Khuvsgul Nuur Lake


Visit Guide to Khuvsgul Nuur Lake

Known as the ‘Blue Pearl of Mongolia’, Khuvsgul lake is known as Asian Switzerland and the Asian blue pearl. It is 1645 meters above sea level, 136 km long and 262 meters deep. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and contains almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world.

Getting There

Khuvsgul province is reachable with both cars and planes.

What to Expect

Tourists come to the lake not only seeing but also relaxing and traveling by modern motor boats to the island in the middle of the lake. You can travel by the “Sukhbaatar” ship running since 1910, for continually 30 years. Khuvsgul is famous not only in Mongolia also it is very famous in the world. You can visit to the reindeer people who still keep the ancient shaman rituals in Shishged khotgor.

Also Khuvsgul Lake that contains 12 species of fish, 4 large islands, and 70 percent of the lake is more than 100 meters deep, clear water reaches 24 meters. By the end of the November, water freezes completely 1 m thick ice. The lake is surrounded by high mountains which is 3000-3200 meters above sea level, making it a perfect spot for both relaxing as well as adventure travel.


The lake formed about 7 million years ago. Geologists say the lake is connected the Baikal Lake underground.

Why it is called Khuvsgul ocean by Mongolian? – When Mongolia was under the Manchu depression, they were imposing tax from the natural resources to worsen Mongolian economy. Local people were dissatisfied and argued Khuvsgul is not a lake, but an ocean.

To prove the claim to Manchu, yhey answered Khuvsgul is poured by the 100 rivers so it must be an ocean. Manchu officers knew about it, so they decided to count the rivers. The local residents live by the lake did religious ceremony asking from the god to rain and flood the lake. According to locals wish, it was poured and surrounding area was flooded. Then Manchurians stopped to get tax and it was named as Khuvsgul Ocean.

Facilities Available

Surrounding the lake, plenty of services are available.