Alpine Lake Hovsgol in northern Mongolia is the country’s second-largest – and its oldest – lake. The southernmost lake in the 25-million-year-old Baikal Rift Zone, Hovsgol is probably more than two million years old. Set amidst some of Mongolia’s most beautiful scenery, where the steppe meets the taiga forest of Siberia, the lake is surrounded by a national park. The cold, pristine waters remain clear up to 50-75 feet, and abound with species of fish and plankton found nowhere else on earth. The lush meadows of the park support moose, elk, deer and the reindeer herds of the Tsataan nomads, and shelter thousands of migratory birds on their way north to Siberia.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013