GoGo Travel is delivering the must-see places of each 21 aimags of Mongolia as series for our travelholic readers. We start from Arkhangai aimag, located west of the country's center – on the northern slopes of the Khangai mountains.
Arkhangai aimag covers total of 55,313.82 km2 areas and has 84,584 residents. The main field of economy in the aimag is agriculture, predominantly animal husbandry. According to 2004 data, the aimag was home to about 2 million livestock: goats, sheep, yaks, khainags, horses and camels.
The aimag center Tsetserleg was established at the site of the Zaya Khuree monastery, which had been first founded in 1586.
There are currently no flights to Arkhangai aimag. The Post Bus travels daily to Tsetserleg, leaving from Dragon Center in Ulaanbaatar at 8:00 am. The price of a ticket is around 20,000 MNT. Small microbuses and taxis also travel daily to Tsetserleg from Dragon Center.
1. CHULUUT RIVER
Chuluut is a mountain river flowing through a sheer basalt canyon from the valleys of the Khangai Mountains and locates at 30 km from Tariat soum of Arkhangai province. It is 415 km long, the maximum depth is 3 m. The basalt is formed of lava of nearby Khorgo extinct volcano and other volcanos. Chuluut canyon stretches 25 km in long and at height of 20 m.
The Chuluut river is rich in fish and it is a perfect destination for canoeing or kayaking trip.
2. KHORGO VOLCANO
Khorgo mountain is an extinct volcano, which locates in Tariat soum at an altitude of 2240 meters above sea level and about 170 km away from Tsetserleg, center of Arkhangai aimag. Khorgo is rich in beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid streams, rivers, lakes, extinct volcanoes, green forests and pastures, where the long-haired yaks and horses pasture.
The mountain is covered with basalt and was registered in State protection as a National Park of 28 square kilometers areas in 1994. Crater of the Khorgo volcano is about 300-400 meter in diameter, 200 meters wide and 100 meters deep.
The Khorgo volcano erupted around 9 thousand years ago and its hot lava flowed down the East of the volcano along 100 kilometers. It is surrounded by many tourist attractions including a cave for single man, Youth cave, Hell of Yellow Dog and Seven stone ger.
3. LAKE TERKHIIN TSAGAAN
The lake Terkhiin Tsagaan is located near the Khorgo volcano on its eastern end. The lake is around 16km long, east to west, and around 4km to 6km wide, north to south. Most of ger camps and the best camping spots are strung out along the northern lakeshore.
According to legend, the lake was formed when an elderly couple forgot to cap a well after fetching water. The valley was flooded until a local hero shot a nearby mountain top with his arrow; the shorn top covered the well and became an island in the lake.
Around the lake, you can try numerous fun activities such as swimming, horse riding, fishing, sailing, bird watching and camping.
4. SUVARGA KHAIRKHAN MOUNTAIN
The Suvraga Khairkhan is a mountain of the Khangai Mountains, locates in Tsenkher soum of Arkhangai aimag. It has an elevation of 3,179 metres (10,430 ft).
The mountain feeds rivers Orkhon, Tamir and Tsetserleg and its a state worshipped holy mountain, while The State Worshipping Ceremony takes place on top of the Suvraga khairkhan mountain every four years.
You can trek up to the mountains with the support of horses and camels. The area is wild and has abundant wildlife including wolf, fox, bear and deer.
Except above mentioned attractions Arkhangai aimag has numerous places to visit such as Tamir river, Taikhar rock, Bulgan mountain. The best months to visit is June to September. Most travel companies offer interesting tours to these places.
May your trip will be fun, unforgettable and full of memories.
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