Find out everything about visiting in Ugii Lake Mongolia – location, things to do, wildlife, fishing, Ger camps and tours.
Ugii Lake is a freshwater lake and situated in 25km southwest of Ugiinuur soum of Arkhangai province. It precisely lies in the foothill piedmont at the northern flank of the Hangay Mountains and belonged to the Orkhon River basin. This beautiful lake is not that big, covering 2570 hectare land with a maximum water depth of 15.3m. A tributary of the lake is Old Orkhon River, which generates most of the lake water. The north and northwest of the lake is dominated by steppes and forest-steppes. There are larix, pinus and betula forest mostly grown.
Ugii Lake is lifted 1332m above sea level and 3,4km wide and 7,4km long. The climate in Ugii Nuur is characterized by an extreme continental climate. Therefore it is cold and dry in winters and relatively warm and wet in summers. Average precipitation around the area is 200-400mm. The Lake starts to freeze in late October and would be covered with ice in mid of November.
Ugii Lake Fishing
Reason why the lake is special and attracts tourists is rich wildlife. The numerous animals such 266 species of plant, 20 species of mammal, 3 species of amphibian, 129 species of bird, 17 species of fish and 83 species of insect were recorded here. In addition, the area was listed in Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, in 1998. It is also protected by local authority in 2005. About 87 percent of birds in the area are migratory. Therefore tourists can have a rare chance to spot unique and exotic water birds. For instance black-throated loon, horned grebe, great crested grebe, cormorant, whooper swan, white spoonbill and so on.
It is obvious that the reason why these all birds gather around the lake, that is, because of abundant fishes such as hucho taimen, lenok, arctic grayling, pike, roach, etc., which can be even more attractive to domestic or foreign tourists who like to fish as a hobby.
This is the right place where you can just rest and watch interesting birds sitting on a bank of the lake. Apart from doing basic activities such as hiking alongside the lake shore and watching birds, there are more things to do, like sailing on a boat, riding a horse alongside the lakeshore and visiting a nomadic family, if you have time to spare.
Ugii Lake Ger Camp
Like any other tourist sites, numerous camps and guest houses stand in the surrounding area of the lake. There are several camps which have situated on the nice spot to see sunset reflecting on the lake surface. It offers quite a mesmerizing view to see. The most favorable month to visit here would be June, July and August so that you can see lively birdlife on a pleasant sunny day.
Moreover remember to put your sun cream and sun hat on before you go for walking and carry your water with you in case it is a hot day. When it rains it is not as interesting and lively as it is on sunny day.