Visit Guide to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Western Mongolia’s key attraction is the stunning wilderness of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in Bayan-Ulgii province. Covering 6,362 square kilometres, here are stunning lakes and majestic snow-capped mountains that form a natural border between Mongolia, Russia and China. Home to Mongolia’s tallest peaks, this is an alluring destination for trekkers and mountain climbers, as well as nature lovers.

Getting There

Altai Tavan Bogd is 134km from the provincial capital of Ulgii. There’s no public transport here so most visitors to the park go as part of a tour group or with a hired car and guide.

What to Expect

From the Tavan Bogd Mountains, which give the park its name, to the large glacial lakes to the south, each area of the park has a unique appeal, including three areas comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Throughout the park are foxes, wolves, eagles, falcons, as well as argali sheep, ibex, deer and elk. As well as natural attractions there’s also the cultural lure of Kazakhs and Tuvan nomadic herders, who live inside the park. The Kazakhs are the main ethnic group in the region and are known for their prowess in the traditional art of eagle hunting, as well as for their warm hospitality and colourful, large gers, decorated with rich embroidered wall hangings.


The Altai Mountains have been inhabited for around 12,000 years. In the park the UNESCO World Heritage-listed petroglyphs show the transition from hunter-gatherer to pastoralism, and later to the current semi-nomadic life that developed over the last 3,000 to 4,000 years.


Other than a few ger camps there are few facilities within the national park. At Syrgal you will find a few shops selling basic shops, while at Tavan Bogd’s North Ranger Station you’ll find a few rudimentary groceries.