Ultimate 4wd destination: Utrag Pass

Utrag Davaa is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.343m (7,687ft) above the sea level, located in Khovsgol Province, in Northern Mongolia. It’s one of the most extreme roads on the country.

Utrag Pass

The steep road to the summit, also known as Urtragyn davaa, Utrag Pass or Utragyn davaa, is totally unpaved crossing many rivers. Grass and rocky surface in parts. 4x4 vehicles with high clearance only. The pass is used by Mongolian nomads during winter. The drive offers breathtaking views of jagged peaks in the Sayan Range. Take care with snow leopards on the area.

The pass links Darkhad valley with Ikh Oroo Valley (Khovsgol lake). Tucked away in the Sayan Mountains also known as Bayan Mountains/Bayan Nuruu, accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. The pass has an ovoo with a base of rocks and a few splaying branches, that was constructed in 1988-1999 according to its carved plaque.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Дмитрий Сташкевич