Guide to Santyn Davaa

Santyn Davaa is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.063m (6,768ft) above the sea level, located in the Khövsgöl Province of Mongolia.

Santyn Davaa

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Khövsgöl within the Khovsgol Nuur National Park, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It is a real trap after rains. There are plans to improve the trail. Some Mongolian passes have an ovoo (shamanistic collection of stones, wood or other offerings), similar to prayer flags in Tibetan passes. An ovoo can be found on this pass as well.

The summit is also known as Ikh Santyn Davaa. The pass is 165 km (102 miles) long, running north-south from Khankh (in Khövsgöl Province) to Khatgal, on the southern tip of Lake Khövsgöl. The best time to visit the area is spring, when it rains less but it will still be very cold (there will be plenty of snow on the ground). The summer is a little more crowded but it can still be cold, and it often rains. Winter is amazingly cold.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: undrakhbold (mapio pic)