The geography of country is characterized by great diversity.  From the north to south it can be divided 4 main areas, mountain forest, mountain steppe, semi desert and Gobi desert. Mongolia resides on a high mountainous plateau some 1,580 meters of average altitude above the sea level. The highest point is Khuiten peak in the Altai Mountains at 4,374m. The lowest point, Lake Khokh nuur in the east, lies at 560m.