Arkhangai (Архангай) 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 here.
Most travellers make stops at the Tsenkher Hot Springs and Tsetserleg before heading off to Tariat for Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake). 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.