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Khovsgol Nuur, Mongolia

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Enjoy pristine nature at Khovsgol Nuur, one of the clearest lakes in the world and the largest lake in Mongolia. Known as the "Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia," this ancient 125 km (78 mi) long lake stands at the foot of the Sayan Mountains, close to the Russian border. Surrounded by the Khoridol Saridag mountains rising to 3,093 m (10,148 ft), the lake serves as a transition zone between steppe and taiga landscape. You can rent fishing gear and try to catch some perch, burbot, lenok, salmon and sturgeon. The endangered and endemic Havsgol grayling also inhabits the lake. If you don't want to go fishing yourself, you can buy fish from local markets and have a barbecue. Take a boat trip to Cormorant Island, enjoying the clarity of the water and the wildlife that thrives in it. To visit Khovsgol Nuur on your trip to Ulaanbaatar, use our Ulaanbaatar trip planner .
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  • We spent two days in a field ger on the Lake during our tour in Mongolia. Very nice and relaxing in the summer definitely popular with the Mongols who consider him their sea, but at the end of August, when we went, there was no one left, all the clubs were closed and there was no possibility of making no hike ... shame ... There you are bored a bit.
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  • Got here after a long way on the bad roads of mongolia, and this was amazing the difference between the steppe all the way till the lake, and then in this area a change to many trees (and also many ar...  more »
  • I have never ever seen a lake that clear. n a good day you can see the ground up to 40m deep. I is certainly a must see when you are in Mongolia  more »

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The capital city of Ulaanbaatar doesn't disappoint when it comes to its choice of accommodations, with a range of styles and types to choose from. The usual place to look lies to the northeast of the main train station, in the central district that surrounds Chinggis Khaan Square. Luxury and non-luxury chain hotels, some storied older hotels, and a variety of fairly standard options abound across this central district, close to the main urban attractions. Dotted throughout are a number of guesthouses, providing value for money mid-range and budget options, including some offering shared "gers" (traditional Mongolian sleeping tents).
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