POTANIN GLACIER AND SACRED MOUNTAIN, 6 ds/5nts, from USD 550$ LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Potanin Glacier /about 20 km long/is ice river starts
from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow peaks. Walking along this river, you will have a
great opportunity to feel yourself fresh and untouched mountain country. Near
this river, we see the Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain. This is sacred mountain for
local Tuvan people. This single high mountain has over 400 ibex as there is no
hunting. On the southeast part of mountain you will see the biggest rock
Day 1. Arrive Olgii and drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. ParkArrive Olgii and meet local guide. After lunch, we load our luggage and drive via Ulaanhuis over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoot Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us. We will find numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stones along the Goloog River basin. Bayan-Olgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, we will pitch our camp. Shiveet Hairhan is sacred for these local people, why no hunting here. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
Days 2-4. Tavan Bogd MassivWe will load our equipment on to pack-camels – perhaps also pack-horses - and trek for the 16 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. We will pitch camp next to the 20 km long Potanin glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai - and remain there for two nights. Tavanbogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this latitude. The other peaks are named Nairamdal, Olgii, Burget and Naran. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. For a full day we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs. Back at Shiveet Hairhan Uul we will be able to view the biggest petroglyphs from the second period of the Huns (200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build and finish the Great Wall of China at this time. On the third day, trek back on the far side of the Tsaagan River and pitch camp. Here we may have a chance to view Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica). Overnights in tent. (BLD)
Day 5 Drive back to Olgii and visit Kazakh Eagle HunterAfter driving 5-6 hrs to Olgii city. On the way, visit Kazakh Eagle hunter’s summer spending place. Meet him and his magnificent bird and learn some hunting skills. Continue our driving and come to Olgii. Dinner with traditional Kazakh food. During dinner, you have a chance to enjoy Kazakh Short Concert. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
Day 6. Fly to UBAfter breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. (B)
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 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5° of Celsius during a nights/
|What to bring||
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications, (if needed),Money belt and small padlocks
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
|Trekkin difficulty level||
Easy: For most people, young and old in good health. No more than about 500 m (1640 ft) of elevation gain and no more than about 10 -12 km (6 - 8 mi) hiking each day. The trails are mostly in good condition. The backpack should be a light day pack with snacks, lunch and rain gear. Up to 5 hours on the trail each day
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.
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.
|Alternative connections to Olgyi||If interested in entering or exiting across the land border with Russia, we can pick you up or leave you at Gorno-Altaisk or Barnaul, in southern Siberia (Russia).|
|Price||550$ (land cost)+ 285$ (ULN-ULG-ULN flights) per person (min 2 members)
Group size: 2-24
Discounts available for groups.
Eng. guide, 3meals per day, overnights in tent
and gercamp in Olgii, sleeping matts and bag, 4x4 car, Kazakh eagle hunter,
Nat. Park and border permits. ULN-ULG-ULN flights.
Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 100$.
From May, 10- September, 30