Altai Mountains Drive, 21 days, from 2350 USD LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP

Altai
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 petro-glyphs 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.



Take a fascinating adventure to Western Mongolia-an untouched heaven of big lakes, high mountains, gorgeous landscapes and the largest diversity of both wild life and ethnicities in Mongolia. The Altai mountain range, with snow-capped peaks of over 3000 meters, waterfalls, ancient burial sites, mountaintop lakes and its nomadic based communities is a great place to explore Mongolia.



Day 1




Arrive in UB




Arrive UB airport and meet by our Blue Wolf team. Takes approx 45min to transfer to hotel. After a short rest to freshen-up we will do a sight -seeing tour of Ulaanbaatar, focusing on such significant cultural sites as Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the Zanzabar Fine Arts Museum, which holds the finest collection of thangka paintings, carvings and sculptures in Mongolia. The Chojin Lama temple will be visited, the location of which clearly illustrates the great contrast between the old and the new in Mongolia. Lunch will be enjoyed in a nearby Mongolian restaurant with traditional cuisine. In the afternoon, the Winter Palace of the last Bogd Khan will be visited which houses some very interesting cultural and religious artifacts. To get a panoramic overview of the city, we may visit the Great Buddha statue and memorial at Zaisan. Overnight at a 3*/4*/5* hotel.

Day 2


Fly to Ulaangom








Fly to Ulaangom airport and meet local guide. Drive to south about 50 km and reach the Lake Blue. Pitch a camp. (Tent/BLD).






Day 3







Day Hike around Blue Lake









Today we hike around blue lake, one of Mongolia's most beautiful sites is a great place for strolling around, enjoying the magnificent sites of crystal blue lake surrounded by amazing flowers and snowed peaks. You will see one of the most beautiful lakes. (Tent/BLD).




Day 4











Drive to Lake Achit










Drive a full day towards to west, see the Achit Nuur. On the way, we will drive through the 'Red Mountain Pass' to 'Uureg' Lake, where you will have a picnic lunch. The lake is home to many kinds of waterfowl which can be viewed from the shore line. Achit Nuur is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Mongolia. There are stunning sunsets and sunrises and good fishing for grayling, lenok, Altai osman and others. You can enjoy seeing spectacular and beautiful landscapes. (Tent/BLD).




Day 5-6






Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd


First day we drive about 150 km and pitch a camp just near Lake Sogoog. Next day, after driving about 140 km, we reach our road end. This is home place of Tuvan people, who don't have any religion. (Tent/BLD).




Day 7




Altai Tavan bogd





With 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, Ulgii, Burget and Nairamdal. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. (Tent/BLD).




Day 8




Altai Snow Capped Peaks





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. (Tent/BLD).






Day 9-10










Potanin Glacier








Today we trek back along the the 20 km long Potanin glacier, that runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia. We have a chance to visit some local nomadic families. Next day we cross Tsaagan River (White River) and trek 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. (Tent/BLD).







Day 11







Drive to Lake Tolbo






Drive out on the steppe valley towards the Lake Tolbo. It has crystal clear fresh water and good fishing. (Tent/BLD).




Day 12








Drive to Tavan Belchir





After driving 4-5 hrs, we will pitch camp just on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul(one of the highest snow capped mountains in Mongolia 4208 m). The place called “Tavan Belchir"/Five Pastures/. (Tent/BLD).







Day 13-14





Horse trek to Glaciers and Rocky Mountians






We will ride horses and see the beautiful snow capped peaks,rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.We visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitality. From north west side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. On the east of TsambaGarav Uul we trek by the narrow beautiful canyon,where is good for fishing. Meet the Kazakh eagle hunter with his Golden Eagle. (Tent/BLD).




Day 15











Drive to Hovd Town








Drive to South and reach Hovd town. Pitch camp near river Buyant. The Hovd town was a trade center, located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. In 1763 the Manchu administration built the fortress Sagijn Cherem(Castle). An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3 m high and 2 m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. (Tent/BLD).





Day 16-18











Khar Us Nuur National Park









We have 2 days explorations for this national park, where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Kahr Us Nuur/Black Water Lake/. We will try local hospitality at Jargalant Harhan Mountain and hike into Rashantiin Am/Spring Valley/, sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including for good for eye diseases. 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. (Tent/BLD).






Day 19







Drive back to Hovd



Drive back to Hovd. Pitch camp near river Buyant. (Tent/BLD).





Day 20







Fly Out


Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs. (B). 

You will have a full day to explore the sprawling city of retro architecture, thrilling nightlife, wild traffic and exciting commerce. There’s plenty to see, do and eat – your guide will recommend some of the best places to dine at








Day 21





Depart UB




After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Leave Mongolia with full of Memories. (B)

Why choose this tour

Theme

Wild life, Adventure+comfort, Nomadic cultural

Duration/Level of difficulty

21 days

Group size

2-12

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