Olgii – Tsagaan River
The Altai Tavan Bogd is a 636,161-hectare pristine landscape that runs along the western frontier of the Bayan-Olgii aimag’s Ulaan Khus, Tsengel, Sagsai, and Altai soums. In Mongolia’s far west, the national park contains extremely high peaks with perpetual snow and glaciers. The peak of Khuiten Uul on the Altai Tvan Bogd range, which rises to 4374 meters above sea level, is the highest point. The park extends for over 200 kilometers from Russia to China, following the Altai Mountain Range that separates China, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.
The park contains tens of thousands of petroglyphs that are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Numerous Turkic Stone Men and stone burial mounds can be found. The White River is one of many rivers that originate from the Tavan Bogd glaciers’ melting ice.
We’ll travel through the foothills of the mountains for 7 to 5 hours today, arriving in the early afternoon at the Tsagaan River Valley. This is a popular spot for nomadic people to set up camp in the summer, and it is also where Tuvan people practice their Shaman religion. We’ll meet our camel guide here to get ready for the hike the next day. We’ll begin our trek along the White River.
(Tented Camp B, L, D)