Year Visited: 2019 – July
I visited Lake Khuvsgul during my two weeks backpacking trip across Mongolia. After experiencing a Nomad life in the Mini Gobi desert, we came to UlaanBaatar and caught a bus for Lake Khuvsgul, which is around 800 km away. It took us 18+ hours (including breaks) in an overnight public bus from UlaanBaatar to Murun ( Mörön), from Murun we took a shared taxi to Khatgal, a town at the southern end of the lake Khuvsgul.
Lake Khuvsgul (Khövsgöl) is the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia by volume and second largest by area. Lake Khuvsgul is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the Russian border. In 1992, this stunning landscape was set aside as Lake Khuvsgul National Park.
The town of Khatgal is a good place to make your base. The surrounding countryside is a joy for the explorer with spectacular beauty of the lake, and alpine mountains.
While hiking the surrounding mountains, you may meet the Tsataan people, a community of reindeer herders. The Tsataan prefer to live in deer-hide tepees rather than ger tents. Their totemic ‘deerstones’, carved with the deer that are said to guide the dead into the underworld, dot the Khuvsgul landscape
Photos below are from the town of Khatgal and the Lake Khuvsgul National Park.
The Lake Khuvsgul National Park was the last stop in our two weeks Mongolia backpacking trip. After arriving in Ulaanbaatar by 17+ hours overland trip, we relaxed in the big city for couple of days before I took a direct flight to Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan, to continue my journey in the Central Asia.