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Long distance trekking in the wild,16 Days

Brief description

This is a-20-day tour tailored for those as a mix of hiking, climbing, horse riding and cultural taste in one basket. Mongolia's western frontiers with Russia and China are guarded by the snow capped peaks of the Altai Tavan Bogd mountain range, highest in the country. Its highest and most interesting peaks are Khuiten, Nairamdal, Malchin, Snowchurch and Ulgii. The longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier stretches for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. On the summit day, when on the top of Khuiten, you will be able to glance into Russia and China. The local Tuvan herders acting as your camel caravan handlers and as porters will make an unforgettable company and share their culture and traditions with you.

Detailed itinerary

Day - 1

1, July 10 , Arrive in UB

You will be met at the Chinggis Khan International airport by our representative in UB and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in hotel. (B)

Day - 2

2, July 11, Naadam Day 1

Today you will enjoy the opening ceremony of Naadam Festival at the central stadium of UB. Opening ceremony starts at around 10am-11 am. Then wrestling in the afternoon.  Overnight in hotel. (B)

Day - 3

3, July 12, Naadam Day 2

Today we will drive out of UB to enjoy horse racing.  Then traditional concert and music shows in the evening. Overnight in hotel. (B)

Day - 4

4, Jul 13, Fly to Ulgii

Spend the rest of the day in Ulgii. Visit local Museum, Bazaar, Mosque and souvenir shops and Friendship hill where you can see the city from the top. Visit local Kazakh Family.

Day - 5

5, Jul 14, Drive to Tavan Bogd South Gate

Today, leave Ulgii after breakfast and head to Tavan Bogd. Driving will take 6-8 hours by Russian Van. Upon arrival at the south gate overnight in tents where Tuvan people live. Tuvan language is a Turkic language and their religious practice is more like shaman.  Lunch break on the way. Overnight in camping tents.

Upon arrival at the base camp trekking for 13 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp 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 Khuiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. (B, L, D) 

Day - 6

6, Jul 15, Trekking- Tavan Bogd Base Camp

Today, leave Ulgii after breakfast and head to Tavan Bogd. Driving will take 6-8 hours by Russian Van. Upon arrival at the south gate overnight in tents where Tuvan people live. Tuvan language is a Turkic language and their religious practice is more like shaman.  Lunch break on the way. Overnight in camping tents.

Upon arrival at the base camp trekking for 13 km toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp 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 Khuiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks. (B, L, D) 

Day - 7

7, Jul,16, Climbing Malchin

Today we do a non-technical climbing to the top of Malchin peak. But, climbing to the top of Malchin is not promised as it depends on the weather conditions. If the weather is fine with clear sky, we proceed with the climbing. Overnight at the same spot at the base camp. (B, L, D)

Day - 8

7, Jul,16, Climbing Malchin

Today we do a non-technical climbing to the top of Malchin peak. But, climbing to the top of Malchin is not promised as it depends on the weather conditions. If the weather is fine with clear sky, we proceed with the climbing. Overnight at the same spot at the base camp. (B, L, D)

Day - 9

8, Jul,17, Black Valley

Packing the tents and start trekking towards Shiveet Khairkhan (Sacred) Mountain. Trek down to Shiveet Hairhan Mountain where you see the biggest petroglyphs/rock painting in that area and man stones from Turkic period and burial mounds, deer stones. Here we will now be able to view one of the biggest petrolgyphs (approx 3000BC-5000 BC). There are almost 1000 paintings counted by archeological studies around Tavan Bogd and Baga Oigor’s territory and they were registered by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1994. This is a sacred mountain of local Tuvans where Wild goats live on.  Lunch break on the way. Overnight in Black Valley where Tuvan people live before the Takilbai Pass. (B, L, D)

Day - 10

9, Jul,18, Trekking -Bear Valley

Today, we continue our trek into Bear Valley  and will cross the Altai at the highest elevation of some 3600m. We will be near the peak of Tsagaan Hairhan Uul (3662m) have broad views across the Altai and enter Bear Valley. (B, L, D)

Day - 11

10, Jul,19, Trekking-/Out of Bear Valley/

Packing the tents and start trekking for another 6 to 8 hours. We will be out of the Valley. (B, L, D)

Day - 12

11, Jul,20, Trekking-Khoton Lake-Zagastai

Trekking towards and along Khoton Lake. The lake is 22 km in length and 4 km in width. This is a fresh water lake and its deepest point is 58m. It is surrounded by trees on the Mountains on the right side where out trekking trail is. Visit one or two herder families along the lake. Overnight in tents by the Lake. (B,L,D)

Day - 13

12, Jul,21, Trekking-Waterfall-Sirgali bridge

Trekking along the lake and up to a mountain where you see beautiful waterfall. There are berries grow on this mountain and the other side of the mountain is Chinese territory. Arrive at Sirgali bridge for dinner and overnight in tents. (B,L,D)

Day - 14

13, Jul,22, Trekking-Khoton Lake

Full day trek through the dramatic steppe valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd massif, creating a series of beautiful lakes. The lake is 22 km in length and 4 km in width. This is a fresh water lake and its deepest point is 58m. It is surrounded by trees on the Mountains on the right side where out trekking trail is. Visit one or two herder families along the lake. Overnight in tents. (B,L,D)

Day - 15

14, Jul,23

Day - 16

15, Jul,24, Drive to Ulgii

Day - 17

16, Jul,25, Fly to UB

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Additional information

Price includes

Roundtrip domestic flights.

A local guide who speaks English, Kazakh and Mongolian and a cook will accompany you at all times. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. Mountain guide and porters. All of our stuff will be loaded on a camel or a horse depending on size.

Tents for everyone

Hiring a car (4WD+Russian Jeep for carrying the stuff /Drivers). 

All national park entries and permission fees 

What to bring

Warm hat and gloves,

Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,

Prescription medications,(if needed),

Money belt and small padlocks

Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)

Price excludes

Travel insurance

Stay in UB

Excess luggage fees on internal flights,

Meals not indicated above in the itinerary

Personal climbing equipment

Sleeping bags and pads

Drinks, gratuities

Important

      Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade    between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.

Transport

Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.

Staff

A local guide who speaks English and Kazakh, Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.

Meals

Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.

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