Top Choice Lake in Uvs

Üüreg Nuur

Üüreg Nuur (elevation 1425m) is 20km long and 18km wide, with an average depth of 27m. Surrounded by mountains of 3000m-plus, and almost entirely devoid of people, it's one of the most beguiling bodies of water in w…
Top Choice Waterfall in Üüreg Nuur


High up in the protected area of mountains north of Üüreg Nuur, a 14m waterfall cascades over black rocks. It's a 10km slog (most people drive this bit) up from the lake's shore to the start of the river valley (Wha…
Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Khyargas Nuur National Park

Khetsuu Khad

The lake's main attraction Khetsuu Khad, an enormous rock sticking out of the water that attracts migratory cormorants. The birds arrive in April and hatch their young in large nests built on the rock. When the chic…
Lake in Kharkhiraa Uul & Türgen Uul

Khökh Nuur

This pretty alpine lake is surrounded by mountains and makes a great destination on foot or by horse from Tarialan; the trip is about 15km up Davaan Uliastai (one valley north of Kharkhiraa Gol). It’s possible for a…
National Park in Uvs

Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area

Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area (7125 sq km) consists of four separate areas: Uvs Nuur, Türgen Uul, Tsagaan Shuvuut Uul and the Altan Els Strictly Protected Area. The national park covers everything from desert san…
Monument in Üüreg Nuur

Balbal Graves

These two graves, plonked incongruously on the grassy plain that runs down to the shore of Üüreg Nuur from OT Tour Camp, are each marked by a balbal (stone figure believed to be a Turkic grave marker).
National Park in Uvs

Khyargas Nuur National Park

Khyargas Nuur National Park (3328 sq km) is an area of springs and rocky outcrops encompassing Khyargas Nuur, western Mongolia's second largest lake and home to abundant waterfowl.
Dunes in Uvs

Altan Els Strictly Protected Area

This protected area (1482 sq km) due east of Uvs Nuur contains the world’s northernmost sand dunes and protects threatened desert plants.
Lake in Uvs

Uvsiin Khar Us Nuur

This freshwater lake offers swimming and fishing, and it makes a logical camping spot if travelling between Ulaangom and Khovd City; it's is 102km south of Ulaangom. The name Uvsiin Khar Us Nuur (literally 'Khar Us …
Museum in Ulaangom

Uvs Aimag Museum

This okay museum has the usual dusty exhibits, plus a section on the 16th-century Oirad leader Amarsanaa (the chain-mail jacket is supposedly his). There’s also a wing dedicated solely to the reign of one-time dicta…