Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is located in the very west part of Mongolia in Bayan-Ulgii province.
The park has some of the most stunning scenery in all of Mongolia with splendid snow capped mountains, pristine lakes, large lush valleys. The park has two main regions, the Tavan Bogd Mountains in the northwest and the Lakes Region to the southeast. Glacial melt and annual snow fall supplies three large lakes inside the park that form the source of Hovd River.
Tavan Bogd Mountains are the highest mountains in Mongolia, with Khuiten Uul ('Cold Peak') at 4374 m (14,201 ft) being the highest. These permanently snow capped mountains form a bowl around the Potanin Glacier, which covers 23 square km. The other peaks are Nairamdal ('Friendship', 4180 m), Malchin ('herder', 4050 m), Bürged ('Eagle', 4068 m) and Olgii ('Craddle', 4050 m). From the peak of Kuiten Uul, it is possible to see Kazakhstan 30 km away on a clear day.
Lakes Region is a beautiful area surrounding 3 large fresh water lakes. Khurgan Nuur and Khoten Nuur are attached by a small channel with a many small creeks flowing into the lakes from surrounding mountains. Two of these creeks form waterfalls of 7 to 10 m in height. A small bridge crosses the channel. These lakes are full of fish and many species of bird. Dayan Nuur is a smaller lake 20 km south of the 2 larger lakes.