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Visting Tsenkher Hot Springs
The Tsenkher Hot Springs are a very welcome relief when you arrive. If, like me, you had spent the night before camping and staying with the local family. You will then wake up feeling the effects of the homemade vodka, meaning the drive to the springs may be a little challenging, for you and for the drivers! The night with the local family is such an incredible experience (read more here) however, the next day was more of a struggle.
I travelled to Mongolia as part of G Adventures tour. A tour means the country is so much more accessible. If you are interested take a look at the tour here: NOMADIC MONGOLIA
Scenery around the Tsenkher Hot Springs
One of the things you might notice while driving through Mongolia is the lack of trees, however as you got closer to the springs this changes and it is very exciting to see of all the these beautiful trees. The scenery is actually reminiscent of the alps. The ‘road’ (as Mongolia roads go) into the springs is a tricky one and involves crossing lots and lots of streams. As ever with Mongolia, it is extremely beautiful.
You will probably enter through a track that weaves through the trees , before stopping at a beautiful vista looking down the stunning valley. It is very different to previous scenery seen in Mongolia, and breathing in the cool air feels like medicine.
The temperature here is a lot lower than in the Gobi, and the wildlife becomes scattered with Yaks who look so cosy in their shaggy coats. If you are someone who is a fan of the cooler climes and being cosy, this place will be heaven.
In this part of Mongolia, stoves appear in the gers and it is such a wonderful addition to any Ger. It is also definitely needed, as it can often be extremely rainy and a lot of drying off in the cosy warmth is required. 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 the challenge is to actually keep them lit, once they are lit for you!
What to do in Tsenkher Hot Springs
The first thing to do in Tsenkher Hot Springs is to appreciate the scenery. Spend the morning hiking around the nearby hills (mountains) and go and visit the sources of the hot springs. Even if it is a cloudy day, it is a lovely and slightly challenging walk. There is also the chance to bale before the final peak and head back down if needed!
Ger camp, Shiveer Mankhan, also has pools filled from the natural hot springs. Exactly what is needed as a lovely treat to relax and soak in after the hike. Definitely try and find yourself a Ger Camp that has springs to soak in. Just take off any jewellery before entering as the sulphur tarnishes it!
One of the most amazing things to do in Tsenkher Hot Springs is getting the chance to ride the local horses. These Mongolian horses are described as semi wild, but they are 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. The best thing to do is let them be and enjoy 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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