Q: Nice region. Been there in 2008 with 4x4 and trekking. Now planning to bike it in 2017. Do you think one could close the circuit passing further to tsagaan nuur and heading back to chatgal by western shore ? thanks. email@example.com -temis
A: I'm guessing you know that once you reach Tsagaan Nuur you are in the middle of the Darkhad Depression and far from the lake. As you proceed south back towards Hatgal, you will reach Renchinlkhumbe Sum. From here, if you have the legs for it at this point (I wouldn't =) ), you can head east and return to Hovsgol Lake by going over Jigleg Pass. This is a big climb and can be muddy, but the scenic rewards are outstanding. After dropping down the pass and reaching the lake, there are trails and two tracks much of the way back to Hatgal. It's about 50km back to Hatgal. You have to use dirt road for a portion of this stretch where all the ger camps are located.
A: Sooooo sorry to have missed your post until now. Yes, from the north end of the lake, you can head west and climb over the pass towards Tsagaan Nuur. If I remember correctly, it is about 50km to the top of the pass. I can't remember how far it is from the top of the pass to Tsagaan Nuur.