Altai Mountains Drive

Altai Mountains Drive

Theme Wild life, Adventure+comfort, Nomadic cultural

From $2350

Group size2-12

Duration 21 days

Intro text

    • Trek to crystal clear lakes
    • Meet Kazakh ethnic group
    • Amazing nature & hospitality of Mongolians

Why choose this tour

    • Discover the biggest nomadic country in the world – rich diversity of nomadic culture in the regions
    • Trek to Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains
    • Meet Kazakh ethnic group and opportunity to watch Eagle hunting
    • To see rare/endangered animals like snow leopard, ibex etc
    • Amazing nature and unique people of the Western Mongolia

Services included

    • Shared accommodation at Ger camps
    • Private transfers
    • English speaking guide
    • All meals as listed
    • All entrance fee
    • Horse, camel ride
    • Mongolian barbecue
    • Letter of Invitation
    • Visit Eagle Hunter and his family
    • Domestic Flights

Services not included

    • Personal expenses
    • Optional activities
    • Camera fee for museum & monastery
    • Travel Insurance
    • Single supplement
    • Personal needs
    • Laundry and alcoholic drinks.
    • Single occupancy USD $180


Day 1Arrive 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 2Fly 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 3Day 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 4Drive 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 5-6Drive 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 7Altai 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 8Altai 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 9-10Potanin Glacier
Potanin Glacier
Day 9To Delger Valley
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 11Drive 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 12Drive 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 13-14Horse 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 15Drive 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 16-18Khar 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 19Drive back to Hovd
Drive back to Hovd. Pitch camp near river Buyant. (Tent/BLD).
Day 20Fly 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 21Depart UB
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. Leave Mongolia with full of Memories. (B)
Altai Mountains Drive

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    • Prices: As we’ll customize your journey based on your preferences and needs, please note that this indicative price is just a rough estimate. Prices may vary depending on season, type of accommodation and activities/experiences chosen (private vs. shared) etc.
    • This journey outline is by no means conclusive. It is just a guideline and can be tailored according to your comfort level, interests and preferences for every detail from accommodation to activities.
    • Health: Travellers to Mongolia should ensure that they are up-to-date with routine vaccination courses and it may be advised that further vaccines are sought. Please talk to a health professional 4 – 6 weeks before travelling. It is recommended that most travellers are vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Tetanus but it is also worth discussing Hep B, Typhoid, Meningitis, Tuberculosis, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Rabies.
    • Long bumpy rides: Be prepared for some epic long car rides in some old school furgons (Russian UAZ vans). As few of the vans have speakers or a method of playing music, you might like to bring along your own portable speakers and an MP3 player (but bear in mind others may like to enjoy the serenity!) It is not unheard of for people to feel a little travel sick, so if you are prone to this, remember to bring your tablets and feel free to ask your guide/driver to stop as frequently as you wish.
    • Guide:
      An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.
    • Occupancy: Single $180
      You can stay in a single, twin or double room/ger/tent (where applicable). Single occupancy may not be possible during the Naadam festival (July 5th -15th) at ger camps. At community-based camps and ger homestays, single occupancy is subject to availability. Single and twin/double occupancy at ger camps require an extra supplement.
    • The best time to make this trip
      May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.
    • Accommodation:
      We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 to 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Blue Wolf is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.​Meals:
      In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.
    • Transport:
      We use the highest level, most comfortable, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day’s drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.
    • ​Personal things to bring with you:
      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),pills for motion sickness, rain gear, flashlight, universal plugins for charger
    • Alternative connections to Olgyi: 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).
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