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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. Make Khovsgol Nuur a part of your Ulaanbaatar vacation plans using our Ulaanbaatar itinerary maker.
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  • 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 »
  • We spent three nights staying in a ger camp by the Western shore of Khovsgol Lake and loved the idyllic experience. The lake is beautifully serene, especially when viewed from the slopes of the hill b...  more »
  • I spent 4 days exploring the Khovsol area. Hiking and riding horses. I felt sad seeing so much plastic, clothes (set aside the ubicuos vodka bottles) thrown away in the middle of the forest by locals....  more »