Altai Trek- 2020
Theme Best seller , Join in , Cultural nomadic , Nature exploring,Moderate
Duration 17 days/Moderate
- The heart of the Altai mountains
- Enjoy sky full of stars
- Meet Kazakh ethnic group
- Unique hospitality
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
- Aisholpan’s birth place
- Domestic flights ULN-ULG-ULN flights (Free luggage allowance is 15kg).
- 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
Services not included
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
- Camera fee for museum & monastery
- Travel Insurance www.WorldNomads.com
- Single supplement
- Personal needs
- Laundry and alcoholic drinks.
- Single occupancy USD $240.
|Day 1|| Arrive UB and Explore|
Arrive at 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 Budda Big Statue on the Hill Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time) Overnight in 3*/4*/5* hotel.
|Day 2||Fly to Olgii |
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and fly to Olgii. Meet your local Kazakh guide arriving at Olgii airport. Have a lunch in Blue Wolf Restaurant. Visit the most interesting local museum of Olgii, with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan-Olgii as well as it colourful traditional costumes. Dinner with Kazakh Short Concert from local singers and musicians. Overnight in ger camp. (LD).
|Day 3||To Dayan lake (2400m, 4-5hrs) |
Drive to Dayan Lake, near the frontier with China. We drive through the Hargant Valley, below Tsengel Hairhan Uul (3043m)- snow-capped mountains. Here live Tuvans. They are Buddhists, but of a Turkic speaking ethnic group. Their gers (yurts) are more like Mongol gers as opposed to the larger Kazakh ones. There are also some shaman practitioners among them. After picnic lunch,continue our driving and reach Dayan lake. Overnight in tent. (BLD). Visit Kazakh Nomadic Families and feel their grade hospitalities. Good fishing and stunning sunsets. Dayan lake is also home of many birds as duck,geese,swans and many others. Meet horses and camels. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
|Day 4||To Baga Turgen Uul (2150m-2400m, 6-7hrs)|
We will load our equipment onto pack-camels and/or pack-horses and start hiking nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. Along the lakes, we see the beautifull waterfall, rock printings and some ancient Trukic stones with face. On the right side we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
|Day 5-7||To Hoton lake (2300m-2400m, 6-8hrs)|
Full day trek through the dramatic steppe valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd massif, creating a series of beautiful lakes. Our impressive camel caravan comes out to the steppe valleys of the lake area. We pitch camp on the shores of Hoton Lake. The area is below the snow-capped Ikh Turgen Uul. We are now only 10km from the China border. These are the summer pastures of numerous Kazakh herdsmen. Their yurts are a bonanza of handicraft. They are a very friendly and hospitable people. A fishing rod comes in handy here. The largest subspecies of Mongolian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is easily fished here. The numerous Great Cormorants in the vicinity are a good indicator that there are plentiful fish in the lakes. Third day, 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 pitch camp. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
|Day 8||Bear Valley (2400m)|
Day hike towards 5 lakes, located at the altitude 3200m. Here you will enjoy snow capped high mountians, mountain lakes with blue-ice water, ice and snow, which are neighboring green grazes and colorfull wildflowers. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
|Day 9-10||Altai Mountians crossing (2400m-3300m, 6-7hrs)|
We have allocated two full days for the crossing of the Altai Mountain range, the total distance being 32 kms. We will pitch camp before the snowy area. Certainly big game such as Snow Leopards and its prey species live here, but they are extremely difficult to see. Perhaps you may see Altai Snow cock, the highest altitude living bird of Mongolia. We will cross the Altai at the highest elevation of some 3600m and have broad views across the Altais. We will be near the peak of Tsagaan Hairhan Uul (3662m). Overnights in tent. (BLD)
|Day 11||To Shiveet Khairhan-sacred mountian (2800-2500m, 5-6hrs)|
Trek down 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. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
|Day 12-14||Tavanbogd Massif (2500m-4025m)|
First day, trek for 11 kms toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. 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 altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. Second day, for a full day we will make day hike to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs.Third day, trek back to Tsaagan River (White River). The pick-up vehicle(s) will arrive this camp side tonight. Overnights in tent. (BLD)
|Day 15||To Olgii (5-6hrs)|
Drive via Ulaanhus over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoog Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us. On the way, we stop next to Kazakh Eagle hunter’s family and feel the grade hospitality. Staying with this family few hours, you will learn and enjoy this unique customs of the Mongolian Kazakhs. In the evening, arrive back to Olgii city and Blue Wolf Ger Camp. (BLD)
|Day 16||Departure to UB|
After breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport to catch a flight for Ulaanbaatar. Meet our guide in UB airport and transfer to 3* hotel. (B)
|Day 17||Depart UB|
After early breakfast, Leave only foot prints & take only lifetime of memories home from your Mongolian adventure.
- 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.
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 $210
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.
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.
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).