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EEJ KHAIRHAN MOUNTAIN

EEJ KHAIRHAN MOUNTAIN

EEJ KHAIRHAN MOUNTAIN

Location: N44°55'00.0 E96°11'00.0 Tsogt soum of Gobi Altai province.

Distance: 1110 km southwest from Ulaanbaatar city, 228 km south from Altai town.

Altitude: 2274 m above sea level.

          Granite covered mountain Eej Khairkhan, 50 km from Tsogt soum centre, is located alone in the depression of Zakhui. This mountain is tent shared with sharp peak and has 1600 m average altitude. All sides have a slope aspect of 50° and the main peak has steep rocky wall with 50 m relative height. Only birds can get to the peak. There is very little soil here, and it is the main reason of erosion. The south side of the mountain has rocky cliffs while north side is covered by small  pieces of granite stone and dirt. There are also many interesting places like caves, holes and carvings created by erosion, and it makes this mountain more beautiful. Some saxaul trees grow in sands of this mountain. There are some interesting rocks that look like trunk, wolf, theatre seats, human uvula, genitals and other organs. Nine small cirques are located on the southeast side of the mountain, connected to each other with small streams. Average diameters are 40-50 cm. The biggest one is 4 m deep. Last one is little bit separated from others. Other small cirques can be found here. A special feature of these are that they retain water, even in very dry years. This mountain has both natural and historical significance. A cave that is close to the nine cirques keeps some vestiges of the ancient people and monks that lived there. According to local residents, the monk called “mother monk of Eej Khairkhan Mountain” lived there. This mountain was first protected in 1995.

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