The Mongolian Altai Mountains, straddling the Russian and Chinese borders, are the tallest of the three major mountain ranges of Mongolia. Riddled with eternally snow-capped peaks and glaciers, they provide some of the most beautiful sights in Mongolia.
The Altai’shighestpeak, Khuiten(4,734m), andfourneighboringpeaksalongthemassivePotaninglacierarecollectivelyknownasTavanBogd, “TheFiveSaints.” ThefourothermountainsareNairamdal(4,082m), Snowchurch(4,071m), Ulgii(4,113m), andMalchin (4050m).
The Altais are home to a variety of wildlife including argali sheep, ibex, elk, brown beers, marmots, foxes, and wolves as well as the endangered snow leopard and lynx. Birds in the area include Saker falcons, Altai snow cocks, and the famed golden eagles used by Kazakh eagle-hunters. The Altais also boast numerous archaeological sights, including petroglyphs, deer stones, Turkic stone men, and ancient burial sites.