Lake Hovsgol National Park was established in 1992 and expanded in 2011 Nomadic tribes were first attracted to the beauty of Blue Pearl some 4000 years ago. Mongolians also call Lake Hovsgol, the Mother Sea, for it contains 70% of Mongolia’s (and 1% of the Earth’s) freshwater.
Surrounded by forests, the water entering the lake can take 500 years to exit via the one outlet: the Eg River. This Park encircles the lake and covers 1.2 million hectares (or 2.5 million acres) – making it bigger than Yellowstone National Park in the US.
However, unsustainable development, irresponsible decision-making and global climate change are causing immediate threats to the Lake and its ecosystem’s future.