Tsetserleg and the Khangai Mountains


A wild west outpost where wolf cubs cost $150.

On the northern slopes of the Khangai Mountains lies Tsetserleg. It’s a bustling town of makeshift houses of every color, a market with everything under the sun and streets filled with horses and yaks. If you’re ever in need of a wolf, this is the place to come. Shamanist tradition in Mongolia proscribes the consumption of different parts of the wolf to cure certain ailments. Eat the (raw) heart to alleviate a heart condition, the brain if you’ve had a stroke, etc.

Mine was only a short stay there, but I liked it. To the south of Tsetserleg, is the area known as the “Eight Lakes”, a beautiful region of mountains, green valleys and …eight lakes. It was here I learn to fill spare socks with stones heated from the bonfire and use them as foot warmers.

You’ll also find the Khorgo volcano in this region. It’s a massive inactive crater, 200m in diameter and about 80m deep.

written by bensozia on 2010-05-16 in #world #locations #wolf #nomad #ger #shaman #khorgo #mountains #ice #crater #snow #valley #yak #mongolia #khangai #cub #tsetserleg #lake #horse #bonfire #cold #volcano


  1. neja
    neja ·

    amazing Horizons! I love mountains and volcanos!

  2. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    каждый день любуюсь твоими фотками

  3. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Wonderful travel, great photos !!!
    Congrats !!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Each single shot is shockingly beautiful. So much beauty brought to our eyes thanks to you. I hope you have many more of these !

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Wow, again a beautiful location!!

  6. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    it's so beautiful!!!

  7. rater
    rater ·

    I have to show my admiration for your locations... again, killer shots!

  8. bensozia
    bensozia ·

    Thanks very much everyone for the comments!

  9. toastiesarnies
    toastiesarnies ·

    Oh WoW! Absolutely stunning

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