Great Lakes Basin

The Great Lakes Basin, together with the Altai Mountains and Lake Hövsgöl, make up the Altai Sayan region, one of WWF’s global 200 Ecoregions, so designated for its extraordinary value as biodiversity hot spots.

The Great Lakes Basin forms part of the Central Asian enclosed basin into which rivers such as Hovd and Zavhan drains. The landscape is quite similar to the highland region of Changtang in Tibet, with the addition of numerous big lakes. In the distance there are the snow-capped mountains of Harhiraa and Turgen in Uvs province, Tsambagarav Uul and Höh Serhiin Nuruu straddling the Hovd and Bayan-Ölgii provinces. Jargalant Hairhan Uul is a stand alone ridge in the middle of Khar Us Nuur National Park.

There are many Mongol ethnic groups in Hovd province, but they can’t be easily distinguished from each other. There are also some ethnic Kazakhs.

How to travel there:
There are flights from Ulaanbaatar to Hovd, during summer, most days of the week. Nomadic Journeys has partnered with WWF Mongolia to work with community enterprise Altain Nuudelchin for Khar Us Nuur National Park and Altan Hökhii Mountain, which is included  on Altai Mountains, Great Lakes and Sands itinerary. It is designed for indivduals no more than six people travelling together, where we offer private ger camp accommodation in a 360 degree landscape.

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