Hiking and horseback riding at Lake Hovsgol
Our trip begins with a flight north to Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia’s “Mother Sea” which contains 1% of the world’s 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water. The lake is headwaters to world’s largest fresh water lake, the mighty Baikal, located in Russian Siberia north of Mongolia. Lake Hovsgol National Park covers approximately 1.2 million hectares and includes the entire Lake Hovsgol watershed, the source of the Eg River, and to the east the upper headwaters of the Uur River, a tributary of the Eg. These rivers are home to the world’s largest fresh water trout, Hucho Taimen.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar / Lake Hovsgol
After breakfast, fly north to Muron (1.5 hours), the capital of Hovsgol Province, and continue overland to Lake Hovsgol (approximately 4 hours), passing through Mongolian steppe land and forested mountains. Mongolia’s largest lake by water volume, it extends 85 miles in length, and 18 miles in width, and is fed by over 90 streams and rivers. Water exits the lake only through one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach Lake Baikal in neighboring Siberia. This crystal-clear alpine lake, known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl,” remains untouched by industry and is situated among the most pristine forests, mountains and meadows in the world. Bird life and wildflowers abound and you will have ample time to discover the lake's secrets in the following days.
Day 2 Horsetrek in the Khoridal Saridag Mountains / Kayaking
In the morning, begin your horse trek into the breathtakingly scenic Khoridal Saridag Mountains, bordering the western shore of Lake Hovsgol, where you will gain spectacular views of the lake from mountaintop. In the afternoon, enjoy kayaking at the lake waters. Overnight in gers.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, return to Murun for your afternoon flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon, transfer to the hotel. (B)
- UB - Murun round-trip flight;
- Accommodations in a ger at a tourist class ger camp;
- 3 daily meals as indicated as B, L or D;
- All transfers by private Land Cruiser, including drinking water;
- English speaking guide with local knowledge, expertise, suggestions, and support throughout trip;
- All taxes and service charges.
Prices do not include:
International airfare; personal laundry and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary; travel insurance; medical evacuation costs; excess baggage charges; visa fees; gratuities; photography and video fees and any other item not mentioned as included.