One of the most breathtaking national parks in Mongolia, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, granted its name from Altai Mountain Range and its highest five peaks, Tavan Bogd, which sits on the westernmost edge of Mongolia, bordering Mongolia with its two neighbors Russia and China. The national park covers 6362 km2 area, including the lakes Khoton, Khurgan, and Dayan, which can be found after a day of driving south from the peaks.
The five peaks are called Kuiten, Nairamdal, Burged, Malchin, and Olgii. The tallest one, Khuiten Peak, is 4374m above sea level, and it requires professional mountain climbing gear. Only the Malchin peak accepts climbers without heavy equipment in good weather.
Out of the countries that share the massif, the largest glaciated area is in Mongolia. It includes Potanin Glacier and the Alexandra Glacier both lie between the five peaks.
Being insanely difficult to reach either get through with even 4×4 vehicles, the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is trekkers’ paradise, and has so much to offer for adventurers. Mountain climbing, trekking, horse trekking, and mountain biking are the ways to immerse oneself in virgin nature.
Apart from its great beauty of nature, the national park houses some of the fantastic examples of petroglyphs. Known as Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai, there are several spots that the thousands of years old rock art can be found, including complexes of Tsagaan Salaa and Shiveet Khairkhan. Balbal stones or stone man and burial mounds are often seen in the area.
The lakes Khoton and Khurgan offer a picturesque scene for photographers, and it is an excellent place to spend a day just relaxing. Baga Turgen waterfall is close to the lakes, and it’s worth exploring.