Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

 

The National Park of Altai Tavan Bogd is located on the Western boarder of Mongolia, in the province of Bayan-Ulgii. This mountainous park borders both China and Russia and boasts views of both these countries as well as of Kazakhstan from the highest peak in Mongolia, Mount Khuitin.

 

This snow-capped mountain, standing at 4374 m (14,201ft) is the highest of the five peaks of Tavan Bogd Mountains known locally as the 'Five Saints'.

 

The park covers an area of 630,000 hectares and is home to three large freshwater lakes and many glaciers, plus several waterfalls. The largest glacier is called the Potanin Glacier and covers 23 square km. Tavan Bogd Mountains are considered sacred to the local Kazakhs, Tuvans and Mongolians. The park stretches from Russia along the Chinese border, following the Altai Mountain Range that divides China, Russia and Mongolia.

 

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