Baga Turgen Waterfall
Tsengel Soum, Bayan-Ulgii Province

Thehe are only handful places in Mongolia’s territory that truly is untouched and pristine. One  of those places is Baga turgen waterfall. Baga Turgen waterfall is a unique natural site located in Tsengel soum, Bayan-Ulgii province which is the westernmost region of Mongolia. It is also located along with Khanas national reserve site in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. The origin of the word "Khanas" is “Khaan Us” which means “King water”. It is recorded in historical sources that the Russian kings and nobles ordered Mongol Khadrang, a native fish of the Baga Turgen River, and used it for food. 

It is probably the main reason for the waterfall to have escaped from general public’s attention. Most people think of snow-capped mountains of the Altai as bare blue mountains appearing snow on top. This is probably an idea that comes from the books we read and the images we see in some movies. The Sumdairak, Khundlun, and Deed mountains near the Baga Turgen Falls are rich in Siberian spruce, larch, and juniper. The waterfall stands at 26 m tall, making it the tallest waterfall in the general Bayan-Ulgii area. The waterfall is said to have multiple levels (higher and lower levels). There are number of clear water lake in the vicinity of the waterfall.

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