Naiman nuur national park also called “eight lakes” was formed by volcanic eruptions around 8000 years ago. The eight lakes are lakes Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo and Bayan Uul. Two of the smallest lakes are completely dry and Khuis Nuur, is 90% dry.
Before we could start the tour we been waiting for our horse guides for two hours to show up. Which gave us one more time the opportunity to listen to our drivers music taste of “Modern Talking” or “Mongolian folklore”. Needless to say that over three weeks I never can hear this kind of music ever again in my life 😉
Where to find it: Shireeteyn Nuur, Mongolia
What to do: multiday day hike or horse riding to the different lakes with overnight camping.
Tip: there are no camping grounds means no electricity, no shower etc. Keep this in mind when calculating the days of the multi day hike trip.
The area is full of flies, bring protection e.g long arm short, trousers, cap etc.
Cost: we booked two horsemen with three horses for transportation and guidance for three days. At the end our guide was more horse riding than hiking with us. Even that in the terrain hiking was faster than horse riding.
Personal opinion: Several things to mention in order to understand my opinion on this. The nature was stunning, the lakes really beautiful and the area the deeper you go in totally untouched. Often you fell like you are the first person ever being in an area.
In general do not expect hiking paths in Mongolia, this is a country mainly for horse riding. Either way there are no paths at all or there are paths that are trampled by horses. Which is the reason why hiking is not always pleasant. Also, the area includes a moor which was hard to cross without any paths or directions.
Due to the fact that the flies were “killing” me, we decided to cut the tour short and hiked the third day back to our yurt camp. I only wanted to have a hot shower and a bed. One innovative thing in the yurt camps where that the showers where mainly solar powered.
Leaving the tour early gave us the opportunity to attend a cocking class. We made Mongolian Dumplings (Buuz), which was super fun. We did the dough from scratch, which is made out of flour, salt and water. The filling was lamb, onion, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper. Even that the forming of the dumplings took forever, it was a relaxing evening and a great end of a day. And the dumplings been yummy 🙂