An uncommon adventure will take you through the wilderness of Altai, the highest mountainous region in the western Mongolia. From the snow covered peaks to the rivers running through breathtaking valleys, from the ancient rock painting art galleries to the unique local traditions, this trekking journey will immerse you into untouched beautiful nature and rich cultural heritages of Mongols.
Length: 13nights / 14days
Tour starting: 15th of June
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• Category: Trekking Tours Mongolia
• Places to visit: Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii town – Altai Tavan Bogd National Park – Malchin Mountain – Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain – Takhilt Pass – Khoton Lake – Ulgii town – Ulaanbaatar
• Duration: 13nights / 14days
• Activities: Trekking, exploring famous archaeological and cultural sites, learning and experiencing nomadic culture and unique local traditions
• Covering distance: 3980kms
• Number of participants: Min-3, max-12
• Season: June – mid September
An uncommon adventure will take you through the wilderness of Western Altai, the Mongolia’s highest mountains. From the snow covered peaks to the rivers running through breathtaking valleys, this journey will immerse you into untouched beautiful nature and rich cultural heritages of western Mongolia. A great opportunity to meet the various ethnic minorities like Muslim Kazakh people who practice their unique tradition of training of Golden Eagle is a part of highlights along this journey.
Day 1 Welcoming day
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to your hotel. After refreshment you will take a city sightseeing tour including visits to Gandantegchinlen monastery and National museum. Evening enjoy traditional art performance and Welcome dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. BD
Day 2 Travel to western Mongolia
In the morning transfer to airport. Flight to Ulgii town, the center of Bayan-Ulgii, the westernmost province of Mongolia. Meet with your guide and local service team. Continue on travel as heading to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park for 100kms. Stay overnight in tent. BLD
Day 3 Travel to Altai Tavan Bogd
Morning you will continue the drive to Altai Tavan Bogd for 140kms. On the way you will enjoy ancient dear statues and archaeological burial sites. Reach to our camping spot nearby Tuvan ethnic nomads. Enjoy short hike to neighboring mountain. In the evening you will meet with your local assistants who will care our entire luggage, camping equipments and food provisions for transporting by pack camels, rented from local people. No vehicle will be supporting our trip for next seven days. Stay overnight in tent. BLD
Day 4 Trek to Tavan Bogd Mountains
After hearty breakfast in the morning, we will trek to the Tavan Bogd Holy Mountains. Enjoy an extraordinary view of Mongolian highest mountains and glaciers while trekking about 4-5hours for 16kms of moderate walk through slightly sloping passes. We will reach to a base camp spot on the edge of the Potaniin’s Glacier. Stay overnight in tent. BLD (altitude app. 3100m above sea level)
Day 5 Climbing to Malchin Mountain
Today we will climb up to the peak of Malchin Mountain, that stretches for 4051m above sea level, as the lowest peak of Tavan Bogd Mountains. This mountain lies along the borderline of Mongolia and Russia and offers a spectacular view over the Potanin’s glacier and snow peaked summits of Altai Mountain Range. Trek back to the base camp. Stay overnight in tent. BLD (altitude app. 4051m above sea level)
Day 6 Trek to Shiveet Khairkhan
Trekking for 18kms along the Tsagaan River through stunning valley. Reach the Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, is sacred to local people and it boasts many herds of wild goats – ibex. Visit to Tuvan nomad family. Overnight stay in tent. BLD (altitude app. 2500m above sea level)
Day 7 Exploring ancient rock art gallery – UNESCO World heritage site
Trekking for 20kms along with mountain valley of Khar Salaa. Most interestingly you will explore dear statues and thousands of petroglyphs spanning the past 8-10000 years as keeping secrets of ancient civilizations of nomadic people. On the way of the trek you will enjoy beautiful small lakes as a home to different spacious of water birds. Stay overnight in tent nearby a nomad family. BLD (altitude app. 2450m above sea level)
Day 8 Trek to mountain pass Takhilt
Trekking to mountain pass Takhilt about 7-8kms. Crossing over the pass will require quite much efforts when it covered by snow. You will continue the trek about 10kms through the beautiful valley called Baavgait (Bear). Stay overnight in tent. BLD (altitude app. 3300m above sea level)
Day 9 Trek to small lakes
Trek for 16-18kms to your next camping spot where you will take a fabulous view of the lakes. Stay overnight in tent. BLD (altitude app. 2200m above sea level)
Day 10 Trekking to Khoton Lake
On our last day trek we will cover about 25kms for reaching to most beautiful Lake Khoton. Enjoy a miraculous view of reflection of surrounding snow peaked mountains over the lake. Here you will be registered at the Border military base of Aral Tolgoi. Stay overnight in tent. (altitude app. 2200m above sea level) BLD
Day 11 Relaxing
Today we will explore another cultural site with hundreds of petroglyphs. Visit to a Kazakh nomad family to learn more about their lifestyle and unique tradition of Golden eagle training for hunting. Afternoon we will have a rest at the campsite. While enjoying breathtaking scenery you will have an opportunity to learn how to make Mongolian dish and playing traditional game. Stay overnight in tent. BLD (altitude app. 2200m above sea level)
Day 12 Travel to Ulgii town
Morning we will say goodbye to our local mountain guide, camp assistants and pack camels. Continue on travel by car for driving about 230kms to Ulgii town. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day 13 Flight to Ulaanbaatar
Transfer to local airport for taking a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. Shopping for souvenirs and cashmere. Farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. BLD
Day 14 Departure
• Tour starting (start in Ulaanbaatar):
MA01 15 Jun
MA02 06 Jul
MA03 27 Jul
MA04 17 Aug
MA05 07 Sep
USD 3270per person
Included: All activities described in the itinerary, twin/double basis hotel accommodation (2 nights) in Ulaanbaatar, Ger camp stay (2 nights) and tent stay (9 nights) in countryside, English speaking guide service, field cook, local guides and pack animals, RT domestic flight, all camping equipments, entrance fees to Protected Areas, all transfers by bus/minibus/ in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. Meals of breakfast, lunch /picnic during the trekking in countryside/ and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.
Excluded: International transportation to and from Mongolia, travel insurance, mineral (bottled) water and alcoholic drinks, sleeping bag, tips and gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature.
Our Trekking Trips
The style of our trekking:
Trekkers are modern nomads. This is why our main concept “The Nomad Way of Trekking” is based on tradition and technology of nomadic life. Nomadic movements of Mongol herders are not conducted randomly, but according to precisely-defined traditions. Nomads have exploited the bio-physical system and in order to prevent depletion of the pasture lands, which are their natural resources, they managed the landscape in a really sustainable way… Mongolian nomadic life has developed one main purpose: to keep the natural resources (soil, water and vegetation) in their “original” condition and to use these resources in straight ways so to avoid all harm. This leading principle is already set on our programs with quality of sustainability.
Typical Trekking Days:
The best way to experience Mongolia’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty, cultural riches and unique nomadic lifestyle, is to walk. Trekking in Mongolia is not only a wilderness expedition, but also an authentic cultural experience. Most of days begin with stunning steppe sunrise when the crew brings around hot cup of tea and a warm bowl of washing water. After hearty breakfast cooked we generally walk for 3 to 4 hours. You are encouraged to walk at your own pace, stopping frequently for photographs or to meet local nomads. There is a lot of leisured time, which will allow you to write your travel diary, relax in a magnificent landscape or walk around to discover the area surrounding the camp.
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