Khovd Province and Lake Khar-Us

This part of Mongolia is home to several ethnic minorities and you may well wander upon Khalkh, Myangad, Durvud, Tuva, Oold or Zakchin families. Rest, ride, hike, visit local families, or search for more birds. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the rivers, lakes, and Altai mountains of the far west of Mongolia.

Day 1

You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and taken to the airport for your direct afternoon flight to Khovd. The flight will take about three and a half hours you will arrive in the provincial capital where you will be met by our local staff. You will later drive to a scenic spot on the Buyant River where a camp will be set up for the night. Enjoy your evening meal on the banks of the river, but don’t forget to take mosquito repellent in the summer months.


Day 2

Today you will have the opportunity to hike or hose ride in the vicinity of the lake. In the summer months there will be several local herding families that you will be able to visit. This part of Mongolia is home to several ethnic minorities and you may well wander upon Khalkh, Myangad, Durvud, Tuva, Oold or Zakhin families. Rest, ride, hike, visit local families, or search for more birds. This is your day to spend as you wish. You will be free to take a packed lunch with you if you choose to spend the whole day away from camp. Camp overnight.


Day 3

This morning we say goodbye to Lake Khar Us and head for the “Blue Caves” in Mankhan Sum. After a drive of about 50km you will reach a rocky valley with a small cave entrance situated several metres above the valley bottom. The main reason to visit Tsenkheriin Agui or the Blue Cave is to see the ancient cave paintings, which date back somewhere between 15000 - 40000 years. Take a strong torch and you will be able to find pictures of wild goats, camels, an ostrich, and other larger mammals. Wear a good pair of hiking boots and try to avoid the piles of bird guano. We will camp in the vicinity of the cave and you will be able to meet local families and hike in the hills.


Day 4

We will drive the 90km or so back to Khovd after a relaxing breakfast. You will be able to spend the afternoon exploring the town. Sights you may want to see include the local museum, the Sangiin Kherem Manchu Ruins, the local Buddhist temple, and the local market. We will once again camp along the banks of the River Buyant.


Day 5

Today you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Depending on flight times you may have some time for a nearby hike or another look around Khovd. On your return to Ulanbaatar you will be transferred to your hotel.

Prices per person:
1 pax US$
2 pax US$
3-4 pax US$
5-9 pax US$
10+ pax US$

Prices include the following:

2 domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia, tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, all sightseeing costs, transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse/camel men and camp assistants.


Prices do not include:

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.

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