The Tsenkher Hot Springs were so so needed when we finally arrived. The night before had been spent camping and staying with the local family. Waking up feeling the effects of the homemade vodka, the drive to the springs had been a little challenging, for us and for the drivers! It was an amazing night (read more here) but the next day was more of a struggle.
Sorry this post is fairly picture heavy, but I feel the pictures do the views better justice than my words could.
Scenery around the Tsenkher Hot Springs
One of the things I had noticed while driving through Mongolia was the lack of trees, and as we got closer to the springs I was disproportionately excited at the sight of all the these beautiful trees. The scenery actually reminded me of the alps. The road into the springs was a tricky one and involved crossing lots and lots of streams. As ever with Mongolia, it was extremely beautiful.
We took a track that weaved through the trees, before stopping at a beautiful vista looking down the beautiful valley. It was very different to previous scenery we had seen in Mongolia, and breathing in the cool air felt like medicine.
The temperature was getting colder and colder and the local wildlife soon became scattered with yaks, who looked so cosy with their shaggy coats. As someone who is such a fan of cooler climes and being cosy, this was heaven to me.
At this point in the trip, the stoves appeared in the gers and I couldn’t be happier. It was definitely needed, as our one full day there was extremely rainy and involved a lot of drying off in the cosy warmth. The wonderful people who work at the Ger camps come and light your stoves for you. You can request what times you want them to come and light them. Although for me, keeping them lit was harder.
What to do in Tsenkher Hot Springs
The first thing to do in Tsenkher Hot Springs is to appreciate the scenery. We spent the morning hiking around the nearby hills (mountains) and see the sources of the hot springs. Despite the cloudy day, it was a lovely and slightly challenging walk. I did bale before the last peak and headed back down.
Our ger camp, Shiveer Mankhan, also had pools filled from the natural hot springs. Exactly what was needed as a lovely treat to relax and soak in after the hike. I would definitely recommend find yourself a Ger Camp that has springs to soak in.
One of the most amazing things I did in Tsenkher Hot Springs was getting the chance to ride the local horses. I used to ride a long time ago, and really miss it, so I was really excited to have a chance to do this. These Mongolian horses are described as semi wild, but they were easy to ride and very responsive. It was also a fantastic way to get out and about and spend more time in the mountains. On the way back the horses sensed they were heading home and picked up the pace. I decided to let them be and enjoyed the canter back.
This was organised through our Ger Camp, and via the recommendation of G Adventures, so it was good to know these horses were treated well. Horses and Mongolia are so synonymous I couldn’t have come to the country without saying I had ridden a Mongolian horse.
Perhaps Tsenkher hot Springs are a bit of a tourist trap. However soaking in the ‘restorative’ hot springs does make for a lovely couple of days. I would highly recommend you add this to your list for any Mongolian Adventure.
Plus the drive in and out means you get to see some of the most enchanting and stunning scenery. Just look! It was such a change from some of the previous scenery, and I adored it.
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