The Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, which is translated to “the Altai Five Saints”, encompasses 630 thousand hectares (1.6 million acres) and is home to the highest mountain peak of Mongolia, the snowcapped Khuiten Mountain at 4374m (14201 feet), three large freshwater lakes, 34 glaciers and several waterfalls. The Tavan Bogd Mountains are sacred to local Kazakhs, Tuvans and Mongolians.
The park is located in Bayan-Ulgii province and stretches from Russia along the Chinese border, and the Altai Mountain range divides China, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, for over 200kms. The Altai Mountains have been inhabited for around 12,000 years and hundreds of thousands of petroglyphs are found in the park, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kazakhs and Tuvans still live in the park and Kazakhs are famous for their eagle hunting practices. There are many endangered species within the park including argali sheep, ibex, grey wolves, red deer, elk, snow leopards, Altai snowcock, golden eagles and many more.