Hiking Trekking Khuvsgul Lake Northern Mongolia

Trekking by Lake Khuvsgul

Northern Mongolia

14 Days
2 Flights
Not Child Friendly

Known to many as one of Mongolia’s most beautiful regions, Lake Khuvsgul is surrounded by high mountains reaching some 3000 meters (over 9800 feet) above sea level. To the south of the Lake lies the Khoridal-Saridag mountain range, featuring some of Mongolia’s most stunning landscapes. From wide, pebble covered river beds, surrounded by flower carpeted meadows, to narrow paths amidst thick pine forests. Our trek will lead us through mountain passes where stone made cairns have been built over the centuries to worship the mountains spirits. Join us on this special trekking and camping adventure, through some of the world’s remotest and least known trekking gems. The trek will be supported by a local team, and all our equipment will be carried throughout the trek by pack animals.

Recommended months for Khuvsgul Lake Trek Tour are from June and August. Please contact us for more details.

Next Departures




  • Dinner

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Depending on time of arrival, we may have a short city sight-seeing tour. Evening welcome dinner. Overnight in a 4-star hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we return to the airport for our morning flight to Murun, the provincial capital of Khuvsgul Province. We stop for a quick visit to the Buddhist Temple at the city’s outskirt, and then at the local provincial market. Then we have a one hour drive to the village of Khatgal, the gateway to Lake Khovsgol region, and the home port of the entire Mongolian fleet. From Khatgal, we take another short drive towards our first night of bush camping.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

For the coming 4 days we shall be trekking north along vast river beds, across mountain passes, through thick pine forests and flourishing meadows. We head towards the village of Renchinlumbe, which lies at the edge of the Darkhad Khotgor (depression). Darkhad Khotgor is a wide valley of lakes and rivers, nestled some 1500 meters above sea level. It is at the heart of the Khoridal Saridag Mountain Range, which is the highest mountain range at the Sayan Mountains. The area is inhabited by various minorities, among them the Darkhad, Khotgoid, Buriyats and Durvud. It is unlikely we shall see very much of the nomads, as the entire area is a nature reserve, so they are not allowed to graze their herds there. For 3 nights we shall be bush camping, with our entire luggage carried by horses from one bush camp to the other. On the very last leg of these 4 days we meet our cars, which take us to a simple, yet cozy guesthouse, where we enjoy our first hot shower for days.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We enjoy a morning of leisure, resting from the past 4 days of intensive trekking. After lunch at the guesthouse, we take a short hike out of the village of Renchilumbe, to a family of Mongolian herders that camp in the summer by the river bed. We arrive at our host family in the early afternoon and spend the evening with them. There we learn about their ancient traditions and unique way of life. We pitch our tents next to the family’s dwelling, and spend the night with them.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Another 4 days of trekking brings us from the Darkhad Depression to Lake Khuvsgul. After a farewell breakfast with our host family, we travel up the Arsai River towards Jigliig Mountain Pass, separating the Darkhad Depression from Khuvsgul Lake. From Jigliig pass we hike down the mountain range to the lake’s shores. Here we enjoy a walk along the pristine beaches of crystal blue water and blooming flowers in all colors. After last night of camping by the lakeside, we meet our cars which will bring us back to Murun, where we stay the night in a local hotel, with en suite showers and toilets.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taking the first available flight, we return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we meet our driver, and embark on the 1.5 hours’ drive to Gorki-Terelj National Park. The park features unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find good grazing for their animals. We will stay the night in a ger camp in the park.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we take an easy hike to the famous Turtle Rock, a symbol of wisdom and longevity to the Mongolian people. We then continue hiking to Aryabal Temple. The temple has been recently reconstructed, after the original temple had been destroyed during the communist purges of the 1930s. A great site of tranquility, it functions today as a meditation center to Buddhist monks. After lunch we head to the Mongolian Capital, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a visit to the Zaisan Hill, for a view over the city at night. Overnight in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.


  • Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Chinggis Khaan International Airport for our departure flight.

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Dates & Pricing

All prices of Khuvsgul Lake Trekking Tour are in US dollars and per person based on twin share occupancy

Discounted rates:
4 travelers - 20% discount
6 or more travelers - 30% discount

  • Applicable only for travel groups of 4 people or more booking Khuvsgul Lake Trekking Tour together.
  • The discounted price is the price for 2 people (below) minus the discount.
  • Mongolian Ways Ltd. reserves the right to change Khuvsgul Lake Trekking Tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances.

31st May, 2021–13th June, 2021

  • $3,927 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $370 Single Room Supplement

31st July, 2021–13th August, 2021

  • $3,927 Per Person (For a group of 6 or more)
  • $370 Single Room Supplement

Additional Information

  • Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar - Murun - Ulaanbaatar
  • All meals as per program (full board basis)
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bag and mattress
  • Local support team
  • Pack animals
  • All transfers
  • All entrance fees as per program

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR/COVID tests, or any tests that might be required for international or domestic travel
  • Expenses that might incur due to the results of COVID tests before, during or after the tour
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry, communications, food and beverages beyond those provided)
  • Gratuties
  • Anything not clearly mentioned as included in the program

  • 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 1 night in hotel in Murun
  • 8 nights bush camping
  • 1 night in local guest house
  • 1 night in ger camp

Note: The listed hotels on Khuvsgul Lake Trek Tour are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


Nora Endres

Thank you very much for I really enjoyed Mongolia. It was a long-desired dream of mine to travel there. Everything was very well organized by you and the food was extraordinary good. Trekking in Mongolia charged my internal accumulator (soul) again.

Nora Endres, Germany

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