Top Choice National Park in Bayan-Ölgii

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Covering 6362 sq km, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park takes in the Tavan Bogd massif – which includes Khuiten Uul (4374m), Mongolia's highest mountain – and the stunning lakes of Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan. Fauna inclu…
Top Choice Lake in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Khoton Nuur

The southern shore along Khoton Nuur has excellent camping spots, especially around Ulaan Tolgoi, a spit of land that juts majestically into the lake. The northern tip of the lake is marked by Aral Tolgoi (Island He…
National Park in Bayan-Ölgii

Tsambagarav Uul National Park

Western Mongolia's second highest mountain – the permanently snow-capped Tsambagarav Uul (4208m) – straddles the border between Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii aimags; the national park (1110 sq km) is accessible from either …
Lake in Tolbo

Tolbo Nuur

The bleakly inviting teal expanse of Tolbo Nuur unfurls for 20km beside the paved Ölgii–Khovd City Rd. Despite being 2080m above sea level, the lightly saline waters are warm enough for swimming in summer, and mosqu…
National Park in Bayan-Ölgii

Khökh Serkh Strictly Protected Area

Meaning 'Blue Goat' in Mongolian, this mountainous area (659 sq km) on the border with Khovd is a haven for snow leopards, argali sheep and ibex. This is the only strictly protected area in Bayan-Ölgii, making it on…
Viewpoint in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Khuiten Uul Base Camp

The Khuiten Uul Base Camp (3092m) offers stunning views of all the five peaks as well as the 12km-long Potanii Glacier, which tumbles out of the range. It's possible to walk onto the glacier, but be careful of deep …
Nature Reserve in Bayan-Ölgii

Develiin Aral Nature Reserve

This remarkable habitat (103 sq km) straddles the Bayan-Ölgii/Uvs border and centres around Develiin Island in the Usan Khooloi and Khovd rivers. It is home to pheasants, boars and beavers.
Rock Art in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Tsagaan Sala

The best petroglyphs in the area, if not all of Central Asia, can be found at Tsagaan Sala, in a river valley between Ulaankhus and Tavan Bogd. The carvings, more than 10,000 of them, are scattered over a 15km area;…
Viewpoint in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Tavan Bogd Ovoo

The incumbent Mongolian president is obliged to visit this ceremonial ovoo (shamanistic collection of stones, wood or other offerings to the gods) every five years; Battulga will fly in by helicopter in 2018. The vi…
Museum in Ölgii

Ölgii Aimag Museum

The old-fashioned Ölgii Aimag Museum gives a basic overview of Kazakh culture and the geography of Bayan-Ölgii. The 1st floor has some terrifically bad taxidermy; the 3rd floor offers interesting ethnographic displa…