Mystical Lake Hovsgol (“Blue Water Lake”), sacred to Mongolians, is 85 miles long and 18 miles wide, and ringed by 9,000-foot peaks, pristine larch forests, and wildflower-filled meadows. Home to traditional nomad families and their herds, the lake is a sublime place to enjoy nature walks and cultural interactions. Hovsgol lies at the southern end of the Baikal Rift zone and is a sister to Baikal in Siberia.
(Note: This itinerary is for a post-trip extension; call us for details regarding a pre-trip extension.)
Ulaanbaatar / Lake Hovsgol
After a morning at leisure, take a quick flight to Muron, capital of Hovsgol Province. From here, a 4- to 5-hour drive on a rugged road brings you to remote Lake Hovsgol, one of the most beautiful regions of Mongolia. This crystal-clear alpine lake, known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl,” remains untouched by industry and is set among some of the most pristine forests and mountains in the world. Accommodations at the lake are in welcoming two-person gers specially designed for visitors and modeled after the traditional tents of nomadic herders. A Western-style toilet and shower facility is located in a central ger-style building (there are no private facilities in the rooms) and there is a large ger dining tent where all meals are served...LD
Explore the lakeshore on foot or by horseback, with optional kayaking excursions. Overnights in ger camp...BLD each day
Ulaanbaatar / Depart
Return to Muron on Day 4, with a picnic lunch en route at beautiful Lake Irkh, and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Depart on Day 5...BLD on Day 4, B on Day 5
3 nights comfortable ger tents, 1 night hotel
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Walking, Cultural Adventures
Light hiking; optional kayaking and horseback riding
A visa is not required for US citizens visiting Mongolia. However, if you are traveling via China, a Chinese visa might be required (obtained in advance) depending on the duration of your stay. Please call for details.