Altai Mountain Trekking

Altai Mountain Trekking

$5000 / Per Person

  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Tour category

    Active & Adventure tours
  • Tour code

    SN-S0030
TOUR OVERVIEW

“Tavan Bogd” literally meaning “The Five Holy” is a group of snow-capped mountains, highest in Mongolia and which belong to a greater mountain range known as the Altai. Geographically, it is the remotest part of Mongolia with true pristine nature, abundant wildlife, and interesting cultural heritage. Views here are dominated by vast glaciers, fast mountain rivers, and lush alpine pastures where large flocks of yaks, goats, and sheep graze. The culture of herding nomads here is authentic and rich. The area is also known as a treasure trove of human history with many ancient burials and rock art to explore. This trekking tour covers all the above and will certainly become your “unforgettable”.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ROUTE:
Mt. Altai tavan Bogd
Mt. Altai tavan Bogd
Camping be Mt. Shiveet
Camping be Mt. Shiveet
To Mt. Tavan Bogd
To Mt. Tavan Bogd
Deer Stone Monument
Deer Stone Monument

WHEN TO GO:

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TOUR SUMMARY:

Days Main activities Accommodation Meals
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar city tour Hotel Dinner
Day 2 Flight to Altai region and drive to Baga Oigor petroglyph galler Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Travel to Tavan Bogd national park Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Trek to Tavan Bogd base camp Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Climb Malchin peak (4051m) or to the Russia-Mongolia borderline Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Trek out to lower gate of Tavan Bogd NP Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Trek to Holy Shiveet Mountain, spot wild goats or see rock carvings Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Travel to explore Kazakh culture Tented camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Drive to Ulgii town Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Return flight to Ulaanbaatar, or next trip Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Departure

TOUR PRICE:

$5000 Per Person

Single supplement: $0

Please inquiry special price for group at [email protected]

PACKAGE INCLUDED
Private English speaking guide, Tourist Ger camp, Entrance fees, Transportation,
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
Single room supplement, Travel & medical insurance, Personal equipment, Alcoholic drinks and beverages,
  • See the highest peaks of Mongolia
  • Experience genuine wilderness
  • Track and spot wild mountain goats
  • Immerse yourself in authentic nomadic culture
  • Learn about Golden eagles used for hunting
  • Explore ancient rock art and burial places
  • Enjoy comfortable camping
  • Visit museums and attractions of Ulaanbaatar

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar city tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia, and transfer to a centrally located 4-star hotel. Afternoon guided city tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city: the Gandan Temple - the city's main Buddhist center, the central city square with a grand statue of Genghis Khan, and the Zaisan Memorial, an elevated hill on the city's edge providing a panoramic view of UB. Then choose to visit one or two museums from the following: National Museum introducing Mongolia's history from early humans to the modern era, Dinosaur Museum with a unique collection of dinosaur fossils, Choijin Lama or State Oracle Residence-museum displaying the best samples of Buddhist artwork and religious masks. The Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare statues of Buddhist deities and items of personal use of this last theocratic ruler of Mongolia is also worth considering. An evening folk show of music, throat singing, and contortion will be followed by a welcome dinner. 

  • Dinner,
  • Hotel

Day 2. Flight to Altai region and drive to Baga Oigor petroglyph galler

Transfer to Ulaanbaatar airport for a flight to Ulgii town. Upon arrival meet with your support team and drive to Tavan Bogd NP. We travel across the mountainous desert for 5 hours to arrive at Baga Oigor valley, the site of an extensive petroglyph gallery included in the UNESCO "World Cultural Heritage List. Stone and Bronze age rock carvings here are scattered across an area 15km long and 50m. Images depict wild and domestic animals and scenes of human life such as hunting, handling domestic animals, worship, etc. Here we set up our tented camp and spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the rock art gallery. We then return to our camp for dinner and overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 3. Travel to Tavan Bogd national park

We travel along enormous V-shaped mountain valleys with small rivers streaming from glaciers that cover the mountaintops. Mountain slopes covered in lush grass alternate with steep mountainsides completely covered in scree. Large mushroom-like yurts of Kazakh herders and their massive flocks of yaks and goats often come across our way as well as a multitude of marmots. Shortly after lunch, we arrive at Tavan Bogd NP gate, a few yurts - home of local rangers at the foothill of even bigger mountains. This is the starting point of the trek. Until dinner, you may walk and explore the surrounding foothills. This evening local herders will arrive with their packed camels that will carry our camp, luggage, and food for the next few days.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 4. Trek to Tavan Bogd base camp

After a hearty breakfast, we trek to Tavan Bogd base camp (BC), the launchpad for climbing the highest peaks of Tavan Bogd. Watch Bactrian camels being loaded and set up for the BC. Most of the route is a gradual ascent on high mountain terrain with occasional bogs and a few shallow streams to cross and just two steep but short sections. Halfway through the route magnificent views of snowcapped peaks and vast glaciers will come into your sight. Around lunchtime, the camel caravan overtakes trekkers who normally reach BC in the late afternoon. Our campsite at just over 3000meters allows impressive views of Mongolia’s highest peaks and largest glaciers. Tented overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 5. Climb Malchin peak (4051m) or to the Russia-Mongolia borderline

Our today’s goal is to climb one of the lower and easier peaks of the area. Although non-technical, a return trip requires 7-9 hours depending on trekkers’ fitness and weather conditions. We hike along the Potanin glacier moraine for an hour before stepping on the mountain. Although entirely on-screen the trail is well established and marked requiring just trekking poles. Once at the top enjoy spectacular bird-eye views of glaciers, snowcapped peaks, and the Russian territory. There is also a less demanding option of climbing to a lower ridge that marks the borderline between the two countries. Off the mountainside leisurely, stroll to the camp.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 6. Trek out to lower gate of Tavan Bogd NP

Going to the lower gate of the NP is an easy downhill stroll although some marshy sections and streams need to be negotiated. At two-thirds of the way, we reach the edge of a deep V-shaped valley at the bottom of which rumbles a torrential river full of glacial silt. This is Tsagaan Gol River. Its lush valley is the summer pastureland of Tuvan camel herders accompanying us. A steep descent to the riverside and arrive at our campsite beside the rumbling river. Enjoy a well-earned rest and socialize with other travelers who might be camping at the designated campground.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 7. Trek to Holy Shiveet Mountain, spot wild goats or see rock carvings

Easy morning hike to visit a Tuvan family most likely that of one of the camel herders that had accompanied us during the previous days of trekking. Tuvans are also known as Uriankhai is an ethnic group of Turkic origin that has historically been moving around southern Siberia. Traditionally these herding nomads practiced shamanism - worship of ancestral and natural spirits but today their belief is a strong blend with Tibetan Buddhism. We use the invitation to learn about their way of life and to taste food and drinks offered by the unwritten local rules. After the visit, we hike to Mt.Shiveet and climb to its wide top with the goal of spotting wild mountain goats (Capra Ibex). Watching them has guaranteed but requires a bit of tracking and hiding. A less demanding hike around the base of the Holy Mountain will allow you to see more ancient rock art displaying fascinating scenes of hunting by distant residents of the Altai region. We return to our camp beside the mountain.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 8. Travel to explore Kazakh culture

We depart from the Tsagaan Gol valley drive to the summer pasturelands of Kazakh herders. Among millions of Kazakhs living in different parts of the world, Mongolian Kazakhs are bearers of authentic Kazakh culture and traditions, which are different from that of Mongolians in many ways. We randomly “knock on the door” and visit local herding families to find out about these very differences, their stories, and customs. We might be lucky to see their daily chores: tending animals, preparing food, etc. Eventually, we find a suitable place to camp and enjoy the last camping out in the wild.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Tented camp

Day 9. Drive to Ulgii town

Getting back to Ulgii takes about 3 hours. However, along the way, we stop at a Kazakh family that practices an ancient craft of hunting with Golden Eagles. Mongolia’s Kazakh minority had preserved the once nearly forgotten tradition and today it is actively revived with even women trying their luck in training eagles. Actual hunting is done in winter but still, you may learn about the craft and feel the weight of the massive birds by holding them on your arm. We aim to return to Ulgii by lunchtime and settle in a cozy hotel. Time permitting you can walk the streets of the town that has a distinctly Central Asian character, visit the town market and museum. A traditional Kazakh dinner accompanied by music and songs will be a fitting final to your travels.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 10. Return flight to Ulaanbaatar, or next trip

After breakfast transfer to Ulgii airport for the flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. Nevertheless, you may consider doing more city visits or souvenir shopping, as your guide will still be available on standby. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Hotel

Day 11. Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or next trip. 

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