Western Mongolia: Tour of Nature & Culture of Altai, 11 Days

NATURE and CULTURE of MONGOLIAN ALTAI

(Hoomii singing, Glacier Mountains, hike and meet Altai nomads)

The Mongolian Altai Mountains of western Mongolian offer a beautiful landscape coupled with three unique cultures - Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Tuvans. The area is rich in wildlife and provides one of the last refuges for the Altai Argali, the world's largest sheep, as well as the endangered Snow Leopard. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads. To travel in western Mongolia and visit this area's nomadic people between the snows covered peaks of the Altai Mountains means to experience something that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world. On a trip though this region, one discovers new horizons, will feel the beauty of unexplored wilderness and experience the freedom of nomadic life.

 

Day 1: Arrive in UB

Arrive 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

Buda Big Statue on the Hill

Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time)

Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional). 

Overnight at 4*Kempinskii hotel. 

Day 2: Fly to Hovd

Arrive Hovd airport and meet by our team (guide, driver and cook). Transfer to local hotel. Have a dinner. Here we try to meet “Hoomii-singers”.

The Hovd town was a trade center,located on the northen 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 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province. Overnight at local hotel. (LD) 

Day 3: Drive to Glaciers and meet Urianhai people

After breakfast, we will drive few hour and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks, rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.

We can visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. They live mostly on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul(one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). The place called “Tavan Belchir”/Five Pastures/.

From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. After lunch, drive 2-3hrs and reach Olgii town. Overnight at ger camp. (BLD).

Day 4: Dayan Lake – Lake Hoton/Hurgan

A half day drive to Lake Dayan. Picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll drive to the nearby western side of HurganNuur and HotonNuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend their summer. We’ll see beautiful waterfall, rock paintings and some ancient Turkic stones along the lake. On the right side of the lake we’ll see the snowcapped mountains with forest which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

Day 5: Day hike towards Green Lake

This morning we drive few hours up to north and reach a road end. 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 have a picnic lunch. In the evening come back to road end. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

Day 6: Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

A full day’s drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park via TsagaanGo (White River) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range at over 3000-4000 meters high. Overnight in tent. (BLD)

Day 7-8: Trekking to/from Tavanbogd Massif

Today we’ll start our trek for 11 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp for 3 nights next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai.  Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul at 4374m above sea level is the highest in Mongolia, a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. Overnights in tent. (BLD).

Day 9: Drive to Olgii

After breakfast, drive to Olgii 95kms. Overnight at ger camp. Welcome dinner with short Kazakh concert in restaurant. (BLD)

Day 10: Fly to UB

Early breakfast and transfer to Olgii airport. After 3hrs flight, arrive UB and meet by our guide and transfer to 4* Kempinskii hotel. (B)

Day 11: Depart UB

After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and depart UB. (B)  

My price is: from 1425USD per person, if your group size is 2 people.

Includes: English speaking guide, 4x4 car, ULN-HVD and ULG-ULN flights, 3 meals per day, camping gears (tent, matts, extra blanket), Hoomii singer visit, overnights in wooden house/gercamp, land transport, visit Kazakh Nomadic families, rangers with packing camels/ horses, all border and national park permits.

Excludes: Personal needs, laundry an alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is USD 190 per night. 

Date: from mid-may to mid-october

Number of days: 11
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Not included: Personal needs, laundry an alcohol drinks
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 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
Transport: Minivan
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.