Nomadic Altai Trekking

One of the most attractive and unusual tour type here in Mongolia is Trekking. Following trekking adventure will take place in Western Mongolia specially in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. In this remote corner where Mongolia, China, and Russia meet, we discover a beautiful swath of untouched wilderness. And you will have opportunity to feel real nomadic life & tradition during this epic journey. Experience a pristine mountain world where Kazakh nomads still hunt with golden eagles.

Highlights of the Trip

Day 1: Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii & Altai Tavan Bogd National Park(3 hours flight and 200km drive)

Day 2: Tavan Bogd Massif ( 16km up to Base camp ) hiking (16km)

Day 3: 16km down back to Tsagaan Gol Valley-hiking (16km)

Day 4: Hike to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain-hiking (15km)

Day 5: Hike to the Khar Airikh Valley-hiking (15km)

Day 6: Altai Mountain crossing-hiking (15km)

Day 7: Hike to Bear Valley (15km)

 

Day 8: Hike to Eight Lake (15km)

Day 9: Hike to Green lake and arrive to end of the Bear valley (15km)

Day 10: Hike towards Aral Tolgoi area (15km)

Day 11: Hike to Hoton Lake (15km)

Day 12: Continue hiking towards Hoton Lake (15km)

Day 13: Drive to Ulgii city(180km drive)

Day 14: Fly back to UB

 

Trip Moments:

Trip Details:

Group Size: 4-15 pax , Travel time: June-Sep, Discounts available for the groups!

Day 1 Ulgii & Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Catch an early flight to Ulgii, western province of Mongolia. After tour briefing we will drive 180km via the village of Ulaanhus over desert mountain landscapes (4-5hrs) and reach the road end. This is home place of Tuvan people, other small ethnic group in Mongolia. Here we will meet with the nomads who will supply horses and camels for our trek. Overnight in tent.

Day 2, Tavan Bogd massif ( Base camp )

Trek for the 16km  towards the base camp of the snow-capped TavanBogd massif. We will pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai – and remain there for two nights. TavanBogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul( Cold peak ) is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level.. The other peaks are: Nairamdal( Friendship ), Ulgii, Burged(Eagle) and Malchin(Nomad). Enjoy the gorgeous view of all of them during the sun set and sun rise.

Day 3: 16km down back to Tsagaan Gol Valley-hiking (16km)

Trek back to to the head of Tsagaan Gol( White River ) valley where Tuvan people spend their summer. Tuvans are shamans, and there are some tribe people who really practice shaman and they help sick people and do various shaman ceremonies.  In the evening visit Tuvan family and get introduced to their culture, taste dairy products as well as milk vodka, which is distilled from the yogurt , made from yak milk. They also do wonderful felt crafts. Camp nearby the family.

Day 4: Hike to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain-hiking (15km)

Hike to the Khar Airikh Valley via Shiveet Hairhan Uul( Carved Holly Mountain ) we will be able to see the biggest petroglyphs from the iron and bronze ages and Turkic invasions. There are about 400 Ibexes (Mountain Goat) on the top of the Shiveet Mountain. So, if we lucky we can see & capture some of them during the trek.

Day 5, Hike to the Khar Airikh Valley

Today we will hike towards Altai Mountains and we will camp near to it. This is the summer and autumn as well as winter place for some of the Tuvan families. We can join them for the hot tea and chit-chat with them. Some of them a very good shamans as well.

 

Day 6: Altai Mountain crossing-hiking (15km)

Today we will pass the Altai at the highest elevation( 3200m ).

 

Day 7: Hike to Bear Valley (15km)

After crossing the Altai Mountain we enter to Bear Valley as local nomads used to call. We are now in a scenic area, where small streams develop into rives fed by the melting glaciers flowing down broad steppe valleys. 

 

Day 8: Hike to Eight Lake (15km)

Trek down a valley with patches of Larch forests and reach the so called Eight Lake where we pitch camp.

Day 9: Hike to Green lake and arrive to end of the Bear valley (15km)

Today we will continue trekking downhill to the Green Lake and reach to the end of the Bear Valley and meet with the vehicle team.( starting from here the car will always follow us during the hiking so if we need any help they will be ready). We will overnight here in tents.

Day 10: Hike towards Aral Tolgoi area (15km)

Today we will hike to Aral Tolgoi area and on the way we will visit lot of  Kazakh nomadic families where we will organize a small nomadic ceremony by inviting all neighbors and slaughtering a sheep and have “ Five fingers” feast.  Sing songs and enjoy your time with nomads.

 

Day 11: Hike to Hoton Lake (15km)

Hike towards Hoton lake and visit nomadic families on the way.

 

Day 12: Continue hiking towards Hoton Lake (15km)

Today we will continue our trekking to the Hoton lake. Here you can see snowcapped mountains which makes wall between Mongolia and China. Nice place to pitch our camp.

Day 13: Drive back to Ulgii city(180km drive)

Drive to Ulgii through  Hurgan lake and Khovd river valley, stop by some deer stones and balbals (Turkic stone man). Stop by the Kazakh Eagle hunter family, get introduced with the eagle hunting traditions and skills. See the bird.  Stay in ger camp nearby Ulgii and enjoy traditional Kazakh concert and beshbarmak which is traditional Kazakh meal.

Day 14, Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Catch an early flight to UB. After check in to the hotel we will drive to Chinggis Khan equestrian statue at Tsonjin Boldog. Chinggis Khan equestrian statue is a 40-metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul river at Tsonjin Boldog,(54 km east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar), where according to legend, he found a golden whip. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. At the evening drive back to Ulaanbaatar. 

End of the trip!

 

Include: 

Domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia, hotel in Ulaanbaatar and Ulgii city, all the overnight Gers and tents, three meals a day, English speaking guide, cook, renting of riding horses or camels, support staff including drivers, all Border and National park permits. Possible to help with some visa problems.

Do not include: 

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

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