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Otgontenger Mountain Strictly Protected Area

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Otgontenger Mountain Strictly Protected Area

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Otgontenger Uul (Отгонтэнгэр) is the highest peak (4,008 m) of the Khangai Mountain Range in Western Mongolia, 60 km from Uliastai, the capital of Zavkhan province.


Considered one of Mongolia's most sacred mountains, Otgontenger is a preserved natural wonder and place of pilgrimage. Like many other religious sites in Mongolia, Otgontenger displays a synchretic fusion of traditional nature worship with Buddhist influences. The mountain is particularly associated with the Bodhisattva [Ochirvaani], whose fierce, ornate statue dominates the base of the mountain.


Prayer Boards Facing Otgontenger Mountain - 15km Outside Uliastai, Mongolia


The mountain is now the seat of the Otgontenger Strictly Protected Area, a 95,510-hectare national park encompassing hundreds of kilometers of pristine mountain ranges and fast-flowing rivers.

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From Uliastai, you can find a taxi driver willing to drive to Dayan Uul viewing point for T20,000 plus petrol.


Standard park fees apply (T3000/person), and can be paid just past the children's camp, 45 km from Uliastai.

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The sanctity of the mountain makes climbing by foreigners prohibited. However, Dayan Uul provides a spectacular view of both Otgontenger and Khuukh Nuur, a beautiful mountain lake.

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