Trekking in Altai Mountains
(12 days)

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Detailed description


Arrival in Bayan Olgii

This journey will take you to a place that only a few people have visited. Mongolia’s western regions are a linguistic mash-up of Muslim and Mongolian customs. Trekking through this wild landscape can include a variety of encounters as well as a thrilling journey of discovery.

We will be flying to Olgii, the capital of Bayan Olgii province, today. Unlike the rest of Mongolia, which is ruled by Khalkh Mongolians, Bayan-Olgii has a Kazakh majority, almost all of whom are Muslims. Olgii also has its own small mosque. When you arrive, our local team will greet you and take you west into the National Park.

(Tented Camp L, D)

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Khurgan Khoton Lakes

We’ll travel to the Khurgan and Khoton Lakes today and visit the surrounding area. On the way, we can stop at Tsengel sum, a world heritage site inscribed by UNESCO, to see the large and beautiful deer stones located 15 kilometers to the south.

Khurgan and Khoton lakes are Mongolia’s second largest and clearest lakes, with an average depth of 26 meters and a maximum depth of 58 meters.

A deep natural channel connects the Khoton and Khurgan Lakes. The scenery surrounding the lakes is stunning, with snow-capped mountains in the background.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Nogoon Lake

We’ll get up early today and return the car to Olgii. We’ll also be welcoming our camel-breeding neighbors, who will help with navigation and transportation with two-humped Bactrian camels and Mongolian horses. These local herders will be joining us on our upcoming eight-day adventure trek. Our first campsite is near a 6000-year-old horse carving carved into a large rock. We’ll spend the night with a Kazakh family or in a tented camp near Nogoon Lake.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Tsagaan Us Valley

As we travel north, our landscape gradually changes to high mountain passes, deep green forests, and wide open valleys. You will feel profoundly linked to mother nature as the landscape shifts and becomes more diverse.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Takhilt Pass

Trekking can become more difficult as the altitude rises.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Baavgai Valley

Today we’ll begin our ascent of Takhilt Mountain Pass by trekking through the beautiful Baavgai Valley.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Shiveet Mountain /Tavan Bogd NP Entry/

Our route will take us to the entrance of Tavan Bogd National Park in total. In general, this region is thought to be the source of the White River, which originates from the Potanin Glacier. This is a famous summer camp site for nomadic peoples, and it is also where the Tuvan people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Hiking up to Shiveet Uul Mountain, with its breathtaking blue lakes, 3000 m high snow-capped mountains, a glacier, and archaeological sites, is an option. It is possible to visit Tuvan people for a friendly discussion about their way of life and culture.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Potanin Glacier/Base Camp

The Potanin Glacier, which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak, is Mongolia’s largest (4374m).

We’ll walk about 12 kilometers today to the Potanium Glacier’s base camp.   The glaciers are situated between 3,500 and 4,000 meters above sea level. They are the source of the Tsagaan River and run for 16 kilometers. We’ll settle into our Gers and get ready for the next day’s trek to Malchin Peak when we arrive at base camp.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Climbing Khuiten Peak (4374 m)

Between the base camp and Khuiten Peak, we’ll cross the Potanin Glacier. Before reaching the summit, we’ll have to cross some crevasses. The hike takes one day from the base camp.

Depending on the weather, we will begin climbing Mongolia’s highest mountain, Khuiten, the most prominent of the Tavan Bogd Holy Five Peaks, early in the morning. Our experienced guide will teach us how to climb and provide us with all of the required equipment.

If the weather turns grim, the climbing experience will be more difficult. Climbing may be postponed!

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Oigor River /Another Tavan Bogd NP entrance/ & Olgii

On average terrain, the final day of the trek will take 4 to 5 hours to reach the Oigor River. We’ll see our vehicles and begin driving back to Ulgii from here. We can stop by a Kazakh family in Sagsai or Ulaankhus sum on the way.

(Hotel B, L, D)

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Fly out from Olgii to Ulaanbaatar

The time has come to leave and fly back to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. You can use your free afternoon to see as you fit. You could always go see the lovely cultural show and admire the contortionists while watching colorful and rhythmic Mongolian dances.

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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 a nearby mountain valley and riding on horseback together with the hunters through the 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 generation.

(Family Stay)

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Option 2: Malchin Peak-Base Camp

We will depart for our expedition to the Tavan Bogd Glacier after a hearty breakfast. We’ll hike through a high mountain landscape of wetlands and rocks. The five mountain peaks of the Tavan Bogd Mountain, as well as its glacier, will be visible from above. The absolute top of the Altai Mountain Chain and Mongolia’s highest mountain peak will be in front of you. Malchin hill, the smallest of Tavan Bogd’s mountain tops, is our final destination today (4050 m). It will take us approximately 6 hours to reach the summit. The majority of the climb will be on rocks, and we will return to camp in the evening. We will be able to see Russia and China from the top of the mountain.

(Tented Camp)

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