Have You Ever Thought of Going to Mongolia?

Ever since the collapse of communism, Mongolia has done just about the whole thing in its influence to expose herself up to the world. While the old customs persist and the wild nature is still generally undamaged, Mongolia has also stretched out to the West for financial and social ties.

Darkhad Depression
This fantastically beautiful place with some 200 lakes is the lake district of Mongolia at lower altitude than Lake Khovsgol. The lakes are surrounded by steppes, along with deep taiga forests bordering Siberia (Sayan Mountains) and Tuva.  While in Darkhad meet a remarkable nomadic people called the Dukha ( Tsataan by outsiders) they are reindeer breeding nomads. They live in summer in the high taiga forest zones approx 2000 meters above sea level in the East Sayan Mountains along the Russian/Mongolian border with Tuva. In the winter they come down to the valleys.

Altai Tavan Bogd national Park
Altai Tavan Bogd national Park is in Bayan-Ulgii Province, Mongolia. It covers 6362 square kilometres and is located south of Tavan Bogd, the highest mountain of Mongolia. It includes the lakes Khoton, Khurgan, and Dayan. The protected area is inhabited by species such as the Argali sheep, Ibex, Red deer, Beech marten, Moose, Snow cock, and Golden eagle. There are a lot of activities to do in this park. High alpine and very serious climbing, backcountry skiing (may spring skiing is great!), fishing, great mountain trekking, horse and camel trekking, whitewater kayak and rafting, and learning about and experiencing the unique khazakh culture of the area.

Khövsgöl Nuur
Khövsgöl Nuur 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. In English it is called Lake Khövsgöl It 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.

Otgon Tenger Uul
Otgon Tenger Uul is located in Zavkhan Province and the only mountain of the Khangai range that is capped with a glacier. Many sacred mountains in Mongolia are said to have ferocious deities. The deity of the Otgontenger is Ochirvaani. These ferocious deities emerged after Buddhism was introduced in Mongolia.

Arkhangai is a region in Mongolia. After the People’s Revolution won in 1921 throughout Mongolia reforms in administrative unit were made and the Tsetserleg Mandal Uul aimag was established on the foundation of Sain Noyon Khan aimag. A popular activity here for the travellers is the Blue lake trekking. Trek to the beautiful Khukh Nuur (Blue Lake) in Arkhangai Province, located at the top of the Arkhangai Mountains. This is a challenging route and you will be trekking up to 20 km a day yet amazingly picturesque, as Arkhangai is known to Mongolians as the “Horse Breeders Paradise” for its beauty.

Kharkhiraa Uul & Türgen Uul
The twin peaks of Kharkhiraa Uul (4037m) and Türgen Uul (3965m), which dominate the western part of the aimag, are curiously almost equidistant between Achit, Üüreg and Uvs nuurs. As vital sources of the Uvs Nuur, the mountains are part of the Uvs Nuur Strictly Protected Area. In summer, the area has some excellent hiking opportunities and the chance to meet Khoton nomads who graze their flocks in the area. Khoton people are famed throughout Mongolia as shamans.

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
The park is named for the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, which translates to the Three Beauties. The name is derived from three subranges, the East, Middle and West Beauty. The range forms the eastern half of the park. Today it is now a national park in southern Mongolia. The park was established in 1993, and expanded to its current size in 2000. The park, at nearly 27,000 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Mongolia. Notable sites here are the Yol Canyon, Bayanzag (Red Flamming Cliffs), Khongoryn Eels (Singing Sand Dunes), Khermen Tsav, Energy Center.

Amarbayasgalant Khiid
Amarbayasgalant Khiid is in Mongolia. It is once one of the three largest Buddhist centres in Mongolia located near the Selenge River in the Iven Valley, at the foot of Mount Büren-Khaan in Baruunbüren sum (district) of Selenge Province in northern Mongolia. The nearest town is Erdenet which is about 60 km to the southwest.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the national parks of Mongolia. It's a rather mountainous area with a beautiful river, forests and some interestingly shaped rocks. A popular view for the tourists here is The Turtle Rock

By the early 20th century, Ulaanbaatar or Ikh Khüree had a population of 25,000, of whom some 10,000 were Buddhist monks or monastery workers. In 1911, with the Qing Dynasty in China headed for total collapse, Mongolian leaders in Ikh Khüree for Naadam met in secret and resolved to end more than 200 years of Manchu control of their country. Today it is an independent municipality, the city is not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is over one million. While in Ulaanbaatar visit the Gandan Monastery (Gandantegchinlen Khiid) it is the main monastery in the city has services around 10AM every morning. It is one of the few monasteries in the country that escaped the communist purges during the 1930s.


trekking in Pakistan said...

That Place reminder me a Hero Ganges Khan and I wish I have to be there next year for trekking and discover this Historic land.

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