation. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

DAY 4 Murun city – Khuvsgul lake

Khuvsgul Nuur, the second-oldest lake in the world, which contains 65% of Mongolia’s and 2% of the worlds of fresh water. Khuvsgul Lake National Park, called “Mongolia’s Switzerland” features deep blue lake, mountains, rivers, fish, moose, etc and activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hiking, horse trekking, bird watching. The reflections of the surrounding larch forest and majestic Khoridol Saridag mountain range on the blue lake water are extremely amazing. Enjoy taking pictures, relaxing or trekking by the crystal blue lake shore. The guests will boating to Khusliin khad, which has rock that many Mongolian whisper their wishes.The guests also will visit a nomadic family and ride a horse, experiencing a countryside lifestyle. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

DAY 5Khuvsgul lake national park.

Visit a Tsaatan or Reindeer people herder’s family and explore their special nomadic way of the life. Reindeer herders live in tepees in Khuvsgul Province. They herd reindeer for their existence and use reindeer for many purposes: transport, meat, milk, skins for clothes, blood-horns for traditional medicine and other uses. Enjoy horseback riding in the pristine nature of the national park and take an exciting boat journey on the clear blue Khuvsgul Lake water. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

DAY 6Khuvsgul lake national park.

Today is a free relaxing day in pristine nature. Enjoy relaxing by the lake shore or hiking on the edge of the great Taiga forest and exploring the flora & fauna of the area. The lake is rich in fish species and the surrounding area abounds in wildlife like diverse species of birds, red deer, reindeer, bear, elk, moose, and wild Argali sheep. The minor ethnic groups, Reindeer herders and Darkhad people, inhabit this area with their unique culture, traditions and Shamanist religion. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

DAY 7Zuun Lake

 On the way from Hovsgol aimag to Terhiin Tsagaan Lake in Arhangai aimag, you will visit this beautiful lake. Located near Shine Ider soum of Khuvsgul province. Zuun Nuur lake is situated about 2000 meters above sea level. Rocks and trees by the shore of Zuun Lake, an icy-cold lake in northern Mongolia, (below 13 degrees) in the evening even during summer time. It is a salt water lake and it’s so exclusive that it is not even marked on the google map! Overnight at hotel in the soum\B,L,D\.

Day 8- Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake -Khorgo National Park

Includes lakes, cinder cones and volcanic flows. It features activities such as fishing, hiking, horse trekking, bird watching, and photographing. After breakfast, drive to the Terkh white lake in the afternoon. After lunch, We explore sightseeing around Terkh lake. Hiking to the Khorgo volcano and caves which was created by volcano eruption. The Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is also known as White Lake in the Khangai Mountain range in central Mongolia with relatively pure fresh water. The lake is 16 km wide, about 4-10m deep with its deepest point at 28m and over 20kms in a length. It is flooded and the lake has pike and other fishes. Rare birds are found here as well. This volcanic lake was created thousands of years ago by lava flows from the nearby Khorgo Mountain volcano. Khorgo Mountain is an extinct volcano, which lies east of the White lake. This area has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

Day 9 – Tsenkher Hot Spa – Taikhar Rock Cliffs

Drive to Tsenkher hot spring, which is located 27km from Tsetserleg, Arkhangai aimag. Set between green forested hills with amazingly beautiful mountains, cliffs and rapid rivers, this geographical gem emerges from the ground at 85.5°C (185.9°F). Tsenkher Hot Springs have healing properties that assist in treating articular diseases and nervous system diseases. The water composition of the hot spring is hydrogen sulfide, sodium carbonate, hydro carbonate, sulfate, and fluorite. The Tsenher Hot Springs provide a place for you to soak in the heat controlled water-pools nestled in a lushly filled mountain valley. This health spa also offers indoor and outdoor baths.

Taikhar Rock Cliff is situated 22km from Tsetserleg on a bank of Khoid Tamir River in Ikhtamir Soum, Arkhangai Aimag. Taikhar Chuluu is 18m-high cliff of granite. This cliff was formed by separating from the river bank due to millions of years’ continual flow of Khoid Tamir River through granite cape on its northern bank. Over 150 inscriptions in various scripts including Turkic, Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu and Chinese were engraved on the cliff. Overnight at Ger camp \B,L,D\.

 Day 10 – Ugii Lake

Drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area-25 sq. km). 14 kinds of fish such as a perch, a Luce and about 150 types of aquatic birds gather at Lake Ugii. When you visit the lake, you will have an opportunity to take a boat tour and do some birding. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in tourist camp. \B,L,D\.

DAY 11 – Khustai Hill

Khustai National Park. Travel to Hustai Nature Reserve to see the Przewalski wild horses, re-introduced back into the wild in their native homeland. Visit the local information center for learn about the history of the last pure wild horses and the history of the area. In the evening you have chance to go horse riding. Overnight in a ger camp. \B,L,D\.

DAY 12Chingis Khaan Statue Complex is a 40 metres (130 ft) tall statue of Chingis Khaan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck, where they have a panoramic view. The main statue area will be surrounded by 200 gers designed and arranged like the pattern of the horse brand marks that were used by the 13th century Mongol tribes. Overnight in the hotel. \B,L,D\.

DAY 13 – Ulaanbaatar. Shopping in Cashmere and souvenir shops. Rest of your time will be spent for the travel preparation back your country and relax.

Day 14 – You will be transferred to Chingis Khaan international airport.