Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Provide more than 2pax
30% off for children under 2-6 years old
This trip covers the Western Part of Mongolia and is especially suitable to those want to face new challenges and different experiences! There are about 10 different ethnic nomadic groups live in the area including Kazakhs.
You will travel in the landscape of eternally snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountain as much as rivers, streams, lakes and the forest zone of Khovd, Uvs, and Bayan-Olgii aimags. A wonderful tour which will fulfill all your hopes and desires.
Day 1. Flight to Khovd western Mongolia and drive to Tsenkher cave
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Khovd, the capital of Khovd province. Our team will be waiting for you. Drive to Khoid tsenkher cave (Northern blue cave). The rock paintings of the cave dating back 20,000-15,000 years ago are rightfully considered as world class evidence of the Upper Paleolithic period. Numerous symbols and animals painted with rosy and brown colors deep inside the cave depict a quietly standing stag, a buffalo with horns, oxen, ibexes, elephants, ostriches, and two-humped camels either separately or overlapping each other. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.
Drive back to Khovd province via Khar Us Lake. There are we have good opportunity to see varieties of birds and beaver. You can rest, hearing sound of various waterfowls gathered in the lake. Visit local museum in Hovd town and Stay overnight in a hotel.
Drive to Bayan-Ulgii province via Lake Tolbo. Admire the attractive view of majestic mountains on the way. Break the trip near the sheer Tolbo Lake and free hiking there. Visit the Zahchin or Urianhai ethnic nomad family. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.
Today we will have full day drive to Altai Tavanbogd National Park (means The Holy Five) via Tsagaan Gol (White river) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range more than 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is “Shiveet Hairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.) Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.
We will ride horse (11km – you can hike also) to Altai Tavanbogd referring to the peaks of Huiten – 4374m and the highest. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. We will reach the 20km long Potanina glacier, which is ice river starts from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow Peaks. Stay overnight in a camping out.
Today’s destination is Uureg Lake, We will spend rest of day leisure at the lake, walking, bird watching, and swimming. Stay overnight in camping out from 15 km from the lake.
Drive back to Ulgii. On the way visit Kazakh Nomadic family and feel their grade hospitalities. Meet Kazakh Eagle hunter and see his magnificent bird. See how Kazakh women are making felt and other handy crafts. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.
Drive to Sand dune “Buurug del” via Ulaangom capital town of Uvs province. On the way we will see Uvs Lake, a gigantic inland sea in the middle of the desert. Then drive to Buurug del sand dunes which are direct continues of Gobi desert and the most northern edge of desert zone in the world. The dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness; this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Here you can climb up to the dunes. Stay overnight in a camping out.
Today is a relaxing day. We will visit a local nomad family. There we have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions and ride 2 humped Bactrian camel. Mongolia has more than twenty different ethnic groups speak their own dialect. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.
After breakfast drive back to Ulaangom for your departure flight to Ulaanbaatar. Take a small city tour including local museum and market. Overnight in local hotel.
- English speaking guide at all times.
- In the countryside, all lodging will be in ger camps and nomadic family’s Ger.
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
- Ground transportation: in the countryside by driven 4WD van, bus in the city area.
- Park entrance fees
- Horse and Camel ride
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- 1.5 liter of drinking water per day per person
- Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
- Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills, and laundry services
- Travel insurance, medical insurance
- Visa application fees
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers
- Airfare or train ticket
- Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
- Changes in arrival/departure flights
- Additional services
- Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc…)
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.
- waterproof bag cover
- day pack
- head lamp/flashlight
- spare batteries/bulb
- personal medications
- waterproof hiking boots
- waterproof jacket with hood
- waterproof over pants
- fleece jacket or wool jumper
- cotton t-shirts
- long sleeve shirts
- lightweight trousers
- sun hat
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number