NATURE AND CULTURE OF MONGOLIAN ALTAI, 9 days, from 1675 USD, Mongolia LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP

NATURE AND CULTURE OF MONGOLIAN ALTAI, 9 days, from 1675 USD, Mongolia


(Hoomii singing, Glacier Mountains, hike and meet Altai nomads)

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 archeological 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 snows 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.


  • 1

    Arrive UB

    Arrive UB airport and meet by our team. Transfer to your hotel. Today we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See, Zanabazar Museum Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant The winter Palace Buda Big Statue on the Hill Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time) Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional).
    Overnight at 4* Kempinskii hotel.
  • 2

    Fly to Hovd

    Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team (guide, driver and cook). Transfer to local hotel. Have a dinner. Here we try to meet “Hoomii-singers”. The Hovd town was a trade center,located on the northen 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 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. Overnight at local hotel. (LD)
  • 3

    Drive to Glaciers and meet Urianhai people

    After breakfast, we will drive few hour and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters. We can visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. They live mostly on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul(one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). The place called “Tavan Belchir”/Five Pastures/. From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. After lunch, drive 2-3hrs and reach Olgii town. Overnight at BlueWolf ger camp. (BLD).
  • 4

    Dayan Lake – Lake Hoton/Hurgan

    A half day drive to Lake Dayan. Picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll drive to the nearby western side of HurganNuur and HotonNuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend their summer. We’ll see beautiful waterfall, rock paintings and some ancient Turkic stones along the lake. On the right side of the lake we’ll see the snowcapped mountains with forest which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
  • 5

    Day hike towards Green Lake

    This morning we drive few hours up to north and reach a road end. Trek up a valley with patches of Larch forests and have a picnic lunch near the so-called Green Lake. After few hours trekking come to Bear Valley, where we will have a picnic lunch. In the evening come back to road end. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
  • 6

    Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

    A full day’s drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park via TsagaanGo (White River) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range at over 3000-4000 meters high. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
  • 7-8

    Trekking to/from Tavanbogd Massif

    Today we’ll start our trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp for 3 nights next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul at 4374m above sea level is the highest in Mongolia, a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. Overnights in tent.(BLD).
  • 9

    Drive to Olgii

    After breakfast, drive to Olgii 95kms. Overnight at Blue Wolf ger camp. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in Blue Wolf restaurant. (BLD)
  • 10

    Fly to UB

    Early breakfast and transfer to Olgii airport. After 3hrs flight, arrive UB and meet by our guide and transfer to 4* Kempinskii hotel. (B)
  • 11

    Depart UB

    After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and depart UB. (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,

Warm hat and gloves,

Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,

Prescription medications,(if needed),

Money belt and small padlocks

Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)

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.
Price USD 1675 per person (min 2 members)
Group size 2-15 (Discounts available for groups.)
Includes English speaking guide, 4x4 car, ULN-HVD and ULG-ULN flights, 3 meals per day, camping gears (tent, matts, extra blanket), Hoomii singer visit, overnights in wooden house/gercamp, land transport, visit Kazakh Nomadic families, rangers with packing camels/ horses, all border and national park permits.
Excludes Personal needs, laundry an alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is USD 190 per night.
Dates from 15th of May untill 15th of October

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