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Trekking Info

Trekking characteristics:

  • Trip Type: Difficult
  • Pack horse or pack camels
  • No vehicle support possible
  • With/without local flight
  • High mountain platteau
  • Alpine lakes, forests
  • Fishing possible

Trekking dates:

  • Departure any time
  • From May until October

Duration:

  • 12 days tour
  • Can be customized
  • 7 to 9 days trekking
  • 8 optional days
  • Can be combined with another trek

Group size:

  • Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum 12 people

Accommodation:

  • Tented camps
  • Family Stay

Meals:

  • With cook and food
  • Western and Mongolian food
  • Self cooking possible

Price Includes:

  • Transport within Mongolia
  • Full pension in the countryside
  • Accommodation as described in the tour description
  • All support staff including driver, translator, camp assistants
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • National park fee entrances
  • Road taxes
  • Pack horses and/or camels
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel

Price Excludes:

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical and trip insurance
  • Evacuation costs
  • Excess baggage charges, local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Fishing equipment
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

 

 

 

Darkhad Valley Trekking

Short Trek Description

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

DAY 2: FLIGHT TO MORON

DAY 3: KHOVSGOL LAKE

DAY 4: JIGLEGIIN DAVAA PASS

DAY 5 AND 6: KHORIDOL SARIDAG MOUNTAIN

DAY 7: RENCHINLHUMBE VILLAGE

DAY 8 AND 9: SHISHEGT AND KHOGIIN RIVER

DAY 10 AND 11: DARKHAD VALLEY

DAY 12: DRIVE BACK TO MURUN

DAY 13: FLIGHT BACK TO UIAANBAATAR

DAY 14: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

DAY 15: DEPARTURE

OPTION: DRIVE ONE OR TWO WAYS BETWEEN ULAANBAATAR AND MORON

Map

Darkhad trekking in Mongolia

Detailed Trek Description

The Darkhad Valley, located northwest of Hovsgal Lake is situated between the Ulaan Taiga and Khoridol Saridag mountain ranges. It is at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level and covers an area of 4300 kmĀ².

The valley is rich in lakes and rivers, the biggest of which are Tsagaan Lake and Shishged River, respectively. The area is famous for its natural beauty, but relatively remote and inaccessible even by Mongolian standards.

During heavy rains, transport to and from that area can be hard, sometimes even impossible.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by your guide. He will bring us to your comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In the afternoon we will stroll around Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the Natural and the Historical Museums.

We will stop at the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, an 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths.

(Hotel)

DAY 2: FLIGHT TO MORON

By plane from Ulaanbaatar we will reach Moron, capital city of Hovsgol province. Depending on the arrival time we will stay here for the night or we will go on driving North to Hatgal village. On the way we will visit the Uushig Deer Stone complex.

After an intensive driving on a path climbing up to the north we will at last reach the Mongolian blue pearl, the Hovsgol Lake. It is a huge 2.760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 40 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2.000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world's fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 3: KHOVSGOL LAKE

After breakfast we will start out trek. We will load all our gears on packhorses.

For our first day trekking we will hike along the shores of Hovsgol Lake. We will enjoy the unique views the lake offers.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 4: JIGLEGIIN DAVAA PASS

Today we will start hiking up to the Darkhad valley. We will trek up the Khoridol Saridag Mountain to cross the Jiglegiin Davaa pass. The pass offers us a beautiful view of the lake. There is also an Ovoo at the pass where locals worship the spirits of the nature.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 5 AND 6: KHORIDOL SARIDAG MOUNTAIN

For the next two days we will trek through the Khoridol Saridag valley. On your right you will see Dekger Khan and Nart Mountain peaks, with sharp, snow-capped peaks. The landscape is clear evidence of glaciations, with steep sided valleys, cirques and moraines.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 7: RENCHINLHUMBE VILLAGE

Today we will trek towards Arsain Sair. We will cross the Arsain Gol River and reach later Renchinlhumbe village. The village is located in the Darhad Depresstion. The region is the strongest center of Shamanism. We will re-supply our foods.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 8 AND 9: SHISHEGT AND KHOGIIN RIVER

The next two days we will trek through open valleys and plains. The steppe area is surrounded on both sides by the forests of the Taiga. We will cross the Shishegt River and come to the Khogiin River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 10 AND 11: DARKHAD VALLEY

For two more days we will trek through the Darkhad Valley. The Darkhad depression is located between the Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range and the Ulaan Taiga Forest. The depression is dotted by many small lakes in which different species of fish such as Taimen, Lenok, Siberian White Fish, Grayling, Freshwater Cod and others live.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 12: DRIVE BACK TO MURUN

We will have a very long driving day to reach Murun.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 13: FLIGHT BACK TO UIAANBAATAR

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

(Hotel, B, L, D)

DAY 14: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

Today we will have free day to explore further the town and to shop for souvenirs.

(Hotel, B)

DAY 15: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure or connection to another tour in Mongolia.

OPTION: DRIVE ONE OR TWO WAYS BETWEEN ULAANBAATAR AND MORON

It is possible to drive one or two ways between Ulaanbaatar and Moron. There are two reads, the northern road that takes 3 days and the southern road that takes 5 days. The southern road passes through Karakorum, former capital city of the Mongolian empire.

Service in Ulaanbaatar

Except airport transfers, service in Ulaanbaatar are not included in our price. Some people want extra service in Ulaanbaatar some people prefer to discover the capital city on their own. Some people prefer a luxury hotel in Ulaanbaatar, some will be satisfied with a budget accommodation. Others will book their accommodation in Ulaanbaatar by themselves.

For those interested, we can organize an Ulaanbaatar city tour.

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