In this dramatic journey we will explore beautiful Western Mongolian Altai mountains & steppes, glaciers, golden eagle & hunters and visit to Mongolian, Kazakh and Tuvan nomads so you can learn nomadic way of life. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkic invasion.
Day 1, Arrive to Ulgii city and transfer to Hotel. After lunch we will do city tour and visit white market and mosque.
Day 2, After early breakfast we drive to Taban Bogd National park. Along the way, we will find numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stones and picnic lunch. Bayan-Ulgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Age and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. Reach to Ger camp. Overnight in tents or yurt.
Days 3-4, Tavan Bogd massif (17 km up and 17 km down)
These days we hike and during the hiking we can see the glaciers and Tavan Bogd massif. Tavan Bogd means “The Holy Five", referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. There we see 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Overnight in tent. Next day(4th day)- To the top of the Malchin peak- Today we will make a day hike to the Malchin peak(4050m). Malchin peak is the one of five peaks of the Tavan Bogd mountain on the Mongolia-Russian border. Non-technical climbing mountain. Breathtaking view from the top of the mountain.
Day 5, Hike back from the Base camp and reach to Renger station. Walking back will take 3 hours so we will stay on ranger station with Tuban nomads.
Day 6,Today we drive to Hoton lake. We will pitch our camp near to Nomadic family. We are now only 10km from the China border. Overnight in Kazakh yurt or tent.
Day 7, Day with nomads
Today you relax and swim, fish and explore amazing mountainous area. These days you can see and learn regular day life of nomads and their tradition. Fishing and hiking around. Also, we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia and some beautiful waterfalls. Overnight in Kazakh yurt or tent.
Days 8-9 Drive back towards Ulgii and arrive to Kazakh Eaglehunter’s family. See the magnificent eagles and learn about eagle-hunting. Eagle-hunters typically use female birds because they are bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than their male counterparts. Hunters typically keep their birds for 10 years before releasing them back into the wild. We will spend two days with Eagle hunter’s family. Overnight in Kazakh yurt.
Day 10, Drive to South River camp
We will spend one full day resting at a“South River” camp. Here in “South River” camp we have a shower, free WiFi, and small traditional Kazakh souvenir shop. Also around camp you may have opportunity to see some wild animals such as: Argal sheep, Ibex, fox, rabbit.
Day 11, Drive back to Ulgii city and transfer to Hotel after lunch free time: you can do shopping and visit other siteseeing of Ulgii.
Day 12 Fly back to UB. End of the trip