Looking for the shortest way to reach Hovsgol and Baikal lakes on land. A question about crossing the border between Mongolia and Russia.
We are planning a trip to Mongolia and Russia- Siberia this summer. And we want to make our trip only on land (don't use airplanes). Our route will start from China- Beijing, then by train to Mongolia- Ulan Baatar, then by public buses or whatever is possible on land to Bulgan-Moron-Hatgal and Hovsgol lake. Then from Hovsgol lake we want to proceed to Russia- Baikal lake.
And the shortest way from Hovsgol to Baikal passes the border between Mongolia and Russia at Mungiin Daba. The problem is that I have read somewhere that foreigners (not Mongolians or Russians) cannot pass this point. And it is a problem, because we don't want to back again on the same road to Ulan Baatar, then from Ulan Baatar to go to Baikal.
Does anybody know some information about this border point Mungiin Daba? Is there some way we can pass it? Or if not, is there some other border point nearby, without need to back to Ulan Baatar? No airplanes, only on land.
Hi Krasen. Welcome to Travelblog. I can't help you with information about that border crossing but try searching the TB database (top right of this page). Someone else may have done it. We loved Mongolia (except for Ulan Baatar). Hope you have a great journey.
Although I took the conventional route of most tourists by train from Ulanbaatar to Ulan Ubud, and that particular crossing into Russia was intense and very strict, so Id think other crossings might be worse for tourists, especially if you can't speak the language. Id suggest messaging Ed Vallance. He is an uk expat that lives in Russia and knows quite a bit about these things. He might be able to help you navigate. Trip of a lifetime for me! Don't be deterred!
Sounds amazing. Love the vision for this trip. Keep focused and I agree with Andrea...contact Ed Vallance and see where the paths you follow lead you.
In June of 2012, i took the bus from Ulanbator to Ulan Ude. It was fairly uneventful but took 11 hours including 3 hours at the border. Not speaking the language wasn't a problem. We spent 2 days in Ulan Ude , then caught the train to Vladivostok. The train ride was epic...