The deepest lake in Central Asia, Khuvsgul lake is known for its pristine nature, lush forest, crystal rivers and pure water. It was formed by tectonic force at 1645 m above sea level. The Khuvsgul lake is believed to hold 70% of the country’s freshwater and 0.4% of total freshwater in the world. If you wish to visit and explore the lake and its serene mountains, the lake is located at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains in the very north of Mongolia, near the Mongolia–Russia border. The frozen lake is used as a winter route on its 136 km surface during winter season between Mongolia’s northernmost village Khankh and Khatgal. The lake supports its marine inhabitants down to 50 m of its 262 m depth. The Lake Khovsgol and its surrounding areas are protected under categories of National Park and Strictly Protected Area. Popular travel activities you can take part include horse trekking, kayaking, leisure boating and trekking. Travel season in the Lake Khovsgol National Park is relatively short between the end of May and early September.
Darkhad ethnic Mongols and reindeer people (Dukha people) inhibit on either side of the lake who are known for their shamanic belief and culture. Various accommodations available on the west shore of the lake during tourism season. In order to reach Khuvsgul lake national park, you need to take 1 hour and 30 minutes flight to Murun followed by driving on tarmac road over 100 km. Alternatively, you can take two or three-day leisurely drive from Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar.
If you wish to see Khuvsgul lake, here is our recommended tour with horse trekking.