Siilkhem Nuruu

Siilkhem Nuruu

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Saylyugem Mountains (Russian: Сайлюгем, Sajljugem; Mongolian: Сийлхэмийн нуруу, Sîlhemîn nurû), or Sailughem, is a mountain range in the Southeastern part of Altai Mountains. The range stretches 130 km north-east from 49° N and 86° E towards the western extremity of the Sayan Mountains in 51° 60' N and 89° E. Their mean elevation is 1,500 to 1,750 m. The snow-line runs at 2,000 m on the northern side and at 2,400 m on the southern, and above it the rugged peaks tower up some 1,000 m more.

Spread along the northern border of Bayan-Olgii with the border to Russia, this 140,000 hectare park and a neighboring Russian park provides important habitat to many large mammals such as argali sheep, ibex, wolf, and snow leopards. The park has particularly large numbers of argali sheep. Several archeological sites can be found including standing stones, petroglyphs, and burial mounds. Hiking, horse riding, mountain climbing, camping, nature and cultural sightseeing, and eagle hunting are available inside the park. The park is divided into 2 sections with the Russian border crossing in between. Supplies can be bought at shops near the crossing or in the nearby village of Tsagaannuur (borders the eastern section and 30 km from the western section). Regular shared jeeps drive daily between Tsagannuur and Olgii, though you may have to hire a jeep from there to get to the park. However it will be easier to hire a jeep in Olgii. There are regular tours through the park by local tour guides.

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