After deciding to stay in a hotel in Tariat, we headed out for a walk to Great White Lake – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur.
Great White Lake
One of the reasons why we decided to stay in Tariat was because we found a nice hotel and also because the weather was very changeable.
In the morning there had been a very big storm and there were still lots of big, black clouds around.
Entrance of the National Park
We paid our 3,000 entrance fee for the National Park and wandered in through the gravel track. The scenery was beautiful and after three or four kilometres the extinct volcano Khorgo Uul came into bire.
The east side was completely black and a huge lava had rolled down this side.
We walked around to the west side of the slope and were welcomed by a couple of Mongolian women selling home made jam, juice and yak milk tea. We bought some tea (300 each bowl) and a lot of Jam to accompany the bread we had with us. Delicious.
The yak milk tea was a lot more tasty than the yak butter tea which I had drink on numerous iccasuons whilst trekking in Tibet.
the Crater Rim of the Volcano
There are some steps up to the crater rim of the volcano which provides sine good views. We descended the volcano and found a short cut through to a viewpoint overlooking the Great White Lake. It’s a beautiful looking lake and should be nice for swimming in on a warmer day.
The weather was still somewhat variable so we decided to call it a day and headed back to Tariat where we grabbed a couple of beers from the supermarket attached to our hotel and had scolding hot showers.
Not a bad day of hiking, managing 24 kilometres. Now we just need to find some food to fill our empty stomachs.