Khuvsgul Loop 10 Days - The Great Mongolian Adventures

Khuvsgul Loop 10 Days

Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the border to Russia, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the freshwater in the world. Its watershed is relatively small, and it only has small tributaries. It gets drained at the south end by the Egiin Gol, which connects to the Selenge and ultimately into Lake Baikal. In between, the water travels a distance of more than 1,000 km, and a height difference of 1,169 m, although the line-of-sight distance is only about 200 km. Its location in northern Mongolia helps form the southern border of the great Siberian taiga forest, of which the dominant tree is the Siberian Larch. The lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges. The highest mountain is the Burenkhaan / Munkh Saridag (3,492 m), which has its peak north of the lake exactly on the Russian-Mongolian border. The surface of the lake freezes over completely in winter. It's inhabited by nine species of fish including the Siberian grayling, sturgeon and lenok and the area is rich with various species of flora and fauna. And the area is home to argali wild sheep, ibex, bear, sable, moose and wolves. The region hosts three separate, unique people: Darkhad, Buryat and Tsaatan. Shamanism, rather than Buddhism, is the religion of choice in these parts of Mongolia.

Day 1.
Ulaanbaatar to Khugnu Khan Mountain via Khustain Nuruu N.P.

Distance: 350 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Khustain Nuruu National Park:
Tuv province, in between Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai soums area incredibly beautiful landscape and wild horses called Takhi the Przewalski horse’s only living place on earth. On an average 1500-1700m a.s.l. The highest peak is Khushuut mountain 1842 m tall. The lowest point is 1190 m Tariatiin Bulag. It’s Khentii mountains south-west wing. At the mountaintop to the north slope, there is 2080 hectare of birch forest. Park has 450 types of plants almost all of them are medicinal plants, red deers, antelopes, wild boars, many types of rodents and 260 types of birds live here.
Explore it with, well educated Khustai National Park’s guides and protectors.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife observation and Sightseeing

Khugnu Khan mountain:
Bulgan province’s Rashaant soum area Incredibly beautiful sacred mountain full of exotic animals and medicinal plants. There is Uvgun monastery famous Khalkha monastery’s ruins are there to tell the tale. Here we can hike around the Mountain see the beautiful view of  Elsen Tasarkhai the Sand dune. There are 17 very rare types of plants and combined 399 types of plants. 100 of them are medicinal plants.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife observation and Sightseeing
Accommodation: Tourist camp (Khugnu khan)

Day 2.
Khugnu Khan Mountain to Kharkhorin town via Elsen Tasarkhai

Distance: 100 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Elsen Tasarkhai:
Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune is just 10kms away from Khugnu Khan Mountain. It stretches north to south 80 km. Chinggis Khaan’s army crossed this sand dune and made a cut through the sand, that’s why this place is called Sand Cut in English. Camel riding on the sand dune and local foods are highlights of this place.

Kharkhorin town:
Founded by Chinggis Khaan in 1200, became Mongol empire’s capital in 1220 by Ugudei Khaan son of Chinggis Khaan. Every religion in the world existed together for centuries in this historic city. Historically and Archeologically very important place in the world. Kharkhorin is UNESCO world heritage site. Here is the famous Erdenezuu the Buddhist monastery is open to the public. Surrounding 108 stupas create a big fence and there are 3 remaining ancient monastery buildings which are now a big Buddhist museum. Museum’s staffs are famous for their good education on the details of the exhibits. Next to the museum actual working monasteries are open to the public. Famous Turtle rock and Phallic rocks are around Erdenezuu monastery.

Activities: Photography, hiking, archaeological tours, Museum, Religious tour
Accommodation: Tourist camp (Orkhon Tushee)

Day 3.
Kharkhorin to Taikhar rock via Tsetserleg town

Distance: 120 km
Driving duration: 3 hours

Tsetserleg town:
Is the capital of Arkhangai province. North side of the town, there is the famous Bulgan mountain, with Zaya Bandida- one of the 4 state’s saint’s monastery which is now a Museum of Arkhangai just next to it the Zaya Bandida’s actual working monastery is open to the public. At the Bulgan mountain there is a big Buddha statue and throughout the mountain, there are numbers of drawings of gods it is a good place to climb the ferocious mountain.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Sightseeing and Religious tour

Taikhar rock:
On a bank of Khoid Tamir River in Ikhtamir Soum, Arkhangai province. Taikhar rock is 18 m high cliff of granite. Which has a lot of myths and challenges to be found. Over 150 inscriptions in various scripts including Turkic, Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu and Chinese were engraved on the rock. The surrounding area is all about the beautiful scenery.

Activities: Horseback riding, Yak riding, Photography, Sightseeing
Accommodation: Tourist camp,

Day 4.
Taikhar rock to Khorgo volcano & Terkhiin Tsagaan lake (White Lake) via Chuluut  canyon

Distance: 170 km
Driving duration: 3 hours

Chuluut canyon:
Chuluut canyon is located in Tariat and Undur-Ulaan soum’s area, Arkhangai province. Surrounded by huge canyon depth reaches 200m from the river at some point. On the bank of the river, there is a famous Mother tree which is a local worshipping tree.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Climbing and Sightseeing

Khorgo volcano:
Khorgo volcano crater is 200 m wide and 80 m deep situated at an altitude of 2,210 metres a.s.l. Erupted around 8,000 years ago. Near the crater, there are dozens of small caverns with stalactites hanging from their ceiling and walls. Because of the volcanic eruption, interesting Ger shaped caves formed. One of them is a deep ground cave with ice inside, which is called "Yellow dog's hell". The ice is at present even on the hottest summer days. Some of 13 stone shelters reach 1.7 m high. Plenty to see and explore.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Climbing and Sightseeing

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (White Lake):
As known as the White Lake is located in Tariat soum, Arkhangai province.Very beautiful lake with a variety of birds, nomadic families and sand beaches this is the most heavenly place that you can visit in the world. Khorgo Terkhi national park is considered one of the Mongolian Seven Wonders. It is UNESCO world heritage site. Terkhiin Tsagaan is 16 km long. 6 km wide, 20m deep and 61 sq km pure water lake.

Activities: Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Horseback riding, Swimming and Sightseeing
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 5.
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur to Jargal Hot spring

Distance: 100 km
Driving duration: 3 hours

Jargal hot spring:
Jargal Hot spring is located in Khuvsgul province Jargalant soum. Spring is surrounded by natural beauties and this Hot spring is the medicinal purposes.
On our way to Jargal Hot Spring, we will drive through Orookh's pass one of the famous difficult mountain passes.
This region is the home of yaks and you can visit yak herder family in here.

Activities: Swimming, Hiking, visit yak herders, fishing
Accommodation: Tourist camp (Jargalant)

Day 6.
Jargal Hot Spring to Khuvsgul lake via Murun city

Distance: 300 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Murun city:
Murun is the capital of Khuvsgul province.  
We will stop at the city and collect some foods and candies.

Khuvsgul lake:
This lake is very clean and pure, you can even drink from it. Khuvsgul lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the Russian border, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m. a.s.l., 136 km long and 262 m deep, Mongolia deepest lake. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. Mongolians call lake Khuvsgul the Ocean Mother.

Activities: Horse riding, hiking, trekking, boat travels
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 7.
Khuvsgul lake to Dayan Deerkhi Cave

Distance: 300 km
Driving duration: 7 hours

Dayan Deerkhi Cave:
This cave is located in the middle of Deerkhi cliffs, Tsagaan-Uul soum, Khuvsgul province. It is one of the Mongolian biggest caves. Inside the cave 450 sqm, more than 10 rooms, every direction there are doorways, many types of holy waters, and an interesting cave called Mother’s womb that one goes to the cave and can feel like a reborn to innocence. Dayan Deerkhi cave is worshipped by shamans and locals for centuries. There is a myth of a powerful shaman and Chinggis Khaan’s story is kept by locals. There are many praises and sutras of this cave used by Shamans and Buddhist monks when they do the spiritual rituals.
Just next to the cave, there is a Buddhist monastery called Dayan Deerkhi Khuree is open to the public.

Activities: Cave exploration, Trekking, Monastery visit,
Accommodation: Tourist camp Eg-Uur

Day 8.
Dayan Deerkhi Cave to Uran Togoo

Distance: 300 km
Driving duration: 6 hours

Uran Togoo:
The area is situated in the Khutag-Öndör district of Bulgan Province. A smaller area was initially protected in 1965 Again in 1995, it was designated as a Natural Monument with an area of 5,800 hectares. The peak over 1686 m, form a circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. The Uran and surrounding others are considered to be the remnant of an extinct stratovolcano which formed between about 20-25 thousand years ago.
Also, Uran's highest point provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the volcanic field, distant blue mountains and valleys filled by sheep herd like threw pearls on the green carpet. Uran Volcano also offers visitors excellent opportunities for observing and understanding volcanic formation. The large volcanic field surrounding the monument contains recognizable volcanoes such as Tulga, means "Tripod", Jalavch - "pot", Togoo - "cauldron" which are located 12 km south of the Uran mountain.

Activities: Hiking, local food, SIghtseeing, Photography
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 9.
Uran Togoo to Amarbayasgalant monastery

Distance: 280 km
Driving duration: 6 hours

Amarbayasgalant monastery:
Amarbayasgalant Monastery, whose name means ”monastery of the quiet felicity”, is located near the Selenge River, at the foot of Mount Burenkhan. It’s one of the three largest monasteries of Mongolia. The Manchu emperor Enkh Amgalan Khan built the monastery in the 18th century, in memory of the first Bogd Gegeen, Zanabazar, in order to keep and preserve his mortal remains. The construction began in 1727 and completed in 1737. 1200 langs (= 3730 kilograms or 8223 pounds) of silver coming from the state coffers were used to build this sumptuous monastery. The emperor personally wrote in four languages (Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu and Chinese) a message symbolizing his protection and his control. This was written on a sign suspended at the entrance of the main temple. It’s one of the rare monasteries that have partly avoided the destruction of 1937 by the Soviets. The buildings of the main part were spared and the thangkas, the statues and the manuscripts were looted. All the lamas in charge of the place were executed and the monastery has been neglected for 50 years. Since 1998, the lamas have been restoring the monastery and new statues have been ordered in New Delhi, India.
This monastery shows a real archaeological unity. The style is generally Chinese, with Mongolian and Tibetan influences. The place is symmetrical and the main buildings follow each other along a North-South axis; the other buildings are located on parallel lateral axis.
Today you can see 28 constructions, notably a two-storeyed temple covering an area of 32 square metres (344 square feet) and open for the ceremonies. This remarkable 300-years old construction proudly stands.

Activities: Monastery visits, Hiking, Photography, Sightseeing
Accommodation: Tourist camp

Day 10.
Amarbayasgalant monastery to Ulaanbaatar

Distance: 280 km
Driving duration: 6 hours

We will be leaving in the morning and head back to Ulaanbaatar. Goes back to the hotel and have some refreshment time. City tour with museums and do some cashmere shopping. The traditional folk art Concert with the great Tumen Ekh ensemble. And have a farewell dinner with all the travel crew members.
And until next time, Bayartai.

Activities: Tumen Ekh ensemble concert, Shopping
Museums:  Natural History Museum, Zanabazar fine art museum, Bogd Khaan’s palace museum, Choijin Lama museum
Accommodation: Hotel

In evidenza

Khustain Nuruu National Park

Khugnu Khan National Park

Khorgo and Terkhi National Park

Khuvsgul Lake

Dayan Deerkhi Cave

Uran Togoo Volcano

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Ulaanbaatar city tour

Horse riding

Nomadic family visits


What’s included in the Price?

English speaking guide at all times
10 nights accommodations based on twin/double occupancy;
     - 4-5 star hotel in the city – 2 nights
     - Best Ger camps in the countryside – 8 nights
All meals 24 as specified in the itinerary: Breakfast-10, Lunch-10 & Dinner -10
All relevant transfers and transportation + experienced drivers (4-5 pax will share a 4WD minivan or Jeep for countryside trip)
Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
National park and Attraction complex tickets
“Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance by “Tumen Ekh” ensemble
Visa invitation letter, if required
Included all taxes

What’s Not included in the Price?

International flights & visa fee
Travel & medical insurance 
Daily personal expenses


  1. Ulan Bator
  2. Khustai Mountains Rd
  3. Gurvanbulag
  4. Tariat
  5. Kharkhorin
  6. Khorgo Mountain
  7. Murun
  8. Dayan Deerkhi Cave
  9. Uran Togoo
  10. Erdenet City
  11. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
  12. Ulaanbaatar