Getting There & Away

If coming from the southern side of Tsambagarav Uul (near the main Khovd–Ölgii Rd) you'll enter via the Namarjin valley, where there are outstanding views of the mountain. From here you can head west and then south to rejoin the main Khovd–Ölgii Rd, via several Kazakh settlements and a beautiful turquoise lake.

An alternative route from the Khovd side leads from the town of Erdeneburen, where you can see a bugan chuluu (deer stone; upright grave marker from the Bronze and Iron ages, on which is carved stylised images of deer) dating back to the pre- Mongol era, and up the mountainside to the Bayangol valley. The valley itself is nothing special but there are fine views southeast to Khar Us Nuur, and you might be able to hire a horse for the hour-long ride to the Kazakh–populated Marra valley.

Entering the park from the Bayan-Ölgii (northern) side of the mountain is even more impressive. To reach the massif, a steep pass runs between Tavan Belchiriin Uul and Tsast Uul. From the glacier here, the road dips through some spectacular rocky gorges before finally tumbling down to Bayan Nuur, a small, slightly salty lake. From Bayan Nuur, a desert road travels east through a Martian landscape of red boulders and rocky mountains.

During summer, Blue Wolf operates a twice-weekly shuttle (US$100 for a six-seater, 2½ hours, 95km, Wednesdays and Sundays) from their Ölgii office to the Blue Wolf Tsambagarav Ger Camp.