Khentii Mountains

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Khentii Mountains
Khentii
Highest point
Peak Asralt Khairkhan
Elevation 2,800 m (9,200 ft)
Naming
Native name Хэнтийн нуруу
Geography
Country Mongolia
Aimags Khentii, Töv and Dornod
Range coordinates 48°47′N 109°10′E / 48.78°N 109.17°E / 48.78; 109.17Coordinates: 48°47′N 109°10′E / 48.78°N 109.17°E / 48.78; 109.17

The Khentii Mountains (Mongolian: Хэнтийн нуруу) are a mountain range in the Töv and Khentii Provinces in northern Mongolia. The chain overlaps the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and includes Mongolia's sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which is associated with the origin of Genghis Khan.

The range forms the watershed between the Arctic Ocean (via Lake Baikal) and the Pacific Ocean basins. Rivers originating in the range include the Onon, Kherlen, and Tuul.

Genghis Khan is thought to have found a beautiful place in the Khentii Mountains, called the Great Taboo or Ikh Khorig by the Mongols, where he sat down and stated that he wanted to be buried there. This is suspected to be the area in which he was buried. However, Genghis Khan’s grave has not been found yet.