Zavkhan (Mongolian: ??????, Zawhan) is one of the 21 aimags (regions) of Mongolia, situated in the west of the nation, 1,104 km from Ulaanbaatar. Its capital is Uliastai. The aimag is named after the Zavkhan River, which shapes the fringe amongst Zavkhan and Gobi-Altai aimag. Locally, Zavkhan's condition is viewed as "Gobi-Khangai" (???? ??????), since it interfaces the Gobi Desert in the south with the western Khangai Mountain Range and the expansive lake bowl of Khovd aimag. The most elevated crest in the area is Otgontenger (???????????, lit. "most youthful sky") both the most elevated (4,031 m) and just top in the Khangai run topped with a changeless icy mass. The mountain is situated in the 95,510 hectare Otgon Tenger Strictly Protected Area, around 60 km east of Uliastai. A picture of the mountain can be seen on the aimag's crest. Otgontenger is related with the Bodhisattva Ochirvaani (?????????). The western and south-western areas of Zavkhan contain the gigantic Bor Khyarin Els sand rises that extend for more than 100 km inside the Zavkhan, down into Gobi-Altai aimag. One of the biggest lakes in Zavkhan, Bayan Nuur (???? ????, "rich lake") is settled among the rises. Climate[edit] Most precipitation falls in the mid year months as rain, with some snow in the adjoining months of May and September. Winters are normally exceptionally dry. Zavkhan has a portion of the coldest winter temperatures in Mongolia. It has even been known to snow in Summer. In Tosontsengel, the biggest soum in Zavkhan, winter temperatures as low as ?52.9 °C (?63.2 °F) have been recorded. The soum additionally holds the record for the most astounding barometric weight at any point recorded on Earth 1,085.7 hectopascals (32.06 inHg), measured on 19 December 2001.[1] Wildlife[edit] Beside having monstrous animals populaces, Zavkhan's expansive environmental districts and profound backwoods are home to a differing populace of natural life: Gobi bears, Mongolian khulans, wild pigs, spotted deers, argali, wild goats, ibexes, Mongolian wolves, Corsac foxes, marmots, mongooses, Eurasian lynxes, rabbits, and both Mongolian and goitered gazelle. Many backwoods, mountain and transient flying creatures can be found in the aimag, including uncommon Snow chickens and Bobwhites, and additionally swans, vultures, birds of prey and peddles. Angling is a well known hobby in Zavkhan. Khar Nuur and Bayan Nuur lakes are rich with fish, and a considerable lot of the many littler waterways all through the area give nice angling. Population[edit] Populace development in Zavkhan aimag ceased in 1994, at that point movement out of the aimag (approx. 40,000 in 1995-2005) lessened its populace to the finish of 1979 level. Most of the populace is ethnic Khalkha yet there are sizable Khotgoid and Kazakh minorities.