Tavan Bogd

Coordinates: 49°8′45″N 87°49′9″E / 49.14583°N 87.81917°E / 49.14583; 87.81917
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Tawan Bogd
ᠲᠠᠪᠤᠨ ᠪᠣᠭᠳᠠ
View of Tawan Bogd from Russian Altai
Highest point
Elevation4,374 m (14,350 ft)
Prominence2,342 m (7,684 ft)
Coordinates49°8′45″N 87°49′9″E / 49.14583°N 87.81917°E / 49.14583; 87.81917[1]
Pronunciation[ˈtaw̜əɴ ˈpɔɢət]
Tawan Bogd ᠲᠠᠪᠤᠨ ᠪᠣᠭᠳᠠ is located in Mongolia
Tawan Bogd ᠲᠠᠪᠤᠨ ᠪᠣᠭᠳᠠ
Tawan Bogd
ᠲᠠᠪᠤᠨ ᠪᠣᠭᠳᠠ
Location in Mongolia
LocationUlaankhus soum and Tsengel soum, Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia
Parent rangeMongol-Altai Mountains
First ascent1956
Easiest routeHiking
Official namePetroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai
Designated2011 (35th session)
Reference no.1382

The Tawan Bogd (Mongolian: Таван богд, [ˈtaw̜əɴ ˈpɔɢət]; lit. "Five saints") is a mountain massif in Mongolia, near the triple border with China and Russia. Its highest peak, the Khüiten Peak (formerly also known as Nairamdal Peak), is the highest point of Mongolia at 4374 meters above sea level.

The Tavan Bogd massif is located mostly within the Bayan-Ölgii Province of Mongolia; its northern slopes are in Russia's Altai Republic, and western, in China's Burqin County.

Besides the Khüiten Peak, the Tavan Bogd massif includes four other peaks: Nairamdal, Malchin, Bürged (eagle) and Ölgii (motherland).[2]

International borders[edit]

According to the relevant trilateral agreements and published topographic maps, the junction point of the China–Russia border, the China–Mongolia border, and the Mongolia–Russia border is the top of a peak with the elevation of 4081 or 4104 m, at the coordinates 49°10′13.5″N 87°48′56.3″E / 49.170417°N 87.815639°E / 49.170417; 87.815639[3][4][5] The mountain peak is referred to in the agreements and maps as the Tavan Bogd Peak (Russian: Таван-Богдо-Ула, Tavan-Bogdo-Ula; Mongolian: Таван Богд Уул, Tavan Bogd Uul), or Mount Kuitun (Chinese: 奎屯山; pinyin: Kuítún shān).[3][4][6]

Due to its remote and hard to access location, on a mountain covered with perpetual snows, the three states have agreed not to install a border marker at the tripoint.[3]

Other sources claim that the tripoint is called Nairamdal Peak, but this is not confirmed either by official agreements or by maps.

Some other peaks of the Tavan Bogd massif are located on the China–Mongolia border or the Mongolia–Russia border. In particular, the massif tallest point, the Khüiten Peak, is located on the China–Mongolia border, about 2.5 km south of the tripoint. In the past, it was known as the "Friendship Peak" (Nairamdal Uul in Mongolian, or Youyi Feng 友谊峰 in Chinese).[7]


The main peaks of the Tavanbogd massif are:

Name Height (metres)
Khüiten Peak 4,374
Nairamdal Peak 4,180
Bürged Peak 4,068
Malchin Peak 4,050
Olgii Peak 4,050


The Tavan Bogd Mountains and glaciers

According to satellite measurements, the total area of the glaciation in the Tavan Bogd massif area amounted to 204 km2 in 2009.[8] The glaciates area was 213 km2 in 1989; in other words, the glaciers lost 4.2% of their area over those 20 years.[9]

Out of the countries that share the massif, the largest glaciated area is in Mongolia; it includes the Potanin Glacier (Mongolia's longest) and the Alexandra Glacier.

According to a 2011 estimate, the northern (Russian) slope of the Tavan Bogd massif contains 12 glaciers, which cover the total of 22.8 km2.[10] According to the Russian researchers, the glaciers of the massif's northern slope lost 11% of their area between 1962 and 2002, and another 12% in 2002–2009.[11]

National Parks and protected areas[edit]

Special protected areas have been designated in all three nations sharing the Tavan Bogd.

The Mongolian part of the Tavan Bogd massif is within the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. The park covers 6,362 km2. It includes the lakes Khoton, Khurgan, and Dayan. The protected area offers a home for many species of alpine animal, such as the Argali sheep, Ibex, Red deer, Beech marten, Moose, Snow cock, and Golden eagle.

On the Russian side of the border, the Ukok Plateau, adjacent to the Tavan Bogd massif from the north, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Golden Mountains of Altai.

The glacier-fed stream on the western, Chinese, slope of the massif flow into the small Akkul Lake (阿克库勒湖), which in its turn drains into the Kanas Lake farther south; the Kanas Lake area has been designated AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.[12] An area of 5,588 km2 has been designated as the Kanas Nature Reserve (zh:喀纳斯湖自然风景保护区).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peaklist source
  2. ^ Yuducom source
  3. ^ a b c ПРОТОКОЛ-ОПИСАНИЕ ТОЧКИ ЗАПАДНОГО СТЫКА ГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫХ ГРАНИЦ ТРЕХ ГОСУДАРСТВ МЕЖДУ ПРАВИТЕЛЬСТВОМ Российской Федерации, ПРАВИТЕЛЬСТВОМ МОНГОЛИИ и ПРАВИТЕЛЬСТВОМ КИТАЙСКОЙ НАРОДНОЙ РЕСПУБЛИКИ (ПОДПИСАН в г. ПЕКИНЕ 24.06.1996) (Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of Mongolia, and the Government of the People's Republic of China, describing the western junction point of the borders of the three states. Signed in Beijing, June 24, 1996) (in Russian)
  4. ^ a b Соглашение между Правительством Российской Федерации, Правительством Китайской Народной Республики и Правительством Монголии об определении точек стыков государственных границ трех государств (Заключено в г. Улан-Баторе 27 января 1994 года) (The Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of the People's Republic of China, and the Government of Mongolia on the determination of the points of junction of the national borders of the three states) (in Russian)
  5. ^ Soviet Topo map M45-104, scale 1:100,000, (in Russian)
  6. ^ 中华人民共和国和俄罗斯联邦关于中俄国界西段的协定 (Agreement between the PRC and RF in regard to the western section of the China-Russia border), 1994-09-03 (in Chinese)
  7. ^ See e.g. the index in Krumwiede et al. 2014
  8. ^ Krumwiede et al. 2014, p. 499
  9. ^ Krumwiede et al. 2014, p. 505
  10. ^ Chistyakov & Ganiushkin 2015, p. 210
  11. ^ Chistyakov & Ganiushkin 2015, p. 207
  12. ^ "AAAAA Scenic Areas". China National Tourism Administration. 16 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2011.


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