Khovsgol Nuur, Khovsgol Province

#8 of 27 in Parks in Mongolia
Enjoy pristine nature at Khovsgol Nuur, one of the clearest lakes in the world and the largest lake in Mongolia. Known as the "Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia," this ancient 125 km (78 mi) long lake stands at the foot of the Sayan Mountains, close to the Russian border. Surrounded by the Khoridol Saridag mountains rising to 3,093 m (10,148 ft), the lake serves as a transition zone between steppe and taiga landscape. You can rent fishing gear and try to catch some perch, burbot, lenok, salmon and sturgeon. The endangered and endemic Havsgol grayling also inhabits the lake. If you don't want to go fishing yourself, you can buy fish from local markets and have a barbecue. Take a boat trip to Cormorant Island, enjoying the clarity of the water and the wildlife that thrives in it. To visit Khovsgol Nuur on your trip to Khovsgol Province, use our Khovsgol Province trip planner .
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  • Stayed at a Gur camp on the edge of the lake. We were in high season for local tourists and there were many folk around but easy to trek away from crowds.  more »
  • Lake Khuvsgul is the second largest lake in Mongolia. It is very clear, but unfortunately usually remains relatively cold (estimated below 15 ° C). For this, the mountains on the west bank invite you to hike and other excursions. The southwest of the lake is very much developed for tourism, but if you manage to advance further north (for example, wandering or riding) it becomes very quiet. The weather is a bit changeable at times, but for me that adds to the allure of the area.
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