The Beautiful Emptiness of Mongolia

The territory of Mongolia makes it the 19th largest country in the world, with a population of less than 3 million people. Over a million of the population lives in the capital of Ulaanbaatar, which makes the biggest section of the country unpopulated. The Mongolian landscapes look like they have never been touched by people. Most of the population is Buddhist and nomads, so they treat the nature with reverence and love. The result-virgin nature, completely unspoiled by pollution and overpopulation.

Probably this peacefulness and tranquility were not the first thing that come into mind when one thinks of Mongolia; rather their bloodthirsty rulers like Genghis Khan and conquests pop to one’s mind. Today, we would like to focus on the natural, rather historical, so we present to you this short list of Mongolian natural beauties that everyone should see:

1.Tavan Bogd Mountains National Park: this gem of nature named “the Five Sacred Ones” is located in the western part of Mongolia, near the border with Russia and China. Part of the Altai Mountain range, which runs for more than 900 miles in Mongolia, China, and Russia, the Tavan Bodg Mountains house the 5 highest peaks in the country. The park covers territory of 630, 000 hectares, filled with glaciers, waterfalls, large and small lakes, as well as a great number of archaeological sites-protected by UNESCO.

The park gets a great number of tourist visitors, as well as nomadic herders. Hunters who hunt using eagles, an old Mongolian tradition, live on park grounds and hunt the plentiful wild game. Yet, not every species is allowed to be hunted; the park is home for many endangered species like the golden eagles and black vultures;

2.Khorgo-Terkh National Park: the focal point of this beautiful national park is the Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Lake, located among crates of inactive volcanoes and deeply shaded forests. The area can be hard to reach, the parks covers 42.000 hectares. You will need to travel two days and a night by jeep from the capital Ulaanbaatar, which is 720 km away from the park. It provides home for many endangered species of birds, animals, and fish.

02-Khorgo-Terkh via flickr by Dennis Tang licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Tamir River flows from the lake, which makes it ideal place to go fishing. The crater of the Khorgo volcano is excellent for hiking and climbing. Another interesting activity you might want to try is horse trekking. Many of the national parks of Mongolia offer horse trekking adventures, which can last up to three weeks. Om horseback, you will get to know better the Mongolian tradition and the Mongolian natural beauty, as the trekking involves sleeping under the starts. This is a unique way to really get to know the country, as you would meet many of the nomads who herd kettle or make a living by hunting in the national parks.

We hope this short list will make up your mind to put Mongolia on your travel list. The country isn’t to be reached easily, but the trouble will be paid off once you set eyes of the natural wonders of Mongolia.

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