Welcome to Bayan-Ölgii
Many peaks here are more than 4000m high and permanently covered with glaciers and snow. The valleys have some green pastures that support a few million head of livestock, with bears, foxes, wolves and ibex inhabiting the higher ground.
Unlike the rest of Mongolia, which is dominated by the Khalkh Mongols, about 90 per cent of Bayan-Ölgii’s population is Kazakh. Travelling Mongolians liken coming here to visiting another country. Others who call Bayan-Ölgii home include the Khalkh, Dörvöd, Uriankhai, Tuva and Khoshuud ethnic groups.