Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in Western Mongolia

 

  Towering mountains, breathtaking glaciers, green valleys, crystal lakes, unique culture, eagle hunters, challenges and adventure...what is not to like? Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is easily one of the top three destinations of Mongolia.

Photo by Jeff Spackmann

Photo: Copyright Jeff Spackmann

  Altai Tavan Bogd itself is the tallest mountain in Mongolia, reaching 4374 meters at its highest point, Khuiten peak. Famous for its massive glaciers (Potanin Glacier etc) and vast lakes, this picturesque mountain has become climbers’ favorite, both locally and internationally. Since first explored  by Mongolian cilmbers back in 1956, over 700 people has climbed the mountain.

Photo by Jeff Spackmann

Photo: Copyright Jeff Spackmann

  In total, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park covers an area of 630,000 hectare and has three large freshwater lakes and 34 glaciers in addition to several waterfalls. From the 34 glaciers, the largest one is Potanin Glacier and it covers 23 square km.

Photo by Jeff Spackmann

Photo: Copyright Jeff Spackmann

  Besides all the glorious beauty of the nature, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is also an important attraction, culturally. Because it is located in Bayan Olgii province which is predominantly occupied by Khazakhs, you can experience different cultural settings from Mongolians. The main thing that excites  tourists is eagle hunting. Not hunting the eagles but hunting wild animals with trained eagles. Intriguing right? The Khazakhs preserved their ancient method of hunting and other traditions pretty well. You can visit during their national holiday (Nauriz) or eagle hunting festivals in spring or autumn  to get the full experience.

Photos from Follow The Tracks by Max Muench

Photos: Copyright Follow The Tracks by Max Muench

  Since Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is based on Altai Mountains, specifically Altai Tavan Bogd, the mountain climbing is the main activity there. Each year, many climbers come seeking a challenge in pursuit of completing their trophy cabinet because the previously stated Khuiten peak is world famous  among mountaineers. But do not worry, even if you are not a mountain climber there is plenty to do in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. You can go fishing for Taimen, Lenok Trout, Osman, Grayling and Pike or go rafting or skiing or ride horses and camels and bike.

Photo by Jeff Spackmann

Photo: Copyright Jeff Spackmann, Follow The Tracks

  All in all, exploring Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is a lifetime experience and a must to see when you are visiting Mongolia. Mighty snowy mountains and crystal clear lakes surrounded by full green valley awaits you.