Back in 2012, the National Geographic Traveller magazine chose Lake Khovsgol in northern Mongolia as one of their 20 destinations to visit. We created a short blog post about it.
For Mongolians, sacred Lake Khovsgol is a spiritual place and is known as ‘Dalai Ej’ (Mother Sea). It can come as a surprise to learn that Mongolia is not just the magnificent Gobi desert, snow-capped mountainous west and stretching grasslands. The northern region of this diverse country consists of rugged 3000m mountains, alpine wildflower meadows, river valleys and the southern-forested regions of the Siberian taiga – all dominated by Lake Khovsgol.
Ask any of the EL drivers their favourite place in their homeland, and all will answer quite specifically – the area where they were born and Lake Khovsgol. Ask Bambakh or Lokh, brothers from a herding family local to Khovsgol, who we work in long-term local community partnership with, why they love their home and their answer is simple – they just stand there with their arms wide open encompassing the whole region (as if we are a little daft for having to ask the question in the first place).
The National Geographic Traveller magazine article stated that: ‘If you yearn for a connection to the wild you will find it here.’ You can learn more about Khovsgol here – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/khovsgol-nuur-national-park/