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The National Geographic Traveller magazine has chosen Lake Khovsgol in northern Mongolia as one of their 20 destinations to visit in 2012.  I agree. It‘s a wonderful wild land of high mountains, sacred lakes and nomads.


Mongolian flag. Khovsgol Nuur National Park.
The flag of Mongolia flying high on Chuchee Mountain overlooking Lake Khovsgol
For Mongolians, 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 and stretching grasslands. The northern region of this diverse country consists mainly of wilderness – rugged 3000m mountains, alpine wildflower meadows, river valleys and the southern-forested regions of the Siberian taiga – all dominated by Lake Khovsgol.
Shamanistic ovoo, Khovsgol Nuur National Park
An ovoo  – a stone shrine created to honour the sacred spirits of the Lake Khovsgol area
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 also work as our horse wranglers on our treks, 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).

They state in the NG Traveller magazine that, ‘If you yearn for a connection to the wild you will find it here’. At Eternal Landscapes, we all agree 100%.

Sunrise. Khovsgol Nuur National Park.
Our camp site at Lake Khovsgol. Peace in the wilderness.
Image taken by John Holman
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