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Ulaangom

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Ulaangom

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Ulaangom is the capital of Uvs province.

Understand[edit]

The city is located near the shores of Lake Uvs Nuur, and has a population of around 27,000. It has an extreme and harsh climate, with temperatures often dropping as low as -45°C in the Winter while rising to as high as +40°C during the Summer. While the city does not boast an abundance of tourist attractions, it serves as a good base to explore the north-west corner of Mongolia.

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Aero Mongolia [1] and Hunnu Air [2] operate several flights a week from Ulaanbaatar. The city's airport code ULO.

By Bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

There are shared Minibuses on most days to the various Soums (villages) in Ulaangom. Minibuses leave the soums in the afternoon from Ulaangom.

  • Turgen, 4,000T
  • Barunturun
  • Tes (they actually go to both Tes villages which are in the area)
  • Bayantes
  • Khovd

and many others... Go to the bus station and look for the signs at the minibuses.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The museum - nice displays of local forna, wild life and Buddhist art.
  • Dechinravjaalin Khiid Monastery - founded in 1757, this monastery once boasted 2,000 monks. However, after being destroyed in 1937, the monastery never recovered, and it remains a shadow of its former glory.

Parks and Natural Scenery[edit]

  • Uvs Lake (Uvs Nuur) - Located approximately 15-20 minutes away from the city center by car, Uvs Lake is the largest lake in Mongolia, often described as a gigantic inland sea in the middle of the desert. The majority of the lake is located in Mongolia with a small portion in the north located in Tuva, Russia. Uvs Lake is a highly saline lake and thus cannot support aquatic life. The Uvs Nuur Basin, where Uvs Lake is located, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Red Mountain (Ulaan Uul) - Located approximately five minutes from the city center by car or approximately 25 minutes by foot, Red Mountain is one of Ulaangom's landmarks. The mountain is visible from almost everywhere in the city. A concrete staircase is available, leading to a small pavilion with a sitting area next to an Ovoo shrine where one can have a view of the entire city of Ulaangom, Uvs Lake, and the Kharkhiraa mountain range. Hiking to the top of Red Mountain is also possible with an almost hidden stone path traveling up the mountain. From the peak of Red Mountain, one can even see other nearby soums in the distance, such as Tarialan soum.
  • Uureg Nuur - Mongolia's largest lake.
  • The twin peaks of Kharkhiraa Uul (4037m) and Tiirgen Uul (3965m).
  • Khyargas Nuur Natural Park
  • Achit Nuur - the largest freshwater lake in Uvs

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Budget[edit]

  • Bayalag Od Hotel

Mid range[edit]

  • Uvs Nuur Tsogtsolbor Hotel. Tel:+976 1452 24614 - the best hotel in town.

Get out[edit]

By Bus[edit]

There is a bus that operates a route from Ulaangom to Ulaanbaatar throughout the year. The duration is 24-28 hours depending on road and weather conditions. The bus will stop for food in the various small towns along the route. The bus will depart from the Ulaangom Bus Station at two times, typically around 11:00am and 3:00pm, and will arrive at the Dragon Center in Ulaanbaatar (СХД18-р хороо, 18072 Улаанбаатар). The cost of a one-way ticket is 69,000 MNT. Tickets can be bought at the bus station and customers will need to show their passport in order to reserve a seat.

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