TURGEN and KHARKHIRAA HORSE RIDE, 11 days, from 2410 $, Western Mongolia LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP
Highlights of Kharkhiraa and Turgen mountains of Mongolian Altai are snow-capped mountains, glaciers, ancient archaeological sites, unique nomadic customs of local nomads as Dorvod, Hoton, Kazakh, Tuvan ethnic groups. This mountain range with eternal snow, glaciers, traces and signs of ancient ice covers, has well preserved due to constantly cold climate and cold winds. The area is inhabited with some endangered animals (such as Argali sheep, Ibex, Snow leopard and Altai snow-cock) and plants (such as Dwarf Siberian Pine and White Gentiana).
Twing Peaks – Kharkhiraa and Turgen are located in Uvs aimag- northwestern province, bordered to the north by Russia, the east by Zavkhan province, the south by Hovd province and the west by Bayan-Ulgii province. Uvs, which means grass in Mongolian, is land of desert mountains and big lakes (including Uvs lake – the biggest lake in Mongolia).
Arrive UB and Explore Chinggis Khan ComplexArrive in UB airport and meet by our crew. Drive 2-3hrs (85km) to west through Ulaanbaatar and reach “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex”.
Fly to Olgii (1725m)Arrive Olgii airport, meet by our team and transfer to Blue Wolf restaurant. After lunch, tour briefing and visit the local museum of Olgii town with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan- Olgii aimag as well as it colorful traditional costumes. Dinner with Kazakh Concert. Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)
Drive to Tenuugiin Am (2800m)After early breakfast, we start our driving towards Twin Peak (Kharkhiraa-Turgen). On the way, stop for picnic lunch and some photo shooting near lake Achit.
Horse Ride by Zuun Salaa belchir, Uliastai and Gyalalzah passesPack our luggage on packing camels and start our trekking. Walking by this valley, we need to cross several small mountain rivers. Second day, we will continue our horse riding up to Uliastai mountain pass,where you can have a nice view fo beautifull snow capped peaks, green valleys and lake, surrounded by colorfull red mountians. Walk down and picnic lunch on the shore of Khukh lake (Blue lake).This afternoon, we will trek along the lake and green valley. In the evening stop near Hujirt-small community centre. Third day, horse riding by green open valley and over Gyalsakh pass. On the way, we will cross river –Delgermurun. In the evening, come near Turgen river. Overnights in tent. (BLD).
Horse ride towards snow-capped peaks and five lakes (20 km, 2400-3200m)Firs day, excursion to one of the highest snow capped peaks of Turgen range,where you can see ever frozen snow and ice. Ride back to same camp-side. Visit nomadic families and taste nomadic milk products. On second day, day hike towards 5 lakes, located at the altitude 3200 m. Here you will enjoy snow capped high mountains, mountain lakes with blue-ice water, ice and snow, which are neighboring green grazes and colorful wildflowers. Overnights in tent. (BLD)
To Olon Nuuryn belcher (7-8hrs, 28kms, 2900m)Long horse riding day. Cross Kharkhiraa river and ride towards Olon Nuuryn Belchir, where are numerous small lakes, feeding from raining and underground sources.Some year,depending on rains, numbers of the lakes reach up-to 80. An half of the route will go through sloping landscape since flat area is muddy and wet dominated. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
Drive to OlgiiFull day drive(5-6hrs) to Ulgii town. Overnight in Blue Wolf gercamp. (BLD)
Fly to UBAfter breakfast, transfer to Olgii airport to catch a flight for Ulaanbaatar. Meet by our guide and transfer to 4* hotel. (B)
Depart UBAfter early breakfast, transfer to UB airport. (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
Day-pack 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
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
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||We will select some good riding horses, saddle up, and ride. Our gear will be loaded upon camels/horses, used by the locals. 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.|
|Prices||From USD 2410 per person (min 2 members) Group size: 2-12 Discounts available for groups.|
|Includes||English speaking guide, 4x4 trasnfers, ULN-ULG-ULN flights, 3 meals per day, overnights in 4* hotel (2nts), tents (7nts) and gercamp (2nts) , camping equipment (sleeping tent with mattress and bag), horse rangers, riding horses and pack camels.|
|Excludes||Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 240 USD.|
|Dates||from June, 15 by September, 30|