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Lake Khuvsgul

Introduction

Lake Khuvsgul is one of the most pristine large bodies of water of Asia, situated at 1645 meters above sea level. It is the twin lake of Baikal and its waters are equally blue. The setting is spectacular with Siberian taiga and the Horidal Saridag Mountain Range to the west. The lake is almost devoid of any ships, and is transparent to depth of 16-25 meters. There is lenok trout and an endemic grayling in the lake. It stretches some 125 km from north to south and is 262 meters deep. It is not as deep as Baikal, but is part of the Baikal Rift system, which resulted from the pressures associated with the collision between India and Asia some 55 million years ago. Lake Baikal is 200 km away and 1200 meters below inside Russia
You will fly on a domestic flight to Moron, the aimag capital of Khuvsgul. You will stay in a ger camp at a secluded bay on the Ardavhar Peninsula. All meals will be served in the ger camp or as a picnic. A local guide will meet you when landing at either of the two locations. Moron airport is 110 km and 3 hours from Hatgal village (102 km), which is located at the southernmost tip of the lake. Weather permitting, you will be transferred to the Ardavhar Peninsula by boat which is a half hour north of Hatgal.

Trip Details

Itinerary
Tour Dates
Prices
Practicalities

DAY 1: TO LAKE KHUVSGUL
Arrival at Moron airport. If you start your journey in Ulaanbaatar pick up at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar is included. Transfer 3 hours from to Hatgal and on to Ardavhar Peninsula by boat.

DAY 2: LAKE KHUVSGUL NATIONAL PARK
Ardavhar is a simple ger camp on the peninsula, located in a secluded bay all on its own. The shoreline is spectacular, with forested hills coming straight down into the blue lake. We will hike up the hills and over to Somo Had, a sacred point of rocks jutting into the lake. It is worshipped by the locals, who travel there and leave hadags and others offerings.

DAY 3: LAKE KHUVSGUL NATIONAL PARK
We will hike through the forest for a few kilometers until we reach the steppe, where several nomadic families live and where we will have a visit with these hardy people.

DAY 4 TO MÖRÖN
A.m. Supported by a yak cart, which will carry our luggage to the departure point, we will travel by boat for about half an hour to Hatgal village. Transfer from there to Mörön airport. If you fly to Ulaanbaatar transfer on arrival to your hotel in town.

ITINERARY MAP

DATES EX. ULAANBAATAR:

Approximately mid June to mid September daily.

PRICE EX ULAANBAATAR:

2 -12 members: USD 1200 per person

Single supplement (3n): USD 120

TRANSPORT:
This tour is supported by a jeep or minibus depending on the number of travelers. The approach to Ardavhar peninsula is by boat directly onto the beach.

ACCOMMODATION:
We stay in Ger (yurt) Camps for the duration of this trip. These permanent camps are equipped with a restaurant and shared bathroom and shower blocks.

STAFF:
An English-speaking Mongolian guide will accompany you at all times. Other language guides such as Russian, French, German, Italian, Korean etc. available at additional cost, upon request.

MEALS:
The meals will be provided in the ger camps, or as picnic lunches.

ADDITIONAL:
We can organize hotel accommodation, city tours and transfers in Ulaanbaatar.

INCLUDES:
Guide, all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in ger camps. All local transport and entrance fees. Domestic flight tickets.

EXCLUDES:
Beverages. Transfers and accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Air or train tickets in and out Mongolia. The luggage allowance (including a hand luggage) is 15 kg, and above that overweight must be paid.