Introducing Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
This beautiful park stretches south from Tavan Bogd and includes the stunning lakes of Khoton Nuur and Khurgan Nuur (and the less interesting Dayan Nuur). It’s a remote area divided from China by a high wall of snow-capped peaks and known to local Kazakhs as the Syrgali region.
The three lakes are the source of the Khovd Gol, which eventually flows into Khar Us Nuur in Khovd aimag. It’s possible to make rafting trips down river from Khoton Nuur. No agencies offer rafting trips at present, but you could check with the Protected Areas office.
Tsengel, Mongolia’s westernmost town, is the jumping-off point for the southern part of the park. It occupies a nice setting amid the mountains and there is good camping away from town, by the river. There are a couple of guanz (canteens or cheap restaurants) and a small market, but no hotel. Hiring a jeep could be difficult; you are better off bringing one from Ölgii. The Tavan Bogd area is best reached via Ulaankhus.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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