Lake Khovsgol Horsetrek

by Andre



Our most popular ride in Khovsgol National Park was for 10 days. On horseback we crossed the Jigleg Pass by the lake Khovsgol come back through Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range.Our Guides will drove us through the best spots of the area, handled and prepared the horses and pack horses, explained and showed us Mongolian riding skills and prepared the meals.The Guides knows very well the area and corganised horse trips corresponding to our needs.Above of all we feeled friendship, laughs and we know Mongolian songs and games.Ofcourse more about herders culture and life style.Bonda Lake Camp has arranged experienced local guides, transportations food and accommodations for our horsetrek in Khovsgol

Khovsgol Province in Northern Mongolia is best known for its beautiful lake - the locals call it "Mother Ocean" There are few roads in these parts and all the local people use horses to travel in the area. In the winter the huge lake is frozen and people take their horses and sleighs on the ice up to the Siberian border to trade.Khovsgol lake is surrounded by forests and mountains full of wild animals and birds.
Known as the " Blue Pearl", Lake Khovsgol, is the largest and deepest lake in Mongolia and Central Asia.It is 1,645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. With 2,760 m2, it holds almost 70% of Mongolia's freshwater.The highest point is Munk Sardik mountain(3,492 m), which has its peak north of the lake on the Russian-Mongolian border.The surface of the lake freezes over completely in winter. The ice cover gets strong enough to carry heavy trucks . However, this shortcut to normal roads is now forbidden to prevent pollution the lake.Lake surrounded by mountains, meadows and forest. The area is a complete contrast to the rest of Mongolia, home to a wild sheep, ibex, bear and Moose, as well as over 200 species of birds. An amazing 90 rivers flow into the lake, but only a single one flows out - the Egiin Gol River making it strikingly similar to the Siberian Lake Baikal in Russia. To reach Lake Khovsgol popular sites, travelers must first
overcome a distance of 670 km from Ulaanbaatar to the closest settled town /Muren/. It can be done by local plane or a jeep.
This area covers the territory of Ulaan-uul and Rerichiniknurnbe villages of Khovsgol province and occupies 188,634 hectares of land; it was taken under state special protection in 1997 by Parliament Resolution . Khoridol Saridag mountain range region is described as vertical in that region, such as tundra, taiga, forested steppe and mountainous area, which are greatly different in terms of nature, environment and landscape but located close to each other. The highest peak is Delgerkhaan Uul (3093m), two other notable peaks are Ih Uul (2961m) and Uran Dush Uul (2702m) on the shores of Khovsgol lake.Due to this characteristic, it is the home of many bio-diversity of tundra soil which have become rare and very rare and wildlife species (argali, ibex, sibirian moose, snowcock, sable, etc). A part of argali and ibex population inhabit this area.
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.
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.
They are reindeer herdsmen. They also hunt sable for their valued furs. They have animistic beliefs. Shamanism has survived to this day in the northern areas of Khovsgol province. They speak a completely different language, which essentially is the Tuvan urianhai, hence a Turkic language. They live in dwellings called urtz, which resemble tepees or Lapp tents. The Dukha are the southernmost indigenous people herding reindeer. They do not traditionally keep reindeer for meat and pelts, as other circumpolar reindeer herding peoples. Rather they use their reindeer for transport and milk. The Mongolian reindeer is bigger in size compared to the Scandinavian equivalents.

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