Tour Description

13 day supported trekking tour in NW Mongolia bordering with Russia. Route lies across alpine tundra, mountain ridges and passes, glaciers and snow capped peaks. Camel caravan carries luggage and camp, cook(s) serve meals, professional guides lead the way. Experience the culture of ethnic Durvud minority.

The tour takes place in north-western Mongolia and its route lies in less than 100 km from the Russian border. Dominating the skyline for much of the trek are the Kharkhiraa (4,037m /13,225ft) and Turgen (3,965m/13,009ft) peaks. This is an area of alpine lakes, swift mountain streams and vast glaciers. From mountain ridges and passes there open spectacular panoramas of glaciers, desert landscapes, large lake basins and expansive grasslands.

Apart from seeing the vast tracts of unspoiled nature and undisturbed wild life it is also an opportunity to meditate and refill your soul with the energy of mother Earth. Ethnic Durvud people who inhabit the area will accompany you carrying your camp and food on 2 humped Bactrian camels. Living off large herds of domesticated yaks, sheep, goats and horses they lead a life style that has seemingly not changed for a few hundred years.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
Camel supported trek through wilderness of Kharkhiraa & Turgen mountains in North Western Mongolia 
See authentic nomadic culture of Durvud ethnic people
Green meadows, snow capped mountains, mountain lakes and streams.
 
 

Price includes

  • All accommodation (twin shared)
  • Internal transportation
  • Internal flights, arrival & departure transfers
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Sightseeing & environmental fees
  • Camping equipment
  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Expedition chef
  • Camel support

Price excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess luggage fees on internal flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • Meals not indicated
  • Gratuities.

 

Tour dates:

  • 14 June - 26 June 2018 OPEN
  • 28 June - 10 July 2018 OPEN
  • 19 July - 31 July 2018 OPEN
  • 2 Aug - 14 Aug 2018 OPEN

Price per person

  • 2 pax: 2,921 USD
  • 3 pax: 2,774 USD
  • 4 pax: 2,494 USD
  • 5 pax: 2327 USD
  • 6 pax: 2,215 USD
  • 7 pax: 2,181 USD
  • 8 pax: 2,120 USD
  • 9-10 pax: 2080 USD
  • Single room & tent extra: 152 USD
Day 1 - Arrival to Ulaanbaatar, guided city tour

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia and transfer to a centrally located 4 star hotel. Afternoon guided city tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city: the Gandan Temple - city's main Buddhist center, the central city square with a grand statue of Genghis Khan and the Zaisan Memorial, an elevated hill on the city's edge providing a panoramic view of UB. Then choose to visit one or two museums from the following: Museum of National History introducing Mongolia's history from early humans to modern era, Natural History Museum with a unique collection of dinosaur fossils, Choijin Lama or State Oracle Residence-museum displaying best samples of Buddhist artwork and religious masks. The Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare statues of Buddhist deities and items of personal use of this last theocratic ruler of Mongolia is also worth considering. An evening folk show of music, throat singing and contortion will be followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Flight to Ulaangom town and car transfer to Uliastai valley

Morning transfer to UB to airport for a 3 hours flight to Ulaangom town located in just 40km from lake Uvs, largest in Mongolia. Your guide will accompany you on board. Upon arrival we take one hour car transfer to Uliastai valley, the starting point of the trek. Here we establish our first tented camp and finalize arrangements with local camel herders who will accompany us with their beasts of burden during the trekking adventure ahead. Overnight in tents.

Day 3 - Trek to Blue Lake (distance 13km, ascent 715m, descent 520m, max elevation 2410m)

We start trekking by ascending the Uliastai pass (2410m) which will bring in to our view a fresh water alpine lake called the Blue Lake. Beyond the lake you will see rugged foothills of Kharkhiraa & Turgen peaks and their snow capped tops. After a picnic lunch we descend to the lake and trek along its shoreline until arriving to our camp site at 1795m above sea level. Our train of two humped camels will catch up with us soon after lunch time and continue on to prepare camp and dinner. Such will be the general routine for each trekking day. Tented overnight by the Blue Lake.

Day 4 - Trek to confluence of Kharkhiraa & Turgen rivers (distance 13km, ascent 406m, descent 465m, max elevation 2251m)

We curve around the lake, trek to the valley of Kharkhiraa river and continue along the riverside to its confluence with Turgen river. Both torrential rivers take source from vast glaciers of their namesake peaks. Each day we will need to cross mountain rivers and smaller streams. Across the deeper and faster ones you will be shuttled on horseback assisted by our camel drivers. Tonight we camp at Turgen river bank at 1860m above sea level. 50 meter high red rock cliffs on the opposite bank make an impressive backdrop to the campsite view. Tented overnight.

Day 5 - Trek to Dund Khoroo MТ (distance 15km, ascent 760m, descend 211m, max elevation 2347m)

It is an all day long ascent along the Kharkhiraa river at the end of which we will have gained almost 800 meters. The impressive red rock wall will continue alongside across the river. Rocky but well established trail steadily climbs up bringing more snow capped peaks into our sight. A noticeable temperature drop can also be felt. Our camel caravan will be struggling harder to catch up with us. Tented overnight at 2330m above sea level. Time permitting we will visit one of the local herding families that graze their large flocks of sheep, goats and horses on the abundant alpine pastures.

Day 6 - Trek to Kharkhiraa pass (distance 14km, ascent 760m, descent 211m, max elevation 2630m)

We continue trekking upstream along the Kharkhiraa river until arriving to its headspring. This is also the bottom of the main water dividing ridge. Several small streams are to be negotiated on foot. Tented overnight.

Day 7 - Exploration of alpine lakes (distance 10km, ascent 390m, max elevation 3010m)

Although staying in the same campsite we have a somewhat challenging exploration excursion to several alpine lakes nestled at the southern foothill of the Turgen massif. Those wishing can rest at the camp or take some smaller hikes in the area. Tented overnight.

Day 8 - Cross Kharkhiraa pass, trek to Ereesen valley in Olon Nuur valley (distance 25km, ascent 390m, max elevation 2993m)

The most challenging trekking day. We first ascend 2944meter high Kharkhiraa pass which is a small plateau surrounded by glaciers. Views of the Turgen and Kharkhiraa peaks aligned north to south open from the top. We then descend to Ereesen valley in Olon Nuur valley, literally meaning “valley of many lakes” and trek along its edges to keep on drier trails and camp at an altitude of 2688m above sea level.

Day 9 - Cross Yamaat pass (distance 19km, ascent 667m, max elevation 2959m)

We cross the Olon nuur valley, typical highland tundra with permafrost not deep below the surface and therefore abundance of water and marshes. We exit the Olon Nuur valley by ascending the 2959m Black Goat pass which marks the entrance to the Black Goat valley which is formed by two parallel ridges that extend from the Turgen peak. The lower slopes on both sides are densely forested. This is a home to the elusive Snow Leopard and wild mountain goat the former’s main prey. We descend in to the valley and trek for a good half day till reaching our campsite.

Day 10 - Last trekking (15km) day and transfer to Ulgii town

We trek down the Black Goat valley After 15km the trek finishes. Here we part with our local guides and take car transfer (4-5 hours) to Ulgii town, home to the largest Muslim community of Mongolia. Dinner and overnight in a cozy local hotel.

Day 11 - Return flight to Ulaanbaatar

This morning we catch a return flight to UB. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping and else. Farewell dinner.

Day 12 - Leisure day in Ulaanbaatar

This is a spare day to spend for shopping and self-exploration.

Day 13 - Departure

Transfer to airport for your return flight home.

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