Tour Description

Majestic Altai Mountains guard the western frontiers with China and Russia. Its spectacular peaks, covered in vast glaciers, are home to Argali sheep, Ibex, Lynx and the elusive Snow Leopard. The area is inhabited by Kazakh and Tuvan hunters whose ways of life have not changed since times unmemorable. Kazakhs have ancient traditions of falconry. They employ Golden Eagles which are kept for hunting foxes, hares and other small animals. Start off from the alpine lakes of Khoton and Khurgan, trek along glacial rivers, across lush meadows and icy gorges. Myriads of flowers entertain eyes of those traveling in June. Hundreds of stone mounds marking burials of various ancient tribes lie alongside our trail. Finally reach the base of the Tavan Bogd mountain range, the highest in Mongolia. Here, facing cold glaciated peaks and vast moraines beneath them time stands still. The tour allows a wealth of cultural experience in the caring company of local nomads and hunters.

  • Trekking in Majestic Altai mountain range area 
  • See authentic culture of Kazakh people with golden eagle and Tuva nomadic people
  • Camel supported trek between NP gates and Tavan bogd mountain’s base camp
  • See highest peak Mt. Khuiten and the largest glacier Potanin, 
  • Ascent to the Malchin peak 4050m ASL
  • Petroglyphs and Twin lake.

Price includes

  • 1 Overnight in a hostel in Ulgii town (Twin/B)
  • 2 Overnights in 4 star hotel (Twin/B)
  • 8 Tented overnights (Twin)
  • Flight ticket UB – Ulgy - UB
  • Camping & cooking equipment
  • All indicated meals
  • Drinking water
  • All visits and sightseeing fees
  • NP and border area permit fees
  • Overland transport: Russian 4*4 van(s) including gasoline
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Expedition cook
  • Pack camels and camel drivers
  • Satellite phone for emergencies

Price excludes

  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fee on local flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Tour dates:

  • 16 July - 27 July 2018 OPEN
  • 17 Aug - 28 Aug 2018 OPEN

Price per person

  • 2 pax: 2,780 USD
  • 3-4 pax: 2,270 USD
  • 5-6 pax: 1,980 USD
  • 7-8 pax: 1,820 USD
  • 9-10 pax: 1,746 USD
  • 11-12 pax: 1,620 USD
Day-1 Arrival

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia and transfer to 4 star Bayangol hotel in the city center. 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 of the following museums: Museum of National History introducing Mongolia's history from early humans to modern era, and the Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare Buddhist artwork and items of personal use of this last theocratic ruler of Mongolia. A show of traditional music, throat singing and contortion will be presented before or after a welcome dinner. (Hotel/D)

Day-2 Flight to Ulgy

Early this morning take a 3 hour flight to Ulgy town in Western Mongolia. The Kazakhs living in the area are the largest national minority and practice Sunni Islam. A number of other ethnic groups also reside in the province in the region. Upon arrival meet with a support team of driver(s), cook(s) and a guide and head westward. At the end of a 5 - 6 hours travel across mountainous desert we camp in the valley of Oigor river. Upon arrival we erect our tented camp. Dinner and overnight in tents. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day-3 Trek to Tavan Bogd peaks base camp (BC)

Trek for 15km to Tavan Bogd peaks base camp (BC). 2 thirds of the way is a gradual but continuous ascent across high mountain terrain with some marshes and a couple of streams to cross. Camel drivers load up camels and start later but soon overtake and arrive at camp earlier allowing the cook set up his operations. Trekkers carry their lunch boxes. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day-4 Climb to Malchin peak (4051-m)

Climb to 4051m Malchin peak. A return trip takes at least 7 hours. We will need to hike along the Potanin glacier moraine for an hour before stepping on the mountain. Although clearly established the trail is mostly on the scree. Once at the top you can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views of glaciers beneath and of the Russian territory as the ridge overlaps with the border line. Only trekking poles are required for the Malchin climb. Alternatively, you can take a less demanding option of hiking up to a lower ridge and glance into Russia too.(Tent/B,L,D)

Day-5 Trek to White river

Trek out to lower gate of Tavan Bogd NP - White river valley. This time it is an easy stroll downhill although interrupted by a couple bogs and slightly longer than the way up. Again loads are carried by camels. Tonight we taste local hospitality by visiting one our camel driver's tent. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day-6-8 Trek to Har salaa - Baavgain salaa - Tsagaan Us river

We leave the lakes behind and enter the mountains. The White Water River runs from vast glaciers of the "Tavan Bogd" massif north of the lakes. Its waters are milky white due to glacial dust floating in them. The first day we trek along the White Water river and follow one of its fast tributaries the next day. Though fenced by high rocky ridges on both sides, the river valley is rich in flowers and vegetation. With a bit of luck you may even spot a Mountain Goat (Ibex) or a marmot. Each day we will be trekking for a minimum of 5 hours. Our camp and kitchen will be moved by camels. In the afternoon of the seventh day we will make our way across a 3400m pass called "Worship" and descend into the valley of White River, which takes its source from the longest glacier in Mongolia named after a Russian traveler Potanin. As we approach to descend, the emerald green river glows winding down below and, the icy peaks of the "Tavan Bogd" loom in the background. In the camp we reunite with our drivers who will have made a detour to meet us. The valley is the home of our Tuvan friends and we camp nearby their gers. Their hospitality is unparallel, there is always someone to invite you home to taste their tea and food. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day-9 Trek to Khurgan Khoton lake

Khurgan and Khoton are spectacular alpine lakes at an altitude of 2073m. A number of moraines, result of earlier glaciations, and snow capped mountains surround them. Our campsite at Khoton lake is truly idyllic. It has one of the largest petroglyph galleries in Mongolia. They date back to Neolithic period and the Bronze Age and depict numerous hunting scenes, and representations of wild and domestic animals. Also there are some distinctly well preserved ancient burial sites. In the afternoon you may go swimming, explore the surroundings or laze in the camp. Water temperature permitting we go for a swim before the dinner. (Tent/B,L,D)

Day-10 Drive to Ulgy

7-8 hour return drive to Ulgy town. En-route we stop to visit a local Kazakh family and see their golden eagles which are kept for hunting purposes. In Ulgy we check in to the hostel by far the best accommodation in town. Dinner in a local restaurant. (Hostel / B,L,D)

Day-11 Flight to Ulaanbaatar

This morning we catch a return flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. (Hotel / B,L,D)

Day-12 Departure

Transfer to airport for departure.

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