Trekking in Altai Mountains-12 Days

DAY 1: Arrival in Bayan Olgii
DAY 2: Khurgan Khoton Lakes
DAY 3: Nogoon Lake
DAY 4: Tsagaan Us Valley
DAY 5: Baavgai Valley
DAY 6: Takhilt Pass
DAY 7: Shiveet Mountain /Tavan Bogd NP Entry/
DAY 8: Potanin Glacier /Base Camp
DAY 9: Climbing Khuiten Peak (4374m)
DAY 10: Climbing Khuiten Peak (4374m)
DAY 11: Oigor River /Another Tavan Bogd NP entrance/ & Olgii
DAY 12: Fly out from Olgii to Ulaanbaatar
Option 1: Malchin Peak - Base Camp
Option 2: Altantsugts, Eagle Hunting Family visit
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Khuiten Peak in Altai Tavan Bogd

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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Arrival in Bayan Olgii

This trek will take you to a destination few people have experienced. The Western parts of Mongolia are a cultural mix of Muslim and Mongolian traditions. Trekking through this wild countryside will bring in varied experiences and make for an exciting trip of discoveries. Today we will take the plane for Olgii, capital city of Bayan Olgii province. Our vehicles will be waiting for us at the airport. Unlike the rest of Mongolia, which is dominated by Khalkh Mongolians, about 90% of Bayan-Olgii’s population are Kazakh, almost all of them Muslims. Olgii has even its own little mosque. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our local team and drive further to west into National Park. We will set up our tented camp on a truly idyllic spot.

(Tented Camp L, D)

Khoton Nuur

Khurgan Khoton Lakes

Today we will start driving to Khurgan & Khoton Lakes. On the way we can drive to Tsengel sum to see big and beautiful 2 deer stones located 15km to the south, which is registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

All driving except in the beginning part will be challenging dirt road and finally we will reach some ancient Gokturk’s stone monuments (1500-2000 years old) near Biluut Hill. Khurgan and Khoton lakes are second largest and clearest of all lakes in the Mongolia, the average depth is 26 m, and the maximum depth approximately 58 m. The Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are connected by a wide natural channel. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque, with snow-capped mountains.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Nogoon Nuur in Altai

Nogoon Lake

Today we will get up early and send the car back to Olgii. As well as we will welcome our camel breeding locals who will be assisting for the navigation and transportation with two-humped Bactrian camels and Mongolian horses. These local herders are joining us for next 8-day adventure trekking. Our first campsite is located near 6000 years old ancient big rock carving of horses. Overnight will be either in Kazakh family or tented camp next to Nogoon lake.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Tsagaan Us Valley in Altai

Tsagaan Us Valley

Our terrain gradually turns into high mountain passes, deep green forests and wide open valleys as we go further to the north. As the landscape changes more diverse, you will feel yourself deeply connected to the mother nature.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Baavgai Valley in Altai Mountains

Baavgai Valley

Today we will trek through beautiful Baavgai valley and start ascending Takhilt Mountain pass.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Takhilt Pass Altai Mountains

Takhilt Pass

Trekking will be more challenging and becoming higher in altitude.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Shiveet Mountain in Bayan-Olgii

Shiveet Mountain /Tavan Bogd NP Entry/

Total our track will bring us to the entrance of Tavan Bogd National park. Basically this area is considered as the source of White River that comes from Potanin Glacier. This is a common place for the nomadic peoples to make camp in the summertime and where the Tuvan people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Here we can hike up to Shiveet Uul Mountain, with its stunningly beautiful blue lakes, 4000 m high snow-capped mountains, a glacier and rich for archaeological sites. There is a chance to visit a Tuvan People’s Home for friendly talk about their lifestyle and culture.
(Tented Camp B, L, D)

 

Base Camp at Malchin Peak

Potanin Glacier/Base Camp

The Potanin Glacier is the biggest one in Mongolia, which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak (4374m). The whole area is picturesque.

Today we will trek about 12 km to the base camp of Potanium glacier. The landscape is spectacular. The glaciers are located at 3,500 -4,000 m. The largest are Potanin, Alexander, Greny Glaciers. They stretch 16 km in lengths and are source of Tsagaan River. The longest one is Potanin 20 km. Upon arriving at base camp, we will be settled in our Gers and get prepared for next day trekking to Malchin peak.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Khuiten Peak

Climbing Khuiten Peak (4374 m)

We will cross the Potanin Glacier which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak. We will cross many big crevasses before reaching the peak. From the base camp, the hike is one day. We will set up camp at 3,500 m. The next morning, weather permitting, we will set about climbing the peak.

Depending on weather condition, early in the morning we will slowly start climbing the highest peak of Mongolia, Khuiten, which is the most famous of Tavan Bogd Holy Five Peaks. Most scientists believe that the mountain name comes from the word “mountain with gold.” Our professional guide will give us some instruction about how to climb and let’s get equipped with all essentials such as boots, sunglasses, ropes and ice-axes. The climbing experience will be more challenging if the weather turns badly. The climbing can be delayed!

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

 

Climbers at Khuiten Peak

Climbing Khuiten Peak (4374 m)

We will cross the Potanin Glacier which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak. We will cross many big crevasses before reaching the peak. From the base camp, the hike is one day. We will set up camp at 3,500 m. The next morning, weather permitting, we will set about climbing the peak.

Depending on weather condition, early in the morning we will slowly start climbing the highest peak of Mongolia, Khuiten, which is the most famous of Tavan Bogd Holy Five Peaks. Most scientists believe that the mountain name comes from the word “mountain with gold.” Our professional guide will give us some instruction about how to climb and let’s get equipped with all essentials such as boots, sunglasses, ropes and ice-axes. The climbing experience will be more challenging if the weather turns badly. The climbing can be delayed!

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

 

Mountains in Olgii

Oigor River /Another Tavan Bogd NP entrance/ & Olgii

The final day of the trek will take 4 to 5 hours on average terrain till we reach Oigor River. This is basically another exit of Tavan Bogd National park in the north. Here we will see our vehicles and start driving back to Olgii. On the way we can visit Kazakh family in Sagsai or Ulaankhus sum.

(Hotel B, L, D)

Eagle Hunter

Fly out from Olgii 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. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colorful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.

(B, L)

Eagle Hunters

Option 1: Altantsugts, Eagle Hunting Family visit

We will visit Kazakh families in their traditional Ger bigger than Mongolian Gers and brightly decorated with hand-made rugs. We will enjoy a cup of tea, share with our hosts delicious Kazakh dishes such as Kuz “salted and smoked horse meat” Bisbarmak while chatting and deepening our knowledge of rich Kazakh culture and custom. Afternoon we will go trekking in nearby mountain valley and riding on horseback together with hunters through scenic landscape.

We will start driving in the morning to see Eagle Hunters who dominate the high mountain kingdom and learn about their daily life, especially techniques related to hunting with Golden Eagles from generation to generations.

(Family Stay)

Malchin Peak

Option 2: Malchin Peak-Base Camp

After a good breakfast, we will set off for our expedition to the Tavan Bogd Glacier. We will trek through a high mountain terrain of rocks and wetlands. We will have a beautiful ude: 4,050 m.perspective of the 5 mountain peaks of the Tavan Bogd Mountain and of its glacier. In front of you, you will have the absolute top of the Altai Mountain Chain and the highest mountain peak of Mongolia. Our final destination of today is the smallest of Tavan Bogd’s mountain peaks, the Malchin peak (4050 m). It will take us about 6 hours to the top. Most of the climb will be on rocks and in the evening we will return back to camp. From mountain top we can see Russia and China.

(Tented Camp)

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