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Orkhon waterfall

By May 16th, 2024No Comments

Orkhon waterfall

Orkhon waterfall is one of the best sights in Central Mongolia.

The Orkhon waterfall (Mongolian: Улаанцутгалангын хүрхрээ, “Red flows waterfall”) is located on the Orkhon River in Bat-Ulzii, Uvurkhangai province. Its width is about 10 m. The surrounding areas of the waterfall was formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years. When a smaller river named Ulaan (meaning Red) flows into Orkhon river the water drops over the edge with height over 25 and makes the waterfall. This area is covered by over 10 m thick lava layer with interesting shapes of bubbles and the smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m height, like Jijigtsutgalan (means Small Flows), were created around here. And Orkhon is longest river in Mongolia with length of 1124 kilometers (709 miles) .The waterfall become a mark that is on half of its full length of Orkhon River.  Also flows of the River created a 130 km long canyon through the lava plateau.

The area is ideal for fishing, horse riding, cycling and photography.

The rivers have handful species of river fish such as pike, sturgeon, hucho taimen, common asp, Siberian grayling, roach etc. Scenic and untouched natural distinct spot allow good opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. This valley is known as the home of Mongolian nomadic culture  as many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its borders. Yak herder nomads are common. And the road condition is bad due to over protruded volcanic bubbles and stones. The Orkhon Valley has been proclaimed as National Park since 2006. Travel Mongolia and Discover Central Mongolia Tours

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