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Tsambagarav National Park

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Understand[edit]

This park covers 110,960 hectare park surrounds the 4208 m Tsambagarav Mountain, which is sacred to Mongolians. This park is on the border between Bayan-Ölgii and Hovd province. The park has beautiful scenery, rich wildlife, and native nomadic Kazakh and Uriankhai herders living in the shaddow of the holy mountain Official Tourism Website.

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Landscape[edit]

The center of the park is Tsambagarav Mountain. The mountain is permanently snow-capped. Below the peak is many glaciers and lakes. During summer, the valleys north of the mountain are very green.

Flora and Fauna[edit]

The endangered species; Argali sheep, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Rock Ptarmigan and Altai Snowcock all inhabit the park. Though not all can easily be found, especially the snow leopard. The Altai subspecies of the Argali sheep that is found in the park is the largest wild sheep in the world. The rams of an adult male can weigh over 35 kg (75 lbs).

Culture[edit]

A small village of Uriankhai and Kazakhs live near the park during the summer months to support Uriankhai and Kazakh nomadic herders living inside the park. These are very welcoming and hospitable people who welcome people into their gers for a night. Though those living inside the park may expect gifts or money if they have to host many foreign guests over the summer.

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Get In[edit]

Jeeps can be hired in Ölgii for the 3 hour ride to the park or you can use a twice a week shuttle provided by Blue Wolf Travel to their ger camp inside the park.

Fees/Permits[edit]

To enter the park, you need a permit from the Mongolian Park Administration (MANSPAA). The permit costs 3000 T and can be picked up at either the main entrance or at the MANSPAA office in Ölgii.

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Climb Tsambagarav Mountain and the smaller Tsast Mountain inside the park. Both will require ropes and crampons, though smaller peaks in the park can be hiked. Also visit families inside the park to see lifestyles that haven't changed much in over 1000 years.

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Lodging[edit]

There is one small ger camp inside the park during summer. You could also stay with one of the nomadic families living inside the park during the summer months.

Camping[edit]

You can camp anywhere in the park if you bring a tent.

Staying Safe[edit]

Getting Out[edit]

A small temporary village is located just west of the park. The village of Altantsogts (government, schools, clinic, shops, etc) relocates 30 km south during summer to follow the nomadic herders.

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