The Arkhangai (= Northern Khangai) province is located just west of the centre of the country, on the northern slopes of the Khangai Mountains that rise to a height of 3,300 metres. It is a very scenic place with mountains, forests and steppe and covers 55,313.82 km², with about 90,000 inhabitants.
Arkhangai's capital is Tsetserleg, that grew around its Buddhist temple complex of Zayain Gegenii Süm,was first built in 1586 and expanded in 1679 when it had five temples and up to 1000 monks. It wasn't destroyed during the Stalinist purges in the 1930s, because it already had been converted to a museum and is a marvellous sight.
The natural highlight of Arkhangai aimag is Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, with its freshwater lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the Great White Lake, at 2,060 metres above sea level, thus called because for a good part of the year it is covered in ice. There are places to camp and a local family has gers where travellers can stay and eat with the family.
Near the village of Tariat is the Khorgoo Uul volcano, that can be easily climbed, for the view into the crater and panoramas of the surroundings. Tariat also has a guest house and even a hotel. About 50 kilometres from Tariat is the impressive Chuluut river gorge.