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The Altai Mountains (/ɑːlˈtaɪ/), also spelled Altay Mountains, are a mountain range in Central and East Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan come together, and are where the rivers Irtysh and Ob have their headwaters. The massif merges with the Sayan Mountains in the northwest, and gradually becomes lower in the southeast, where it and merges into the high plateau of the Gobi Desert. It spans from about 45° to 52° N and from about 84° to 99° E. The region is inhabited by a sparse but ethnically diverse population, including Russians, Kazakhs, Altais, and Mongolians. The local economy is based on bovine, sheep, and horse husbandry, agriculture, forestry, and mining. The now-disputed Altaic language family takes its name from this mountain range.



Arrive Olgii and drive to Altai Tavan Bogd Nat. Park

Arrive 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)

Day 2-4

Tavan Bogd Massiv

We 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 Hunter

After 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 UB

After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. (B)

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Nomadic cultural, wild life explore

Duration/Level of difficulty

5 days

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