Trekking to Khagiin Khar Nuur
(14 days)

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Detailed description


Khentii Mountains

After a 3-hour drive east of UB, we will arrive at Khentii National Park, where the landscape consists of lush, forested hillsides and spectacular granite cliffs. This beautiful valley is home to many nomads, who can be seen grazing yaks, cattle, goats, and horses. We’ll eat lunch at our horse breeding family at noon. We’ll meet up with our horseman soon after and, load our belongings onto the horses, and embark on a 13-day trek through the Khentii Mountains. We’ll spend a couple of hours hiking through green meadows towards the Terelj River valley. After that, we’ll have dinner and set up camp along the Terelj River’s bank.

(Tented Camp L, D)

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Trekking in Khentii National Park

The Khentii Mountains are a mountain range in northern Mongolia’s Töv and Khentii provinces. The chain crosses the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and includes Burkhan Khaldun, Mongolia’s holiest mountain and the birthplace of Genghis Khan.

The range serves as a watershed between the Arctic and Pacific Ocean basins (via Lake Baikal). The Onon, Kherlen, and Tuul rivers all originate in the range.

We’ll load our belongings onto our packhorses after breakfast. The strength of the tiny but tough Mongolian horses will astound you. Our hike into the valley will begin at the base of the mountain ranges. We’ll take a walk into the valley near the mountain ranges’ base. This adventure will take us across a tundra environment that is home to a variety of wild animals, including moose. The scenery around us is characteristic of Siberia. We’ll ascend the mountain through dense woodland home to deer, wolves, moose, and bears.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Trekking to Khagiin Khar Nuur

We cross the pass and descend to the breathtakingly beautiful Khagiin Khar Nuur today from the top of the mountain. We’ll set up camp on the lake’s yellow sand beach.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Rest day at Khagiin Khar Nuur

Today we’ll be camping by the lake, where you can swim or fish in the crystal clear water, take a walk through the woods, or go bird and wild animal watching.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Khongoryn River

We’ll camp near a river crossing today after following the Khongoryn River downstream for about five hours. The high mountains and deep valleys make for a fantastic hiking journey.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Dund Bayan Valley

Today, as we hike along the Tuul River, you’ll note how the scenery shifts as we pass through quiet pine forests. We’ll climb for about two hours up a steep path before we reach a high pass near the Altan Olgii top.

Fun fact: Altan Olgii (meaning Golden Cradle) is one of the highest peaks in the Khentii Mountain range, standing at 2646 meters.

We’ll camp by a stream on the other side of the mountain, where you can cool off after a long day of hiking.

We returned to Terelj through the Dund Bayan valley after completing half of our trek. Our final days of hiking will take us through wide valleys that will eventually give way to vast birch, oak, and cedar mountain forests.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park back to Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day of our adventure through big valleys, mountains, and green forests. Enjoy your final day’s trek and the breathtaking view of the valley stretching out to the Tuul River.

After lunch, we’ll go on a sightseeing tour of Terelj National Park. Turtle Rock, Aryaval Monastery, and a small meditation monastery at the foot of the mountain, will be our first stop. The Genghis Khan Monument will be our final stop. The latter is a massive aluminum statue of Genghis Khan mounted on his horse. It is possible to ascend to the top of the monument, where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. A small museum provides a thorough overview of the history of the Great Mongol Empire, including the succession lines of the great Khans and their invasions.

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

(B, L)

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