Khovd Travel Guide

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Khovd is the biggest city in Western Mongolia and 1425 km far away from the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. The flight takes 1 hour 45 minutes. The journey from Ulaanbaatar to Khovd by car will be taken in 3-4 days.   It (48°00N, 91°38E) is situated at the foot of the Mongolia Altai Mountains, in the valley of the Buyant Gol River.


The city has a population of 35000.

There are sixteen distinct ethnic groups living in Khovd province--each with their own distinctive literary, cultural, artistic, and musical traditions. The Khalkh, Zakhchin, Torgood, Oeld, Durved, Myangad, Uriankhai, Monchog and Kazakh.


  Khovd is known throughout the region for its watermelon harvest in the late summer, as well as the high quality of its seasonal meat products.


T he stunning beauty of the magnificent Mongolia Altai Mountains region of Western Mongolia offers a variety of possibilities for hiking, walking, trekking, cycling, mountain biking, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife encounter-photography, bird-watching and horseback riding. The permanently snow-capped peaks with glaciers and picturesque valleys, the rugged rocks, the sparkling fresh water lakes and crystal clear rivers so pure that you can drink from them.   Altai Mountain is one of the last true wilderness areas of Asia, remote, fascinating and undiscovered. The Altai Mountain offers a remarkable experience for active adventure lovers. Trip highlights is the magnificent Altai Mountain region with a visit to a Kazakhs family, Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority. Kazakhs have a unique and extraordinary tradition in training    Golden Eagles to hunt small prey.



The Khar Us Nuur (Black Water Lake) is located in the center great lakes basin approximately 25 km east of Khovd, and is Mongolian second largest and fresh water lake. That's why it is an important point for migrating birds. The lake is a best place to watching birdlife.   You can count up to 300 different species of water and wetland birds including Dalmatian Pelicans, Relict Gulls, Black Stock, Bar-Headed Goose, Eurasian or White Spoonful, Great White Egret.

Khar Us Lake National Park was established in 1997 on WWF recommendation.   

The best time to visit and watching birdlife to the lake is in late of March, April, May, late August, September and October.




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