- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Place or Religious Monument
- Archaeological Site
- Unesco World Heritage
Arkhangai is an interesting region to include as a destination to visit on your trip to Mongolia. In the south lie the Khangai Mountains, which rise to a height of 3,300 m and are easy to access. Before going there myself, I first visited the Tsenkher Hot Springs, which I recommend you also do. The site can be reached by taxi from Tsetserleg; though those looking for a bit more of a challenge can choose to cycle there instead (a trip of just under thirty kilometres).
When it comes to the interesting places to visit in the region, I particularly recommend Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park in the west. The famous White Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur) is to be found here, a large freshwater lake surrounded by lava fields and pine forests – the overall effect is simply sublime. Another place to visit is Khangai Nuruu National Park, which lies due south of Tsetserleg and is also quite wonderful.
Having visited Karakorum and the regional capital Tsetserleg, I toured Arkhangai for over two months and was left with unforgettable memories; I felt a sense of freedom combined with humility when faced with vast expanses, sparsely populated by nomadic communities.
'Hangay' in Mongolian describes ecosystems where pines and deciduous trees cover the steppes. This flat steppe is surrounded by huge, sheer cliffs and deep canyons. Towards the south, mountains overlook lakes and floral plains carved with volcanic channels that look like the Earth's entrails. Home to the Orkhon Valley, crossed by the Chuluut and Tamir Rivers, the area has numerous hot springs and boasts a fascinating cultural heritage.
Arkhangai's canyons and grandiose landscape mirror Mongolia as a whole - you'll know when you've arrived but not when you'll be able to leave... So be prepared! Be forewarned that although many water sources spout clear springs, others are stagnant pools infested with flies and mosquitoes.