From Baikal to the Mongolian steppes
(Following the path of the nomads)
Lake Baikal! There are so many legends and so many stories about this beautiful lake. Nothing can compare with its beauty and magic. Everyone who has ever heard about Lake Baikal wants to see it with their own eyes. And it’s not a surprise. This is the deepest freshwater reservoir on our planet. It is always beautiful. In winter, its beauty is in the transparent smooth ice and in the summer the beauty is in the bright blue color of the water. We will touch its sacred waters right on the first day. And then we will hit the road of the nomads.
We will start our route from the Tunkinskaya valley. The combination of mountains, rich vegetation, beautiful lakes, crystal-clear rivers create uniquely picturesque landscapes here. The nature of the valley has been preserved almost in its original form. The main river of the valley - Irkut will also surprise you by its beauty. But the main attraction of the valley is the unique healing springs. Most travelers come here to relax in the popular Arshan resort.
Next, you will see a panorama of the boundless, vast, high-water Khubsugul lake. This is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Asia. It contains about 1-2% of the world's fresh water. Wild and severe beauty, high mountains and majestic deaf taiga will amaze you.
Another interesting stop awaits us in the city of Kharkhorin included in the Cultural Landscape of the Orkhon River Valley and is part of the World Heritage Site. The main attraction of this city is the ruins of the ancient Karakoram which for a short time under Ogedei Khan in the 13th century was the capital of the Mongol Empire founded by Genghis Khan. The city was located on the northern branch of the Great Silk Road and was one of its most important posts. The walls of the Karakorum, enclosing the archaeological zone, have survived to this day.
Later we definitely need to visit the capital of the state - Ulaanbaatar located high above sea level and considered to be the coldest capital in the world. The city has become a thriving center in one of the most remote areas of the world. It is the cultural and business center of Mongolia serving as a link between Chinese railways and the Trans-Siberian Railway.
We will visit the world's largest equestrian statue - a 50-meter statue of Genghis Khan, make a shopping tour and walk around the capital.