lake-khuvsgul

Lake Khuvsgul

the twin lake of Baikal in Mongolia

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

Brief Outline Itinerary

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
Lake Khuvsgul
4 Days / 3 Nights

Trip Details

Itinerary

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

Tour Dates

DATES ex. Ulaanbaatar: 2018

  • Approximately mid June to mid September daily.
Prices

PRICE ex Ulaanbaatar:

USD 1200 per person (minimum 2 members)

Single ger supplement (3n):

USD 120 per person

Additional night at Ardavhar:

USD 100 per day including all meals.

Includes: 

Local guide, all meals outside Ulaanbaatar, all overnights in ger camps in double occupancy and all surface transport and entrance fees.

Excludes: 

Imported drinks, transfer and hotel nights in Ulaanbaatar are excluded and may be added to our services.

The luggage allowance (including the hand luggage) is 15 kg, and above that overweight must be paid.

Practicalities

Practicalities:

Transport:

This journey is supported by a jeep or minibus on the jeep road tracks.

Staff:

A Mongolian English-speaking local guide will accompany you at all times.

Meals:

The meals will be provided in the ger camp, or as picnics.

Overnights:

The gers have double occupancy and are furnished with beds, stools and a table. WC and showers are in communal shower blocks. It is possible to put a third bed in the ger, making it into a triple.  There is a lake side log house sauna at camp.

Hazard:

You need to plan to stay in Mongolia for at least 2 nights after the return from Lake Hövsgöl. Flights from the interior may cancel due to poor visibility (rain/fog), which is why there needs to be some “rubber” time built in to the itinerary to ensure that you arrive back in time for your international flight departure. The approach to Ardavhar peninsula is by boat directly onto the beach. While for most wind directions the shore is not that exposed, the lake can be choppy and windy to the extent we will use alternative arrangements to get there.

What our guests say

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  • Living the mongolian way

    Great place to stay and experience mongolian way of living, no tv, wifi, phone. Just nature and great company of the staff and livestocks of mongolia. The toilet is a hole in the ground covered by a shed. It is clean, but can be smelly to those used to city life. Not hot water supply, inform the staff that you like to hot water half an hour earlier so that they can boil it over camel dung 🙂

    5 star rating

    joycel
  • Living the mongolian way

    Great place to stay and experience mongolian way of living, no tv, wifi, phone. Just nature and great company of the staff and livestocks of mongolia. The toilet is a hole in the ground covered by a shed. It is clean, but can be smelly to those used to city life. Not hot water supply, inform the staff that you like to hot water half an hour earlier so that they can boil it over camel dung 🙂

    5 star rating

    joycel

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