My Travel Diary - Trekking in Northern Mongolia
To be Proud of my birthplace
I am a dentist and the women who previously shared my photo diary named as "Stunning photos of Mongolian Altai Mountains". Now I am talking about my next adventure trekking to the Horidol Saridag Mountains in Khovsgol province. This marvellous place is my birthpalce, named after beautiful Lake Khovsgol. However, it is my first time trip to deep inside.
I and my like - minded friends of "Khairkhan Hiking Club" started our adventure on 8th July, 2017. Climbing on Mt. Delgerkhaan, called King of the Mounts and Mt. UranDush with unique and magnificent formation was our main goal as well as sightseeing beauty of Khovsgol province in north Mongolia.
I was so excited to escape from the city, missing my homeland and feeling like something festivity - maybe Naadam festival was around the corner. But, on the first day of our trip, one of our minivans broke nearby the city so we had to camp out there. Luckily, it was not a big problem and we kept move on. We arrived at our destination Ulaan-Uul village on the 10th of July. Holiday atmosphere welcomed us at the local village, Naadam Festival had already started and crowded by locals.
DelgerKhaan Mountain looked so glorious and another way I can’t still believe myself to do this trial. So we shortly hooked Naadam festival and tasted Khuushuur- special meal of the festival. Soon after, we finally arrived at the base camp, Ar Bosgot Cliff and settled there.
The next day, on 11th July, we woke up early at 3 am and started our climbing. Mountain Rivers flowing and streaming between rocky cliffs was so cold in the dark night and crossing over such rivers more than 10 times was the first and hardest challenge ever for me. After crossing those cold rivers, we changed our wet boots and had little rest. The darkness gone away and there was already dawn of a new day.
We kept moving and passing through spectacular waterfalls and forest; went upstream ridge of Bor Hyar. Mountain rocks were so wet and slippery cause of the morning rain and it made us difficult to go on. We were going in the queue along the path as our team leader instructed. Because we had to beware of pulling rocks loose if someone had a bad slip.
After scrambling to the summit, we –all 10 members of the team had reached the peak of Mt. Delgerkhan, 3090m above sea level, around 10 am. I watched through as it bounced down the mountainside and weather up there was clear and refreshing. This kind of feeling was one of my reasons up there.
After safely scrambling down from the top which took almost more than 20 km, it was an almost dark night. We decided to celebrate this memorable day of our successful trials as well as Naadam festival. We had a great time. By the way, we especially expressed our thanks to other team members who prepared a delicious meal and waited for us after the trials.
Next day, we continued our journey and traveled through territories of Renchinlhumbe and Tsagaannuur villages and camped in Shishhed riverside – beginning of Yenisei River, the 5th longest river in the world.
What a beautiful Darkhad Valley and Khovsgol Lake? Green grasslands, colorful flowers, mountains with amazing panoramic views and river Shishhed looked calm and peacefully. On 13th of July, we successfully reached and camped in our next goal destination – Mt. Urandush /2784m/, located right coast of Lake Khovsgol and the top the mountain cliff is flat.
On 14th July, we started our hiking at around 5 am. Even though this mountain is not the highest and hardest one, our team leader chose some kind of rough roads for the challenge and even used mountain ropes for some routes. When we did make it to the peak we could rest assure that we were of the first who make it up there from other hiking climbers’ clubs.
On the roof of the mountain, we said big congratulations to each other –maybe it is one of my reasons to be fond of climbing. We could revel in the beauty and rarity view of Khovsgol Lake, from top of the Mt. Urandush.
The experience on reaching the top of the mountain and sightseeing unimaginable view of nature is something that can’t be expressed through words regardless of our tiredness and scrambling with adventure. We successfully fulfilled our mission and move on to seeking some rest and relax on the shores of Khovsgol Lake, Teshig soum, Bulgan province and also Khargal Lake.
Our trip was ended on the 16th of July after returning in Ulaanbaatar. I want to express my special thanks to Enkhbat-member of Khairkhan Hiking Club who organized this wonderful and memorable trip, also thanks to our joined members.
It was brief dairy of my birthplace. Next time I want to explore deep Taiga Mountains and way of life of Tsaatan people, reindeer herders. Thank you for your time to read my travel diary. I hope you to come over Khovsgol province and make awesome memories.