Uvs province borders with Khovd, Zavkhan and Bayan-Ulgii provinces, along with Russia in the north. And the territory is a picturesque combination of snow capped mountains, crystal clear waters, and even large sand dunes at some parts.
Uvs Province stands as a living testament to the rich tapestry of history, captivating landscapes, and awe-inspiring beauty.
Let’s embark on a virtual journey to unravel the secrets and treasures this province holds.
As we step into Uvs Province, nestled in the northwestern part of Mongolia, we are greeted by a rich tapestry of history.
Uvs, with its ancient roots dating back to the Hunnu Empire, has witnessed the rise and fall of nomadic civilizations.
This region has served as a crossroads for diverse cultures, leaving behind a cultural legacy that beckons to be explored.
Location: Uvs Province is situated in the picturesque landscapes of western Mongolia, sharing borders with both Russia and China.
Size: Spanning over 69,000 square kilometers, Uvs is the largest province in Mongolia, offering vast expanses of untouched wilderness.
Lake Uvs: The crown jewel of Uvs is Lake Uvs, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Mongolia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This serene lake serves as a crucial breeding ground for various bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers.
Most Beautiful Places in Uvs Province:
- Uvs Nuur Lake: UNESCO world heritage site “Uvs Nuur (Lake) Basin” is in this province: Uvs Nuur Basin (1,068,853 ha), is the northernmost of the enclosed basins of Central Asia. It takes its name from Uvs Nuur Lake, a large, shallow and very saline lake, important for migrating birds, waterfowl and seabirds. The site is made up of 12 protected areas representing the major biomes of eastern Eurasia.
- Sharga Nature Reserve: For a brush with pristine wilderness, head to the Sharga Nature Reserve. This protected area boasts diverse ecosystems, from lush forests to rolling sand dunes. It’s a haven for hikers and nature lovers, offering a glimpse into the untamed beauty of Uvs.
- Uvs Takhai: For those intrigued by nomadic history, Uvs Takhai is a must-visit. This archaeological site reveals ancient burial mounds and artifacts, providing a glimpse into the nomadic lifestyle that once flourished in this region.
- Mongun-Taiga Mountain: Rising majestically along the border with Russia, Mongun-Taiga is a visual delight. The diverse flora and fauna make it an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts, and the panoramic views from the summit are simply awe-inspiring.
- Khyargas Nuur Lake: Another jewel in Uvs’s crown, Khyargas Nuur is a saltwater lake surrounded by rugged beauty. The stark contrast of the blue lake against the arid landscape makes it a photographer’s dream.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: We’d recommend travellers visit to Uvs province in milder months from May till the middle of October.
HOW TO GET THERE:Both AeroMongolia and Hunnu Airways have flights to Ulaangom, almost everyday. If you drive it takes a few days to reach Uvs (the road partially paved).
WHERE TO STAY: there are several hotels in Ulaangom town, and a motel or two (mostly with no running water facilities) in most soums. There are a number of tourist Ger camps across the province: Khetsuu Khad, Ontsiin Tasarkhai, Khar Termes, Uvs Nuur and so on.
Travelling to Uvs Province is not merely a journey; it’s an immersion into the soul-stirring tales of the past and the breathtaking beauty of the present.
From the shores of Lake Uvs to the heights of the Altai Mountains, every step unveils a new chapter in this province’s remarkable story.
So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure that seamlessly blends history, nature, and the warm hospitality of the Mongolian people. Uvs Province awaits, promising an experience that will linger in your heart forever.