Tsambaragav Mountain Trekking
(10 days)

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Detailed description


Khovd and Sangiin Kherem

Today we will take the plane for Khovd aimag. Khovd is distinguished by its multi-cultural population. It is home to more than 17 nationalities and ethnicities. Each of these groups has its own distinct traditional dwelling and settlement pattern, dress and other cultural distinctions, literary, artistic and musical traditions. There is a rather large minority Kazakh-Mongol population that speaks both Kazakh and Mongolian. After 3 hours of flight we will reach the airport of Hovd where our guides and vehicles will be waiting for us. After a short visit of the town centre and Sangiin Kherem we will drive to Namarjin Valley.

Sangiin Kherem is the Mongolian name for the remains of the Manchu fort in the Northern part of Khovd city, Mongolia. The fort was built in the 18th century, and later became the seat of the Manchu amban and his office. The fort has a quadratic layout, the walls are made of clay. There were gates at the east and west and watch towers at the four corners. The fort’s walls were surrounded by water ditches, with wooden bridges to access the gates. The remaining walls are 3 metres high and 1.5 metres thick, oriented at the four corners of the earth, each side was 0.33 km. According to Russian geographer M. V. Pevtsov, who visited the city in 1878, the height of the walls back then was 4.5 metres [1]. The southern portion of the fort was occupied by the Manchu amban, treasury, offices, and military barracks. The eastern part was occupied by commercial firms, a Chinese Buddhist temple and a mosque. Since the year 1912 when city Khovd was liberated from the Manchu administration and the fort was taken by force, the citadel declined.

(Tented Camp L, D)


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Namarjin valley

We will meet our nomad family from whom we will get the pack animals for our trek. Later today we will load our gears and start our trek in the Namarjin Valley. In the Namarjin Valley we will cross many Kazak families. 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.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Tsambagarav Mountain

For a whole day we will trek into the direction of the Tsambagarav Mountain. On the way you will have excellent views of Tsambagarav Mountain (4200 meters), one of Mongolia’s most glorious snow-capped peaks. Tsambagarav Mountain, Mongolia’s 3rd highest peak is located in a national park of more than 110 thousand hectares. The permanently snow-capped Tsambagarav Uul straddles the border between Khovd and Bayan-Olgii aimags. Tsambagarav Mountain is accessible from either side.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Belchiriin Uul and Tsast Uul Mountain

Today we will climb up the Belchiriin Uul and Tsast Uul Mountains. The area has beautiful scenery, rich wildlife and archaeological sites. Below peaks there are plenty glaciers and glacial beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls flowing deep gorges. In summer time the grassland in this valley is covered with a carpet of alpine flowers. The park attracts visitors and offers plenty outside activities in its pristine condition: Hiking, horseback riding and camel riding are the best option to explore the area. Tavan Belchiriin Uul peak or Tsast Uul peak are relatively accessible and easier to climb than the Tavan Bogd Mountain.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Tsambagarav waterfall

Between the mountains is a 7m-high waterfall that flows down a narrow gorge. A couple of kilometres to the east of the waterfall is a glacier and small glacial lake. Serious mountaineers can hike up the glacier to the peak. The whole day we will explore the region of lush valleys, dozens of little lakes and permanently snow-capped peaks.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Bayangol valley

From the top we will trek downwards into the Bayangol Valley. Form the top of this valley we will have great views on the Khar Us Nuur Lake and you might be able to rent a horse for the hour-long ride to the Kazakh-populated Marra valley.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Marra valley

We will trek through the Marra Valley and meet some Kazak families on the way. We will be interacting with the family members (Kazakh people tend to have large families) and experiencing their daily life. Kazakh people are known with their warm hospitality so prepare to feel greatly welcome in their home

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Erdenburen village

Today will be our last trekking day. We will reach Erdeneburen village in the evening where our vehicles will be waiting for us.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

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Today we will drive back to Hovd town. Enjoy your free afternoon to explore further this little community.

(Hotel B, L, D)

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Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. 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.

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