Uureg Nuur Lake, saline lake in an endorheic basin in western Mongolia.

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Üüreg Nuur

Top choice in Western Mongolia

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 western Mongolia.

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2. Waterfall

10.71 MILES

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)…

3. Balbal Graves

14.31 MILES

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 …

4. Mounds

16.98 MILES

Several impressive grave mounds beside the road to Khotgor, including two mounds surrounded by concentric circles and radiating spokes.