Lake Huvsgul in August

At the end of August we had family in town and took them to lake Huvsgul (Khuvsgul).  This is the biggest lake in Mongolia (by volume) and it’s amazingly blue.  Earlier this year I went to the south end of the lake as part of an outreach trip, which was beautiful, but because it was so snowy I didn’t really see much of the actual lake.

This time around I was further up the lake and got to see how amazingly blue and turquoise and super clear the lake is.  All around is pine forest that made Tom think of upstate NY.  Huvsgul

 

This area in Mongolia is also known for being home to Tsaatan people, who are an extremely small ethnic group in Mongolia that herd reindeer.  Our camp had some standard gers, but we opted to stay in a traditional Tsaatan orts, which is a tipi (teepee?).  Seemed the same as staying in a ger, but they are so tall Tom could stand up straight.

Our ger camp.
Our ger camp.
How I spent most of the weekend -- sitting by the lake.  Sometimes reading.
How I spent most of the weekend — sitting by the lake. Sometimes reading.
Tom's favorite pastime -- skipping rocks.
Tom’s favorite pastime — skipping rocks.
Tom took a hike and got some good photos of the amazing colors.
Tom took a hike and got some good photos of the amazing colors.

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We took a boat ride in the tinniest very old boat that was entirely enclosed and not so comfortable, but at least we got to get out on the lake.
We took a boat ride in the tinniest very old boat that was entirely enclosed and not so comfortable, but at least we got to get out on the lake.
There are big hairy yaks everywhere in Huvsgul.
There are big hairy yaks everywhere in Huvsgul.
The inside of our orts
The inside of our orts
You have to get the smoked fish when you go to Huvsgul.  These come from the rivers in the province.
You have to get the smoked fish when you go to Huvsgul — These come from the rivers in the province.  I brought back at least 2 kg.

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