Top Choice Cave in Tsenkheriin Agui

Tsenkheriin Agui

This huge cave about 100km southeast of Khovd City looks deceptively small from the parking area but once you scramble up the loose rock path, you realise how big it is and how it must have afforded considerable she…
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, the spit of land that juts majestically into the lake. The northern tip of the lake is marked by Aral Tolgoi (Island …
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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park (636,161 hectares) Takes in Tavan Bogd, which includes Mongolia's highest mountain, and the stunning lakes of Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan. Fauna includes argali sheep, ibex, maral (Asiat…
Top Choice Lake in Üüreg Nuur

Üüreg Nuur

Ruins in Khovd City

Sangiin Kherem

At the northern end of the city are some crumbling walls built around 1762 by the Manchu (Qing dynasty) warlords who once brutally governed Mongolia. The 40,000 sq metre walled compound once contained several temple…
Museum in Uliastai

History Museum

This decent History Museum contains a mammoth bone, some fine religious art and a tsam mask, worn during lama dances, made from coral. There is also a good collection of photographs of Uliastai taken in the early 20…
Museum in Khovd City

Aimag Museum

This regional museum has the usual collection of stuffed wildlife, plus some excellent ethnic costumes, Buddhist and Kazakh art and a snow-leopard pelt tacked up on the wall. One of the more interesting exhibits is …
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, on the route between Ulaankhus and Tavan Bogd. The drawings, more than 10,000 of them, are scattered over a 15km area; you’…
National Park in Uvs

Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area

Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area (712,545 hectares) Consists of four separate areas: Uvs Nuur, Türgen Uul, Tsagaan Shuvuut Uul and Altan Els. Contains everything from desert sand dunes to snowfields, marsh to mounta…
Museum in Ulaangom

Aimag Museum

This OK Aimag Museum has the usual stuff plus a section on the 16th-century Oirad leader Amarsanaa (the chainmail jacket is supposedly his). There’s a wing dedicated solely to the reign of one-time dictator Yu Tsede…