Central Mongolia

Geographically, mountains stretch across Central Mongolia. More specifically parts of Khangai and Khentii mountain chains formed either volcanically or tectonically.

The Khangai mountain range stretches from northwest to southeast for about 800km (500miles), almost parallel to the Altai Mountain range of the western parts of Mongolia. The highest peak of this range is at 4100m (12 810 ft), the Otgon Tenger peak. From this range, geologists found metamorphic rocks which belong to the middle Cambrian period – about 500 million years ago.

The majority of the local drainage flows into Selenge River, a tributary to Orkhon River. Orkhon river itself drains into Lake Baikal. However, rivers of the southern slopes end in salt lakes or disappear in the Gobi Dessert.

Extending northeast from near Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, the Khentii Mountain Range overtakes the area of north-central Mongolia. The range is rich with larch, pine tree forests and swamps.  The mountains are more than 2,700 metres (9,000 feet) in elevation.

Central Mongolia’s drainage pattern consists predominantly of three river systems: The Onon, Kherlen and Tuul Rivers.

The majority of the smaller rivers flow into River Onon. This river is one of the important rivers that feed the mighty Amur River that drains into the Pacific Ocean. While the third-longest river in Mongolia, Kherlen, flows from Khentii Mountains across eastern Mongolia and into Dalai Nuur or Hulun Nuur Lake.

The third major river Tuul flows in another direction, into the Orkhon River that drains into Lake Baikal.

The waters are rich with various fishes, such as Taimen, Sharp-Snouted Lenok, Brown Trout, Amur Pike, and Grayling.

The climate in central Mongolia is arid with a semi-dry climate. The area has cold winters and warm summers, with the most precipitation during summer. Winter nights can drop to −40 °C/−40.0 °F Summer days can reach +30°C/86 °F in most years.

The mountainous region here in central Mongolia offers beautiful wildlife such as wild mountain sheep Argali, ibex, gazelle, wild horse, grey wolves, fox etc.

Locals tend to have more sheep and goat.

Khalkh, Buriad and other ethnic groups of people live in this region. Population by provinces:

Tuv: 93 332

Bulgan: 61 955

Khentii: 78 172

Arkhangai: 95 067

Uvurkhangai: 116 785

Bayankhongor: 89 329

The total population is: 534 640

All Central Mongolia destinations

Ulaanbaatar City
Traditional Mongolian Folk Concert
Terelj National Park
Elsen Tasarkhai
Khustai National Park
Gun Galuut National Reserve
Gandan Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex
Aryapal Meditation Monastery
Aglag Buteel Monastery Complex
Kharkhorin

All Central Mongolia Tours

Cultural Tour

Naadam Festival Tour Mongolia 2022

Visit the Golden Gobi, the ancient capital of Mongols Kharkhorin, and discover nomadic culture first-hand by visiting the Naadam Festival Tour Mongolia 2022.
Adventure Tour

Adventure Mongolian Horse Archery Tour

Learn horse riding, Mongolian archery from the foundation level and combine these practices into traditional Mongolian horse archery on this adventure tour.
Custom Tour

Chinggis Khaan Statue Tour Mongolia

Visit the dramatic stainless-steel statue of Chinggis Khan located a 1.5hour drive east of Ulaanbaatar on this full-day Chinggis Khaan Statue tour Mongolia
Custom Tour

Ulaanbaatar City Tour Mongolia

This full-day Ulaanbaatar city tour is filled with the best destinations of the capital. Its purpose is to give you a deeper understanding of Mongolia’s past, present, and future.
Best Selling Tour

Tailor Made Tour Mongolia

Choose your accommodation, internal airfare, mode of transport, events, activities, and even set your own trip pacing on your Tailor made tour Mongolia to any destination.
Short Tour

Short Kharkhorin Tour Mongolia

On this 2-days and 1-night Kharkhorin Mongolia tour visit the ancient capital of the Mongols -the Karakorum. Go wildlife-spotting Takhi or the Przewalski’s horse.

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