Arkhangai is something of an oasis in the centre of Mongolia’s harsh climatic zones; to the south lies the hot Gobi Desert and to the north lies the frigid Siberian taiga. Arkhangai is right in the middle, a mixed landscape of rugged mountains, peaceful forests, rushing streams and rolling steppe. All this wild nature and mixed topography makes for some interesting independent travel options: horse riding, mountain biking, fishing and trekking are all possible in Arkhangai.
The Khangai Mountains in the southern part of the aimag rise to a height of 3300m. The mountains are by no means impenetrable and it’s possible to travel through the passes on horse and jeep trails to Bayankhongor aimag. In winter, nomads use the passes on traditional otors (treks) to find grazing land for their animals.
Most travellers make stops at the Tsenkher hot springs and Tsetserleg before heading off to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake) for a few days of R&R. From the White Lake there are trails north to Khövsgöl aimag. With a few extra days up your sleeve you could dangle a fishing line at Ögii Nuur and check out the historic Turkic-era stone monuments of Kul-Tegin.
Travel to Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region. Hidden from the world for many years, it is hard to imagine that this secluded country once created the largest land empire ever known.
Naadam Festival Mongolia
Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets and horses race across grasslands to glory.