With its postcard-perfect sand dunes, ice canyon, and striking mountain range, Gurvan Saikhan National Park, is hands down one of Mongolia’s must-experience destinations.
Even if you're not interested in Dinosaurs, the unsettling beauty of Bayanzag is a good reason to come here. It’s a perfect example of desert rock, orange sands, scrub, sun, and vast emptiness. The cliffs seem to be formed by a knife cutting the earth, offset by the unsuspecting green valley below.
Come to Bayan-Olgii to see a completely different side of Mongolia: Kazakh culture, Kazakh people’s lifestyle, Eagle festivals, and the Eagle training culture. Bayan-Ulgii is also home to many Durved, Urianhai and Tuva people and many rare cultural heritages are being preserved there.
Baga Gazryn Chuluu
The awe-inspiring granite rocks of Baga Gazryn Chuluu – which means rocks in a small place in Mongolian – tower in the middle of lonely plains, and once protected Zanabazar during violent fights between the Khalkh and Oirat Mongols.
The pristine Lake Khuvsgul is Mongolia’s largest freshwater lake, and it is actually the sister lake to Baikal, the deepest in the world, across the border in Siberia. The lake is overwhelmingly beautiful, and the water is so pure that locals drink it directly from the lake.
The site of Naiman Nuur, which was shaped by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, has now been added into the 115-sq-km Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve. It is a pristine and wild area, with subalpine mountain meadows, and coniferous forests of Siberian Pine and Larch.
The scenic valley of Kharkhorin is impressive, and with a diverse selection of horse-trekking suppliers, this place is surely worth a lengthy visit. It is also within close proximity to a number of memorable sights, making it the most convenient place to base yourself to explore Övörkhangai aimag.
Hustai Mountain National Park
Only a mere 100 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar lies the Hustai Mountain National Park. The Park was established twenty years ago, specifically for the conservation of the Takhi, Mongolia’s native wild horse. Takhi meaning “worship worthy” in Mongolian.
Ulaanbaatar is a rapidly developing, fast-changing metropolis with a fascinating cultural mix of new and old. Theaters, museums, galleries, bars, and parks are some of the favorite places to enjoy for both the city’s visitors and locals alike.
Terkhiin Tsagaan, also known as White Lake, is a lake in the Khangai Mountain range in the center of Mongolia and located 2060 meters above sea level. Thanks to its high altitude, the lake remains completely frozen through the winter. It's known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.
A mere 55km northeast of Ulaanbaatar lies the Terelj region, which offers great opportunities for trekking, rock climbing, rafting, and horseback riding. With an altitude of 1600m, the area is quite cool and with a spectacular forested scenery.
Orkhon Valley is a renown steppe with a territory spanning eight soums (counties) of two provinces- Uvurhangai and Arhangai. Here you'll discover a true Mongolian nomadic culture, which is preserved and passed on through generations by the families of the valley. It's no surprise that UNESCO has recognized Orkhon Valley as a world heritage site.