Trekking in Kharkhiraa Turgen Mountains
(12 days)

Shaazgay Nuur
Kharkhiraa Mountain Mongolia
Trekking to Khagiin Khar Nuur
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Flight to Ulaangom

Today we will take the plane for Ulaangom, capital city of Uvs province. After 3 hours of flight, we will reach the airport of Ulaangom where our guides and vehicles will be waiting for us. Uvs province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region of permanently snow-capped mountains, glaciers, torrential rivers, salt-water and freshwater lakes, sand dunes and a fantastic variety of animals and plants. The local people use camels as well as horses as working animals, and we will be accompanied by local guides on horseback with their camels which carry all the luggage and equipment.

Our 8-day trek to Mount Kharkhiraa and Mount Turgen covers a distance of approximately 120km and includes two high passes at altitudes of 2930 metres and 2944 metres. A moderate level of fitness is required, but the hike is not too strenuous even at the higher levels. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and we have to be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer. The foundation of the Ulaangom Monastery was erected in 1871 as Dechinravjaa Monastery. Historical evidence indicates that there were grain plantations in operation in late 17th century in the area of Ulaangom. After our short visit of the Aimag capital city we will head for our trekking starting point, the Blue Lake.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Kharkhiraa Turgen Mountains
West Mongolia

Blue Lake

After a good breakfast we will load our packs on the camels and horses. We will start trekking along the shores of the Blue Lake and cross several small passes. The Blue Lake is a beautiful small alpine lake with crystal clean water. The area offers amazing views.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Trekking to Khagiin Khar Nuur

Kharkhiraa River

We will leave the Blue Lake behind us and trek along the Kharkhiraa River, upstream into the direction of Kharkhiraa Mountain.

For the next 2 days we will trek through a rocky mountain valley, leaving the fertile open pastures behind us. On the way we will pass ancient burial mounds.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Kharkhiraa River

Kharkhiraa Plateau

Today we will cross a pass to reach the open Kharkhiraa plateau, a plateau surrounded by glaciers. We will see several smaller lakes in that area. Those glaciers are the sources of the Kharkhiraa River.

(Tented Camp B, L, D) 

Kharkhiraa Plateau

Turgen Mountain

We will pass the glaciers and trek to the Turgen Mountain. We will cross the Kharkhiraa Mountain Pass, lying at 3000m above sea level to reach the Yamaatiin valley. The pass is located between the Kharkhiraa and Turgen glaciers, both over 4000m high. As we pass between the glaciers we will have spectacular views of both valleys on either side of the pass, and of the stunning white glaciers.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Mountain Pass in Snow

Three Colours Lake

After more trekking we will reach the 110 lake area. One of those lake is named the Three Colors Lake. This wonderful valley has a flora and remarkable geological formations in complete contrast to earlier landscapes.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)


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Yamaatiin Valley

We will continue trekking down Yamaatiin Valley. We will reach the Damjig canyon where we will trek for some time in the canyon. 20 meter high 18 meter wide canyon.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)


Kharkhiraa Uul

Goojuur waterfall

Today we will trek more to reach Goojuur Waterfall. The Waterfall height is 17 meter.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Nomad Boy

Shaazgay Lake

Our last trekking day will bring us to Shaazgay Lake were we will meet our vehicles.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Shaazgay Nuur

Uureg Lake

Today we will head for Uureg Lake, which lies close to the Russian border and Siberia. It is a large, beautiful slightly salt-water lake surrounded by glorious mountains and some snow-capped 3000 meters plus peaks. The mouth of the valley leading into the lake is lined with nomad’s summer gers. The scene is breath-taking and so are the people. We will have the opportunity to visit some families.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Uureg Nuur

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. Opt to see the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing and admire the contortionists.

(B, L)

Bogd Khan Winter Palace

Option: Drive 3 days between Ulaanbaatar and Kharkhiraa

You could take the 3 days’ trip to drive one way between Ulaanbaatar and west Mongolia. You will discover a variety of landscapes on the way. It’s a great option for people who have more time in Mongolia.

Camel West Mongolia


July 2021



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