ALTAI, HANGAI and GOBI DRIVE, 25 days, ...2600...4400... USD, Mongolia LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
The Mongolian Altai mountains of western Mongolian offer a beautiful landscape coupled with three unique cultures - Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Tuvans. The area is rich in wildlife and provides one of the last refuges for the Altai Argali, the world's largest sheep, as well as the endangered Snow Leopard. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archaeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads. To travel in western Mongolia and visit this area's nomadic people between the snow covered peaks of the Altai Mountains means to experience something that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world. On a trip though this region, one discovers new horizons, will feel the beauty of unexplored wilderness and experience the freedom of nomadic life.
Overnight in hotel.
To Altai Tavan Bogd Nat.Park (180 km)
Altai Tavan BogdWith the support of camels, we will trek for 16 km to the base camp area at the edge of the 20 km long Potanin 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 (4374 m and the highest), Naran, Ölgii, Burget and Nairamdal. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. Next day, we will remain in the same camp and make a day hike up the non-technical heights of Malchin Uul, where we are likely to trek up through snow. There is also a smaller hill nearby allowing for excellent and stunning views of the mountains, mainly into Russian Altai, but in the distance also China. Overnights in tent. (B,L,D)
Altai Tavan BogdTrek back on the other side of the Tsaagan River (White River) to Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where the Tuva people live. Here we will now be able to view the biggest petrolgyphs 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. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)
To Big Lakes (150 km)Driving towards Big Lakes, we will stay on Snake Valley. There are many Turkic stones with face.
Afternoon, drive nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. Along the lakes, we see the beautiful waterfall, rock printings and some ancient Turkic stones with face. On the right side we see the snow capped mountains with forest,which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)
To Dayan Lake (100 km)A half day drive to Dayan Lake, near the frontier with China. Visit Kazakh Nomadic Families and feel their grade hospitality. Overnight with family. (B,L,D)
To Eagle hunter's family (250 km)Drive back to Olgiy 3-4 hrs. After lunch in Blue Wolf restaurant, continue our road to south. On the way you will go around Lake Doroo-one of most beautiful and crystal clear lakes of Mongolian Altai. Specially good for photos. After one hour drive, we come to Onei's family-Kazakh Eagle hunter. Overnight with Eagle hunter and his magnificent bird of pray.
Next day saty with Eagle hunter and learn some eagle hunting history and skills. Soft hiking. Overnights with family. (B,L,D)
Meet Throat Singers(260km)Today driving towards Hovd you cross the north-west side of Tsamba-Garav Uul (one of the highest snow capped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). Have a lunch in Hovd town. After lunch,driving to will see the Khar Us Nuur National Park, where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Khar Us Nuur (Black Water Lake). We will try local hospitality at Jargalant Hairhan Mountain and hike into Rashantiin Am (Spring Valley), a sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including good for eye diseases Jargalant Hairhan (Sacred Happiness) is a snow-capped mountain, which is the back drop of Khar Us Lake. Rashantiin Am is an eerie valley with bolder and poplars. The great lakes basin has the largest reed beds in all of Central Asia, with many bird species as well as Saiga Antelope, the rare Wild Boar (in the reeds!), Snow Leopards, Gazelle, Wolves etc.We will move from the desert steppes to Altai Mountians. We will reach Chandman soum , where they claim throat singing originates. and camp next to some nomads. The nomads live from livestock herding. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)
Northern and central parts of Mongolia is called as Hangai. Hangai has highlights as like Huvsugul lake and reindeer people (Tsaatan in Mongolian) and Terkhiin Tsagaan lake Nat.park with Khorgo Volcano. Hangai Mountains have been established as a national park in recent times. The most well known area is the famous Orhon Valley, which is in the Mongol heartland, just west of the ancient capital of Karakorum (Harhorin). Orhon Valley has a small water fall – Ulaan Tsutsgalan – and nearby is also the remote Tövhön monastery, high up on its sides, founded by Zanabazar as a retreat. In the buffer zone of the Hangai Mountains to the north is Horgo National Park, with the Terhiin Tsagaan Lake and Horgo extinct volcano in Arhangai province.
To Huvsugul Lake (850 km)Driving from Altai Mountians to Hangai Area, you can see many different wild areas, where mountains and steppe areas are combined. Meeting nomadic families , you can see how they are used to live on these remote wild places. Last day, come to Moron, where you can stay in gercamp or hotel with hot shower. (B,L,D)
Drive to UlaanUul viilageAfter driving about 160 km /5-6hrs/ reach village UlaanUul. Visit local family-Shonhor's family. Meet horserangers and first introduction to the horses and riding training. Next day you will ride horses to meet reindeer people. Overnights in tent. (B,L,D)
Reindeer and Tsaatan LifeOne full day stay with Reindeer family to learn their life styles.Life is tough,but natural and authentic. Staying with these people, you will be out of civilization. Overnight with family. Next day ride back to meet our vehicle. Overnight with horse ranger. Last day drive back to Moron. Overnights in gercamp. (B,L,D)
To Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and Khorgo Volcano (235 km)Khorgo Volcano is a dead volcano covered with basalt lying in the east of the Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (National Park) in Arhangai aimag. Interesting bubbles of solidified lave named “Basalt ger. Possible a visit to yak's herders. Arhangai aimag, the northeast slope of the Hangai chain, is called “the Switzerland of Mongolia" for its forests, rivers and wooded hills. Overnight at gercamp. (B,L,D)
Explore KHARAKHORUM (290 km+180 km)Today we reach KharKhorum. Overnight in gercamp. Next day after breakfast, we explore KharaKhorum.
Mongolian ancient capital, Kharakhorum, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire governed, until Khubilai Khaan moved it to Beijing. The symbolic ruins of Kharakhorum (Harhorin), monumental walls (400 m of length) with 108 stupas, surround the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586. In 1792, it housed 62 temples and 10,000 lamas; since 1990, it has become an active monastery again. Turtles carved from the stone marked the boundaries of the complex. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence. Quite a surprise for the scientists was the discovery of a burial of a Mongolian woman which dates to approximately the 14th century where also two Egyptian masks, a wooden comb and a bronze mirror in a silk case were found.
After noon drive to south. Overnights at gercamp. (B,L,D)
The Gobi Desert is a vast zone of desert and desert steppe covering almost 30 percent of the Mongolian territory. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. In reality, most part of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora.Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi, where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. Climate is extreme with 40 degrees Celsius in summer and severe winter.
To Hongoryn Els (260 km)Full day driving by open steppe areas and we reach Khongorin Dunes, the biggest sand dunes in all Asia.
The 800-meter high sand dunes in Sevrei soum, South aimag, are called Khonguryn Els. These dunes are 20 km wide and 180 km long. The Khongurun River flows along the stand dunes and gives birth to oases.Visit the dunes with camel riding. Visit a local camel breeding family and learn about their breeding programs. Overnight in gercamp. (B,L,D)
To Yolyn Am (160 km)Driving to east about 150 km (4 hrs), we come to The Valley in the Zuun Saikhan mountain located 45 km from Dalanzadgad, in the center of South Gobi aimag, is called Yolyn Am. The narrow Valley between high rock walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery, and no doubt is one of the beautiful places in the country. In rainy summers hundreds of small waterfalls appear in the rocky walls. Frekking camel and horse riding tours are available to the valley. Overnight at gercamp. (B,L,D)
To Baga Gazryn Chuluu (210 km)Drive to north-west about 200 km and reach Middle Gobi and BAGAGAZRYN CHULUU. Visit the stones Valley walking and runes of the Sacred Monastery. The monastery is built on the small island in the middle of Lake Burd Nuur by local Mongolians in 16th century. After picnic lunch, drive to north and reach UB. Transfer to 4* hotel. (B,L,D)
Fly outAfter early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and take a flight back home. (B)
|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 underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.|
|Transport||Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels,horses and yaks .The services of some herdsmen will be hired in some places, and they will provide us with their animals.|
|Staff||A local guide who speaks English, Kazakh and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow with an assistant.|
|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.|
|Price||4400$ per person, if your group size is 2 people
2600$, if your group size is 4 people
|Group size||2-18 (Discounts available for groups)|
|Includes||English speaking guide, 3 meals per day outside of Ulaanbaatar, 4x4 car with driver, all camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mats, extra blanket). ULN-ULG flight, Overnights at gercamps (8nts), at 4* hotel (2nts), in tent / with family (14). And all border and national park permits.|
|Excludes||Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 490 USD.|
|Date||from April untill late October, 2017|
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