About 50km west of Khövsgöl Nuur, behind a wall of mountains, sits a harsh, mystical landscape of prairie, forest and 300-odd lakes scattered over a wide plain called the Darkhad Depression. The depression is roughly the same size as Khövsgöl Nuur and was also originally formed as a glacial lake.
Mörön to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
A popular route out of Khövsgöl is south to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur in Arkhangai aimag. This is also an excellent road for cyclists. About 97km southwest of the aimag capital is Zuun Nuur, a large lake and the scenic highlight of the region. There is good camping here or you can stay at the Dalai Vam 2 ger camp, on the southern side of the lake (meals T4000 to T7000).
Nestled between pine-clad mountains and consisting almost entirely of log cabins, the village of Chandman-Öndör sits in one of the most picturesque locations in the country. The surrounding area is ideal horse-riding country, with clear streams, alpine forests and wildflowers.
A Bronze Age site, Uushigiin Uver contains 14 upright carved deer stones, some with splendid white design against an ochre-coloured background, plus sacrificial altars (keregsuur). This remarkable collection is located 20km west of Mörön, and about 1km north of the Delgermörön Gol. The area is enclosed by a fence and small placards describe the stones.
Mountain-fringed Renchinlkhumbe is 42km west of the Jiglegiin Am trailhead on Khövsgöl Nuur, an adventurous two-day journey on foot or horseback or else reachable by a fairly rough road via Ulaan-Uul. Most travellers heading further into the taiga will rest here for at least one night.