Altai Mountains—located at the borders of Russia, China, and Mongolia. One of the last untouched wilderness areas of Asia, and it the highest mountain in Mongolia, including holy peaks, Khuiten, Malchin, Burged, Olgey and Nairamdal.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bayan-Ulgii Province, Mongolia|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothing, warm boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Fly to Ulaan-Baatar, Capital of Mongolia.
- Arrive in Ulaan-Baatar at the Chingis Khaan International Airport.
- You will meet our guide and driver.
- Transfer to the hotel.
- Sightseeing with Mongolian’s largest Buddhist Monastery, listen to horns calling lamas to temple, rituals and observe the monks, after lunch visit Natural History museum.
Fly to Bayan Ulgii Province, Western Mongolia.
Flight to Ul gii, Which is the most remote town of western Mongolia. Visit local bazaar and museum. The museum is well stocked and some artifacts evoke communism since it was built before transition time Have lunch in a local restaurant and dinner, stay in a ger camp nearby the town.
To Altai TavanBogd National Park
Drive about 180 km via Ulaanhus soum over desert mountain landscapes.Drive to towards Tsagaan Go Valley. When we reach the end of road, at Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park. The mountain is sacre for the local people, and they don’t hunt there as a result it is inhabit for over 400 mountain ibexes. Meet local Tuvan people who prepare horses and camels to support our trek. Stay in tent nearby Tuvan family.
With the support of camels we will trek for 16 km towards to the base camp and camp next to the 20 km long Potanina glacier, which runs down from the highest mountain in Mongolia. Remain there for two nights. , 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.. The other peaks are named Nairamdal, Ulgii, Burged and Malchin. It is a stanning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks and gorgeous view of all of them during the sun set and sun rise.
Climb Malchin Uul
For a full day we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. You don’t need any climbing gears. Just walking up 5 hrs only following by edge of Mulchin, you reach the top. Come back to the base camp same day.
Back to Tsagaan Gol Valley
Trek back to the head of Tsagaan Gol Valley where Tuban people spend their summer. Tuubans are shamans, and there are some tribe people who really practice shaman and they help sick people and do various shaman ceremonies. In the evening visit tuban family and get introduced to their culture, taste dairy products as well as milk vodka, which is distilld from the yogurt made from yak milk. They also do wonderful felt crafts. Camp nearby the family.
Sirgali area Via Snake Valley
Drive via Snake Valley across beautiful mountain passes and through the biggest ancient burial sights. Explore numerous Turkic stones, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the times of the Huns and Turkic invasions. Sirgali is beautiful spot where two pristine twin lakes Hoton and Hurgan meet. Eternal snow caps with larch forest below and crystal clean mountain lakes make this area one of the most beautiful parts of the trip. It is also good place for fishing and good for bird watching. Stay in tent.
Baga Turgen Waterfall
- Hike to beautiful Baga Turgen Valley where there are three Waterfalls and go back just a few steps from Chinese border. Remain there two days.
- Drive to Ulgii through Tsagaan Gol river valley and Tsengel soum , stop by some deer stones and balbals (Turkic stone man) and burial sights.. Stay in a hotel in Ulgii.
Altai Golden Eagle Festival
There a approx. 400 eaglehunters in Bayan-Ulgii aimag. Eagle hunters from around regions gather to test their finely trained birds in singular contents of speed and agility in these few days, but there will be about 60-70 eaglehunters participating. During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditiniol games like”bushKushi”(try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback),”kiss woman on horseback” and others. In the evening we enjoy to have the Kazakh Concert with some traditional songs and music. Stay in a hotel in Ulgii.