Introducing Kharkhiraa Uul & Türgen Uul
The twin peaks of Kharkhiraa Uul (4037m) and Türgen Uul (3965m), which dominate the western part of the aimag, are vital sources of the Uvs Nuur and the mountains are also part of the Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area.
In summer, the area has some excellent hiking opportunities and the chance to meet Khoton nomads who graze their flocks in here. Khoton people are unusual in being the only ethnic Mongols to practice Islam.
The village of Tarialan makes a good base for exploration. It is 11km off the main Ulaangom–Khovd road, about 25km out of Ulaangom (watch for the blue sign). The Strictly Protected Areas office in Ulaangom sells permits for the protected area.