One of the largest lakes of Mongolia, known as “ The Dark Blue Pearl ”. Located in the most northern province (Khuvsgul aimag), it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Khuvsgol is 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May.
Try to imagine a 2760 sq km alpine lake, with water so pure you can drink it. Then add dozens of mountains 2000m high or more, thick pine forests and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses, and you have a vague impression of Khuvsgul lake , Mongolia's top scenic attraction.
In surface area this is the second largest lake (136km long and 30km wide) in Mongolia, surpassed in size only by Uvs Nuur, a shallow salt lake in the western part of the country.
Khuvsgul lake is the deepest lake (up to 262m) in Central Asia, and the world's fourteenth largest source of fresh water - containing between 1% and 2% of the world's fresh water (that's 380,700 billion liters of water).
Geologically speaking, Khovsgol (Khuvsgul) is the younger sibling of Lake Baikal, only 195km to the north-east, and was formed by the same tectonic forces.