Khagiin Khar Us Nuur (Khagiin Black Lake) is a remote, 25-30-meter deep glacial lake. It is hidden in a forest in Baga Khan Khentii Mountain range, altitude is 1800m above sea level, a Strictly Protected Area and is part of the Khan Hentii mountain range, the mountain range is north east of Mongolia and the third biggest Mountain formation of Mongolia.
Khan Khentii comprises of more than 1.2 million hectares, made up of the Tov, Selenge and Khentii provinces. It is almost completely uninhabited by humans and domestic animals but it is home to endangered species of moose, brown bear, wild boar, gazelle, wolves, red deer and more than 250 species of birds of Mongolia.
We will not meet any people for most of the horse trek, especially between Terelj National Park and Khagiin Khar Lake deep in the Khentii Mountain. We will be horse trekking through two protected areas of Mongolia, Gorkhi Terelj National Park and Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area.
The Gorkhi Terelj National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mongolia, with its amazing rock formations and covered alpine forest. The Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area is a 12,270 km2 (4,740 sq mi) government administered Strictly Protected Area in the Khentii province in Eastern Mongolia.
Strictly Protected Areas are regions of land designated by the Mongolian government as wildlife preservation areas. Herding and tourism are tightly controlled, and hunting and mining are prohibited. The Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area is located in the Khentii Mountains, and includes the sacred Burkhan Khaldun mountain. This is considered to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan, as well as one of the rumored locations of his tomb.
The Weather during the day, sunny and warm weather is likely. However, during early morning hours it is equally possible to have frost. You should bring travel good waterproofs, thermal clothes, gloves and anything else that will help keep you warm.
Day1: Terelj National Park
The first day we leave early from Ulaanbaatar. At noon we arrive at the Chinggis Khan statue and visit the statue. After the statue visit we drive further direction Terelj National Park,
in Terelj National Park we will visit the famous turtle rock and Aryapala monastery. We sleep in Terelj National Park in traditional Ger(Yurt).
Day2: Tuul river basin
On the second day our trip starts about 50 km away from Khagiin Khar Lake we will change from car to horse. Here we start our journey towards untouched nature. We ride 20-25 km and will pitch our camps at the Tuul river basin. Here we stay. This path can only be crossed by horses. Therefore, this area is empty and completely isolated from the outside world. Here you will meet different wild animals guaranteed.
Day3, 4, 5: Khagiin Khar Lake
On this day we will reach the beautiful Khagiin Khar Lake.
Arrived in Khagiin Khar Lake we will pitch our camp and enjoy the beautiful nature.
Early morning in the Khagiin Khar Lake is magical. You will love this beautiful landscape. On the fourth and fifth day we will ride around the lake and the surrounding mountains. The view from the mountains down to the lake and the upheaval is so beautiful.
Day6: Tuul River Basin
In the morning after breakfast we ride back to civilization. In Tuul River, we will pitch our camps and fish a bit. The last night in free wildness we have a surprise for you.
Day8: Last ride
The last day with horses we will enjoy and ride relaxing to our pickup. Arrived at our car we make small picnic and drive to Ulaanbaatar.
Accommodation: Hotel***,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: vehicle 4×4 or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement