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Khar Us Lake
The freshwater lake Char Us – translated it means black water lake – is located about 30 kilometers east of Chowd and is fed by the river Chowd. The landscape consists of desert steppes as far as the eye can see. You rarely meet animals and hardly any plants grow. Permission to enter the nature reserve surrounding the lakes is obtained in Chowd. Everywhere the ground consists of accumulations of gravel. If a strip of green is to be found, it can be traced back to a tributary into the Char-Us lake. Seen from Khovd, this is the closest.
On the shores of Char Us Lake there are mostly swampy spots and only in the north you can get to the lake through the reeds to watch swans, gulls, geese, cormorants, pelicans, cranes, birds of prey, ducks and herons. There are around ten smaller and larger islands in the lake, which you can reach with your own rubber dinghy. For enthusiastic nature lovers, the effort of the transport is worthwhile, because bird watching in the middle of the lake is an unforgettable experience, but not recommendable due to the many mosquitos. Bathing is possible in summer, but not recommended because of the many mosquitos.

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