KhubsgulKhubsgul Lake is located in the northern part of Mongolia. Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khuvsgul is Mongolia's deepest fresh lake. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia and is frozen from January until April or May. Taiga Fauna and Flora and Tsaatan (reindeer breeding people) are the main attractions for tourists. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long, 36 km wide, 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level. Covering an area of over 1300 square miles, the lake is surrounded by forested mountains and lush meadow. The lake is rich in taimen and other fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok. Also it holds a lot of birds. The lake has 4 islands, Modon hui, Hadan hui, Dalain hui, Baga hui(translate: wooden navel, rocky navel, sea navel, small navel). Two towns, Khatgal in the south and Khankh in the north both within Lake Khuvsgul National Park boundaries, are connected by a jeep trail skirting the lake’s eastern shore. A ferry boat operates between the two towns.
Khoridol Saridag range
Khoridol Saridag is near Khubsgul Lake in the forest steppe zone. It is a splendid mountain of lime stone with high pointed peaks. Its highest peak reaches 3200 meters. The eastern side of this mountain is included in the Strictly Protected Area of Mongolia and is rich in rare animals and birds such as Siberian Elk, Osprey, white tailed sea Eagles and Forest Reindeer.
Tsaatan People (Reindeer Breeding People)Darkhad valley is famous for the special white breeds horses, large tailed sheep and enormous bulls. Different ethnic groups live within the park: Khalkh, Buryat, Darkhat. 30 families of Tsaatan (Reindeers) live in the taiga and forest steppe of the north and west, retaining their ancestral culture based on shamanistic rituals and nomadic reindeer herding. The reindeer breeder’s families have been living from ancient times among the Majestic Snowy Mountains near the Khubsgul Lake. Tsaatan breed reindeer, use them for transport, as well as consuming their milk and meat. The Tsaatan engage in hunting to meet their essential needs.
Amarbayasgalant MonasteryThe Amarbayasgalant Monastery or "monastery of tranquil felicity", once one of the three largest Buddhist centres in Mongolia is located near the Selenge River in the Iven Valley, at the foot of Mount Büren-Khaan in Baruunbüren sum (district) of Selenge Province in northern Mongolia. The architectural design belongs to G. Zanabazar and the monastery itself was built to honour the memory of him. Looking for a site for building, the exploratory group met two boys, Amur and Bayasqulangtu, playing in a steppe, and decided to build the future monastery at that site and name the monastery after those children.