Where in the World is Lake Hovsgol?
Mongolia looks a bit like a half-circle with a Gibralter-shaped pop-up in the middle of it. Lake Hovsgol is located in this pop-up, up near the border with Russia. A narrow lake deeply dug into land more than a mile high, it’s oriented nearly north-south, and stitches together the Mongolian steppe and the Siberian taiga. It’s probably more than a million years old, and has been considered sacred since people arrived on its shores. Most of the lakes in this region are salty, while Hovsgol is pure and fresh.
In the 21st century, several families of Tsaatan have migrated from the taiga south to the shores of Lake Hovsgol, where they have more interaction with travelers and with modern Mongolian culture. Often travelers can visit them in their homes and get an idea of their former way of life, living side by side with the reindeer.
Travel to Lake Hovsgol with MIR
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Join MIR’s small group tour that travels to Lake Hovsgol: Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival. Travelers explore Mongolia’s blue pearl, Lake Hovsgol, home to reindeer herds of the Tsaatan nomads. Travel by jeep to a ger camp on the shores of high-altitude Lake Hovsgol and visit a family of reindeer breeders.
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(Top photo: A family of Tsaatan reindeer herders in the taiga north of Lake Hovsgol. Photo credit: Peter Guttman)
PUBLISHED: April 8, 2015