Visit Guide to Dayan Lake

The stunning lake is located in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park of Western Mongolia, and considered to be importance of ecotourism.

Getting There

Dayan Lake is located the district of Sagsai, in the Bayan-Ulgii Province of western Mongolia, in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

What to Expect

The lake is recognized by BirdLife International as an ‘Important Bird Area’ since 2009.  Also in the area, there are wolves (Canis lupus), red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and Pallas’s cat (Felis manul), and is considered a great place to go fishing.


Due to the six species of birds breeding in the surrounding areas, the lake, along with Khar Lake south-east of Dayan lake and coastal areas, was considered a bird sanctuary. Six species nest around the lakes that BirdLife has identified as key. One, the saker falcon (Falco cherrug), is in danger of extinction, and the white-throated bush chat (Saxicola insignis) is in danger. The other three are considered to be of least concerns; they include: northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) and bar-headed goose (Anser indicus).