Uvs Lake

A Guide for Tourists

Uvs Lake, located in the Uvs Province of Mongolia, is the largest saline lake in the country and one of the most significant natural sites in Central Asia. The lake and its surrounding area are part of the Uvs Nuur Basin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its unique ecosystem and diverse wildlife.


Highlights of Uvs Lake

  • Natural Beauty: Uvs Lake is surrounded by stunning landscapes, including vast steppes, snow-capped mountains, sand dunes, and lush wetlands, making it a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.
  • Wildlife: The lake and its surrounding area are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Birdwatchers can spot numerous species of migratory birds, including the rare Dalmatian pelican and the Siberian crane.
  • Ecosystem: Uvs Lake is part of a unique ecosystem that includes desert, semi-desert, steppe, and taiga biomes, all within close proximity. This diverse environment supports a rich biodiversity.
  • Cultural Heritage: The region around Uvs Lake is rich in cultural history, with ancient petroglyphs, burial mounds, and other archaeological sites that offer a glimpse into the lives of the early inhabitants.

Activities at Uvs Lake

  • Birdwatching: The lake is a prime spot for birdwatching, with opportunities to see a variety of migratory and resident bird species.
  • Photography: Capture the breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and cultural heritage sites around Uvs Lake.
  • Cultural Exploration: Visit the local communities and learn about their traditions and way of life, including the famous Kazakh eagle hunters.
  • Hiking and Nature Walks: Explore the surrounding landscapes on foot, enjoying the diverse biomes and stunning scenery.
  • Wildlife Watching: Spot various animals that inhabit the area, including wild boar, red deer, and snow leopards.

Essential Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Uvs Lake is from late spring to early autumn (May to September) when the weather is pleasant, and wildlife activity is high.
  • Getting There: Uvs Lake is accessible from the provincial capital, Ulaangom. It’s advisable to hire a local guide or join a tour for a more informative and convenient visit.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation options include guesthouses in nearby towns, as well as camping opportunities for those who prefer to stay closer to nature.
  • Preparation: Pack appropriate clothing for the season, comfortable walking shoes, and essentials for outdoor activities. Binoculars and a camera are recommended for wildlife watching and photography.
  • Respect Local Culture: Be mindful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting Kazakh eagle hunter families and other local communities.


Uvs Lake is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and cultural explorers. Its unique ecosystem, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage offer a memorable and enriching experience. Plan your visit to Uvs Lake to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of this remarkable region.

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