Ulaangom is the capital of Uvs province. It is near Uvs Lake, a large saltwater lake with the largest surface area in Mongolia.


The city is located near the shores of Lake Uvs Nuur, and has a population of around 27,000. It has an extreme and harsh climate, with temperatures often dropping as low as -45°C in the Winter while rising to as high as +40°C during the Summer. It is considered to be the coldest province in the country. While the city does not boast an abundance of tourist attractions, it serves as a good base to explore the north-west corner of Mongolia.


Ulaangom is home to the last 2 Communist leaders of Mongolia, Tsedenbal (1952–1984) and Batmunkh (1984–1990). There is a large statue and a whole wing of the local museum dedicated to Tsedenbal. While the area is peaceful today, Uvs resembled the 'Wild West' during the 90s when cattle raiding between Uvs and the neighboring Tuvan Republic in Russia made the region particularly dangerous. Things finally returned to normal after one of the few border fences on the Russian-Mongolian border was completed in the early 2000s, separating Uvs Aimag and the Tuvan Republic.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -26.0 -23.4 -11.6 6.5 19.0 24.5 25.4 23.3 17.3 7.2 -5.8 -21.2
Nightly lows (°C) -36.6 -35.4 -24.9 -6.0 3.7 10.1 12.2 9.7 3.3 -5.4 -15.6 -30.6
Precipitation (mm) 1.8 1.8 3.4 3.9 6.3 26.2 35.0 22.8 13.4 4.6 6.8 4.0

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Get in

There are medium-sized buses leaving from the Dragon Center in Ulaanbaatar several times a week. It is also possible to take a shared jeep or van to and from Hovd that leaves most days. This trip takes about 10 hours with a stop for dinner at a small Mongolian cafe.

By Plane

The city's airport code ULO. Ulaangom Airport was built in 2009 and has a new concrete runway and terminal. It is located 13 km outside the city, meaning a long taxi ride into town. There are currently flights to Ulaanbaatar and Ölgii, though the Ölgii flight is only one way to Ulaangom.





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Uvs Nuur
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