Mongolian Altai has many archaeological sights.The best petroglyphs in the area can be found near Shiveet Khairkhan Mountian (sacred mountain for local people.On the route between Ulaanhus and Tavan Bogd the drawings, more than 10,000 of them,are scattered over 15km area.The Bayan-Olgiy area has over 150 human stones, over 1500 statues, 56 deer stones, 6300 ancient graves, 10.000 tombes, 3000 sacrifice spirits, 1500 seals/stamps and over million petro-glyphs. Having a part on this trip, you also have a chance meet nomadic families and learn their unique cultures.
Day 1: Arrive Olgiy
After 3hrs flight, you come to Olgiy.Have a lunch in Blue Wolf Restaurant.Visit the most interesting local museum of Olgiy, with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan-Ölgiy as well as it colourful traditional costumes.Overnight in gercamp.
Day 2: To TsambaGarav Mountian
Drive to BW-Tsamba Camp by Russian 4wd jeep or 4wd minivan.This camp is located just on the north-west side of Tsamba-Garav Uul(one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m).On the way,we will see some rock printings and also ancient deer stone in Olon Nuur valley.
Day 3: To Togrog Lake
After driving by remote high mounians with snow caps, we will come Togrog Lake. This valley had the best view of Eclipse-2008(August,1st), also summer spending place of Kazakh Nomadic people. Good fly fishing in rivers and lake. In the evening,we visit the local Kazakh herder families and feel the grade hospitalities.Overnight in gers.
Day 4: Day Hike to Gants Mod Valley
Gants Mod valley is rich with rock printings and deer stones.We will have a picnic lunch, and hike back to Togrog Lake.Overnight in gers.
Day 5: To Dayan Lake
Driving by remote wild country,you meet many petro-glyphs and ancient Turkish stones with face.Today we spend night in gers, located between Dayan and Black lakes.These lakes have crystal clear water and many water birds.Good fishing and birdwacthing.
Day 6: To Hoton Lake
Today we drive to north about 4-5 hrs and reach eastern shore of lake Hoton.On the way,we stop for picnic lunch in Baga Turgen Valley.Thsi valley has beautifull waterfall and surrounded by larch forest.Near waterfall,you can see some rockprintings.Overnight in ger/tent.
Day 7: To Snake Valley
After breakfast,walk towards hill,which is just on the east from campside, and look for many graves and rockprintings.Then driving towards the Tavan Bogd National Park,on the way you have chance to see remote mountain country,when our jeeps will cross big pass.We will pitch camp just near ancient Turkic stones with face and graves.
Day 8: Sites of the Shiveet Hairhan
Today after driving about 90km,we reach our road end.This is home place of Tuvan people,who don’t have any religion.On the way we will stop near Mountian Shiveet Hairhan(Holy Mountian).Tuvan people respect this mountian like their god,so no hunting.There are about 400 ibexs.On the southeast side of this mountain,you will see the biggest rock printing(petro-glyphs) from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China.
Days 9-11: Horse Riding or Hiking to Tavan Bogd and back
With the support of camels, we will trek for 16km to the base camp area at the edge of the 20km long Potanina glacier, that runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia. We will pitch our camp right here. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five” referring to the peaks of Huiten (4374m and the highest), Tavan Bogd,Malchin, Burget and Nairamdal. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. Next day trek back on the other side of the Tsaagan River (White River) to Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where the Tuva people live.Packing camels will go with us for our bags.So you will have chance to take pictures of Snow Altai Mountian Peaks and Camels.One day hiking up to Malchin Peak(4025m),which is one of five highest peaks of Mongolia, will bring you on high point of view to see the highest peak of Altai region-Belukha(4506m), located on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. Overnights in tent.
Day 12: Khar Yamaat Sites
Driving about 100km,we reach the Khar Yamaat Valley.There are you will see the Turkic Archeological sites ,which are belonged to 6-8 centuries of B.C.After picnic lunch drive to Olgiy. Overnight in Blue Wolf gercamp.
Day 13: Fly Out
Transfer to the airport and fly 4hrs to Ulaanbaatar.
Some recommendations: Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September.Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night.So be prepared for all weather conditions.
What to bring: Binoculars,sunscreen,a hat,gloves,long underware for travel in the high mountains,comfortable footware,lip balm,sanitary hand wipes,sunglasses,prescription medications,(if needed),rain gear,flashlight.
Transport: Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels.The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.
Staff: A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times.A cook will follow, with an assistant.In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals.The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals.We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips.There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.
USD 1605 per person (min 2 members)
Group size: 2-18
Discounts available for groups.
Includes: English speaking guide, food(3 times per day), cook,packing horse or camels all overnights in gers and tents, camping equipment and all local transport /UB-ULG-UB flight /,all Border and National park permits.
Excludes: Drinks,laundry. Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 20 per night.
DATES : 2013