Top Choice Cave Paintings 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 Üüreg Nuur

Üüreg Nuur

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 …
Museum in Ölgii

Aimag Museum

The old-fashioned Aimag Museum gives a decent overview of Kazakh culture and the geography of Bayan-Ölgii. The 2nd floor is devoted to history, and the 3rd floor has some interesting ethnographic displays. The small…
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…
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 Uliastai

Museum of Famous People

Next door to the History Museum, the Museum of Famous People features well-known Zavkhanites (including Mongolia’s first two democratically elected presidents, P Ochirbat and N Bagabandi), and is included in the ad…
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 …
National Park in Bayan-Ölgii

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…
Mountain in Bayan-Ölgii

Khökh Serkh Strictly Protected Area

Khökh Serkh Strictly Protected Area (65,920 hectares) A mountainous area on the border with Khovd, which protects argali sheep and ibex.