Adventures in the Altai Mountains

Route:

Ulgii city, Khoton and Khurgan Lake, Tsagaan Gol Valley, Potanin Glacier and Malchin Peak 

Duration:

12 nights / 13 days

Price From:

US$ 2118 

Region:

Western Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Ulgii city, Khoton and Khurgan Lake, Tsagaan Gol Valley, Potanin Glacier and Malchin Peak

  • Day 1/ Jul 19 (Thu) Ulaanbaatar

  • Day 2/ Jul 20 (Fri) Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park (L/D).

  • Day 3/ Jul 21 (Sat) Ulgii town (L/D).

  • Day 4/ Jul 22 (Sun) Khoton and Khurgan Lakes (B/L/D).

  • Day 5/ Jul 23 (Mon) Khoton and Khurgan trekking day (B/L/D). 

  • Day 6/ Jul 24 (Tue) Tsagaan Gol Valley (B/L/D).

  • Day 7/ Jul 25 (Wed) Tsagaan Gol Valley (B/L/D).

  • Day 8/ Jul 26 (Thu) Potanin Glacier (B/L/D).

  • Day 9/ Jul 27 (Fri) Climbing to Malchin Peak (B/L/D).

  • Day 10/ Jul 28 (Sat) Tsagaan Gol Valley (B/L/D).

  • Day 11/ Jul 29 (Sun) Ulgii town (B/L/D).

  • Day 12/ Jul 30 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar (B).

  • Day 13/ Jul 31 (Tue) Departure (B).

Day 1/ Jul 19 (Thu) Arrival / Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver, and transferred to your hotel. Optional half- or all-day city tours are available. 

Day 2/ Jul 20 (Fri) Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park

After breakfast, drive to Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, 54 km from Ulaanbaatar. Explore the statue, which is a 40-metre tall statue of Chinggis Khan on horseback. Statue symbolically pointed east towards to his birthplace. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck of the horse, where they can have a panoramic view. Then drive to Terelj National Park. Spend the day touring the area and enjoying the magnificent alpine scenery. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and horse riding. You can visit a nomad family, explore their unique lifestyle, and experience horse riding. Return to the hotel (L/D).

Day 3/ Jul 21 (Sat) Ulgii town/ Khovd River

On this day you will take a domestic flight to Ulgii town and upon arrival will drive to the Khovd River for camping on the bank. Overnight stay in a Tent (L/D).

Day 4/ Jul 22 (Sun) Khoton and Khurgan Lakes

Drive to Khoton and Khurgan Lakes. On the way there will be a visit to Kazakh families to experience their nomadic lifestyle and then set up a camp early. Meet our local guides and prepare for the trekking. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 5/ Jul 23 (Mon) Khoton and Khurgan trekking day

The trek will begin on this day. Trekking will be over a terrain of gentle hills and small flat valleys that lie along the Khoton Lake. The area is dotted with white gers of Kazakhs who live in the area. Also you will spot a few ancient circular tombs where the perimeter circle is marked with stones with rocks piled in the center. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D). 

Day 6/ Jul 24 (Tue) Tsagaan Gol Valley

On this day drive to Tsagaan Gol Valley with lunch on the way. Arrive at Tsagaan Gol Valley in the evening. Camp next to a Tuvan family and visit the family to meet them and experience their lifestyle. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 7/ Jul 25 (Wed) Tsagaan Gol Valley

The hike on this day is around 18 km through Shiveet Khairkhan mountain which is famous for its petroglyphs. Camping on the banks of Tsagaan Gol. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 8/ Jul 26 (Thu) Potanin Glacier

On this day the hike will be 18 km. The group will reach Potanin Glacier and camp there. The glacier stretches for 17km. View of the five highest peaks of Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains can be enjoyed from here. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 9/ Jul 27 (Fri) Climbing to Malchin Peak

On this day the group will climb Malchin Peak which is one of the five highest peaks of Altai Tavan Bogd. The peak is 4,049 meters above sea level. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 10/ Jul 28 (Sat) Tsagaan Gol Valley

This is the last day of trekking and we will make our way back to Tsagaan Gol Valley to meet our local drivers. We will have a farewell dinner with our local camel and horse guides and say goodbyes. Overnight stay in a Tent (B/L/D).

Day 11/ Jul 29 (Sun) Ulgii town

The group will drive back to Ulgii town. Check-in to a local hotel upon arrival in town. If the group arrives early, we will visit local bazaar and walk around the town. Dinner in a Muslim restaurant. Overnight stay in a local hotel (B/L/D).

Day 12/ Jul 30 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast the group will drive to airport for a domestic flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, check-in to a hotel (B).

Day 13/ Jul 31 (Tue) Departure

Transfer to the railway station or airport for international departure (B).

Tour dates

  • GROUP 1: 19th July - 31st July / 2018

Tour includes:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English-speaking guide at all times
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in tents
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person 

Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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 items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.

Important notice

Since the trip will be in the mountainous, high-altitude region of Mongolia, and the weather can be very unpredictable and you might even experience snow, we suggest you to bring the following:

  • Warm coat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear / long johns
  • Woolen jumper
  • Woolen socks
  • Sleeping bag (rated for -10°C to -15°C)

Please bring the above in addition to your usual gear and items for such a trip.

Only Russian jeeps/minivans are available in this region.

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.

  • backpack or soft bag
  • 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
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number