Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan lake national park
The Khorgo is dead volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan is the lake
Khorgo volcano is a dead volcano, that covered with basalt lying to the east of the lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (White of Terkh), has volcanic origins, in Tariat sum of Arkhangai province.
The Khorgo volcano has erupted in the Quaternary Period and its lava closed the water stream of River Suman and result of this meeting has created a truly incredible landscape which is matched by the fascinating extinct volcano craters which have produced a number of rock formations and huge gorges with fast flowing rivers and cascades. Something that is easy to figure out by the trail of solidified lava formations leading from the Lake to nearby the Volcano. The Volcano is worth climbing if only to walk around the crater it is easy to hire a horse and ride it up the volcano, which also gives you chance to visit of the more interesting lava formations on your way, or cars can be driven almost to the visit almost to the to the summit. There are interesting bubbles of solidified lava, named “basalt ger” and it is possible to visit yak herders in this area.
This large placid lake is ringed by sandy beaches. There are a number of ger camps and hotels around the like, but camping is also very easy because of the sheer quantity of ideal sites to pitch up. The lake lends itself to swimming and is reputedly good for fishing, but the fish here are harder to catch than in other areas. The lake has volcanic origins, something that is easy to figure out by the trail of solidified lava formations leading from the lake to nearby Khorgo Uul volcano.
Hiking here is really fantastic. The landscape here is equally fascinating with extinct volcano craters producing various rock formations and huge gorges with fast flowing rivers and cascades.