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ASRALT KHAIRKHAN MOUNTAIN

ASRALT KHAIRKHAN MOUNTAIN

ASRALT KHAIRKHAN MOUNTAIN

 

Location: N48°27'00.0,  E107°25'00.0 Erdene soum of Tuv province.

Distance: 80 km northeast from Ulaanbaatar city.

Altitude: 2800 m above sea level.

          Asralt Khairkhan, the highest peak of Khentii Range, is located in the west part of the range, or Baga Khentii Range. There are many vestiges of ancient glaciations like smooth rocks, cirque and humps. Also this area is covered by rivers, lakes, swamps, canyons, rocks, taluses as well as forests. Therefore climbing up to the mountain is quite difficult. To the north direction of Asrakt Khairkhan, there are many mountains and taiga like Khukh Modnii Saridag (2507 m), Guniin Saridag (2069 m), Chum Chuluu, Chigchiin Dog, Ohid Khuuhed, Ortsiin Gozgor and Chuluun Khuree. Between Zaan and Terelj rivers, Navtan Saridag (2654 m), Altan Ulgii Saridag (2636 m) and Saikhan Saridag (2367 m) mountains nestled to the south from Asralt Khairkhan Mountain. To the east from Asralt khairkhan, main part of Khentii Range lies along north of Khayan Khongoriin River and the range includes some high mountains like Gel Uul, Khagiin Saridag, Kherkliluuriin Saridag, Khiidiin Saridag. Some high mountains of the range keep their snows until late summers some year. Most areas of the mountains are involved in Alpine zone, higher than Taiga zone, and top parts are rocky and plateau. Some rivers like Zaan (50 km long and joins in Terelj river), Chuluut (50 km long and joins in Yostii river), Sugnugur and Nemeh rivers rise from the Asralt Khairkhan mountain. Orgil lake, located in the north east side of the mountain, is a source of two rivers. One of those two rivers is Nemekh river running to the north and another one is a beginning of Zaan river running to the south. It is much interesting that two rivers sourced by one lake run to opposite directions. There is a big cirque called “Gazriin Urkh” in the south of Asralt khairkhan or beginning of Terelj River. This cirque is in elliptical shape from north to south. It is 760 m long, 240 m wide and 140 m deep. Walls of the cirgue are very straight. Asralt Khairkhan Mountain is a good destination for hiking.

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