Otgontenger Mountain Trekking - 15 Days

DAY 1: Flight to Uliastai
DAY 2-3: Otgon Hot Spa
DAY 4-5: Chuluut River
DAY 6: Otgontenger Mountain
DAY 7-10: Khokh Nuur Lake
DAY 11: Drive to Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park
DAY 12: Trek to Senjit Rock Formation
DAY 13: Mukhart Oasis
DAY 14: Uliastai
DAY 15: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Option: Shorter Version of 10 days available.
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Otgontenger Mountain

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Mountain in Steppe

Flight to Uliastai

From close to Uliastai, our jeeps will drive us along the Bogd River through the Donoi Khundii open valley to reach our trekking starting point close to the granit formation. This place is called Mod Tolgoi.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Zavkhan Province

Otgon Hot Spa

We will trek 2 more days to reach the Otgon Hot Spa into the direction of Otgontenger Mountain. Zavkhan aimag is situated in the western part of Mongolia. On the North it borders with the Russian Federation. The eastern edge of Zavkhan aimag is the western flank of the Khangai Nuruu, the second highest mountain range in Mongolia, and a spectacular area of forests and lakes, dotted with snow-clad peaks, white-water streams and hot and cold springs.

The southern and western parts of Zavkhan, usually ignored by visitors and Mongolians because of poor roads and transport, is a sharp contrast – a land of vast deserts, salt lakes and sand dunes where rain falls once or twice a year.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

River Valley

Chuluut River

Today we will trek along the Chuluut River.

(Tented Camp B, L, D) 

Otgontenger Mountain

Otgontenger Mountain

After more trekking, we will reach Otgontenger’s glaciers. Close to here is the Batar Khundaga Lake, located on the lower slopes of Otgontenger Mountain.

Otgontenger Uul is the highest peak of the Khangai Nuruu range and Mongolia’s 5th highest mountain. Its peak is at 4020 meters above the sea level. Othgontenger is the only mountain of the Khangaii range that is capped with a glacier. Otgontenger is one of the worshipped mountains of Mongolia.  Worshipping began during Khunnu times by the first governing state of Mongolia, and this tradition continues to the present day. Historically, this mountain was initially protected in 1818. The peak and its environs have been protected since 1992 to converse the high mountain ecosystem. The south face of Otgon Tenger Uul is the biggest granite wall in Mongolia.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Trekking in Valley

Khokh Nuur Lake

We will hike for the next 3 days, passing Khurh Nuur Lake and ending our trekking at Nart Lake.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur

Drive to Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park

Scenic valley of Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur along the enormous sand dunes is just breath-taking. The lake occupies a dale in the Khangai Mountains to the East from the Great Lakes Depression. It is located to west side around 1000 km from Ulaanbaatar capital city. The freshwater lake is surrounded by huge sand dunes in the north and mountain hills in the southern shore.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Senjit Rock Formation

Trek to Senjit Rock Formation

Today we will trek to Senjit Rock located on top of a hill. In ancient times the rock used to be solid but the strong wind carved the gate into today’s formation over millions of years. The size of the gate is 6m in width, 3.5m in height and beautifully existing in the area. We will overnight near the stone arch.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Mukhart Oasis

Mukhart Oasis

We will cross this 15 km wide sand dune to end the day along a small river running south of the sand dune. We will set camp between the sand dune and the Mukhart Oasis.  Several sites of the sand dunes harbour small or big rivers. The most interesting one is Mukhart River arises beneath the sand dunes and flows throughout the desert and finally join Zavkhan River.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)


Camp in Mountain


Today we will arrive at Uliastai to catch our flight.

(Hotel B, L, D)

Driving in Mongolian Countryside

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Our team will take you directly to your hotel. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner and share some unforgettable moments of the trip.




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