Climbing tour to Mt. Khuiten peak/4374m/, Altai Tavan Bogd mountain /12 days/
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’s highest peak, Khuiten/4,374m/, and four neighboring peaks along the massive Potanin glacier are collectively known-as TavanBogd, /The Five Saints/ The four other mountains are Nairamdal/4,082m/, Snow church /4,071m/, Ulgii/4,113m/, and Malchin /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.
- CATEGORY: CULTURAL AND ADVENTURE TOURS
- AVAILABLE: JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
- DURATION: 12 DAYS, 11 NIGHTS
- DESTINATION: WESTERN MONGOLIA
A Chinese, English or Russian speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.
This trip you have a two choice. First one is a highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. And second choice is Russian 4x4 Van. Also with 20 years’ experience drives.
In Mongolia, you will be dining at fine American, European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from our cook.
PERSONAL THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU
Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a rain jacket, gloves and hiking booth. Don’t forgot first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you). All your camera equipment.
TOUR PACKAGE PRICE
|Group size||1 pax||2-3 pax||4-6 pax||7-9 pax||10-12 pax||13-15 pax||More than 16 pax|
|No||Include service||Exclude service||Include service of Meals|
|1||Vehicle with a driver.||Items of personal nature||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|2||English speaking guide||Beverages, alcoholic drinks, bar bills, laundry||Per day 3 bottle water for per person /1,5 liter/|
|3||Accommodation/Ger camps and Hotel/||Travel and insurance||One time Mongolian traditional food /lamb with vegetables/|
|4||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner||International transportation|
|5||All cooking and camping gears.||Taxi|
|6||Airport shuttle||Optional activities|
|7||National park and border office permits (area you will go is close to China and Russia border)||Single supplement /For hotel or Ger camp/|
|8||Domestic flight tickets||Gratuity for the tour team|
Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia
Upon your arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport, our dedicated driver and guide will warmly welcome you. We'll start your exploration by driving to your selected hotel, ensuring a comfortable and convenient transfer.
The adventure kicks off with a visit to the vibrant local outdoor market, where you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, exploring the diverse array of goods and experiencing the local culture.
Next on the itinerary is a visit to the magnificent Gandan Monastery, a spiritual and cultural center adorned with traditional architecture and Buddhist significance. You'll have the opportunity to witness the serene ambiance and perhaps engage in a moment of contemplation.
Following the spiritual journey, we'll delve into Mongolia's rich history at the National Museum, providing insights into the country's past, traditions, and cultural heritage. It's a captivating experience to better understand the unique tapestry of Mongolia's story.
As the day winds down, you'll have leisure time in Ulaanbaatar city to explore at your own pace. Whether you choose to stroll through the city streets, indulge in local cuisine, or simply relax, the evening is yours to enjoy.
Rest assured, your overnight stay at the hotel will provide a comfortable and restful conclusion to your first day in Mongolia. Get ready for more adventures that await you in this enchanting land.
Day 2 - Ulgii city, Bayan-Ulgii province
Upon your arrival in Ulgii, your adventure begins. We'll start by exploring the local outdoor market, where the vibrant atmosphere and diverse array of goods offer a glimpse into daily life. Next, visit the Islamic mosque, a cultural and spiritual center in the community, and the local museum to delve into the region's rich history.
After your explorations, head back to the local hotel to prepare for the upcoming excursion. This marks the start of what promises to be an exciting and culturally enriching journey in the unique and beautiful region of Ulgii.
|1280km||Air Route||2 hours||Local Hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 3 - Altai Tavan Bogd mountain, Ranger station
Embark on a picturesque drive to the White River Valley, home to the Ranger station at the base of the Altai Tavan Bogd mountain. Here, the landscape is graced by the sacred Shiveet Mountain, surrounded by hundreds of ancient burial mounds and petroglyphs that weave tales of times gone by.
Upon reaching the valley, you'll have the opportunity to meet local Tuvan herders who will generously provide horses and camels for your upcoming trek. The mingling of cultural exchanges and the anticipation of the adventure ahead sets the stage for an unforgettable journey.
As the day unfolds, you'll make camp under the expansive sky, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Altai region. This overnight camping experience marks the beginning of your immersive trek in the White River Valley.
|200km||Off-road||5 hours||Camping||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 4 - Altai Tavan Bogd mountain, Base camp
Embark on an exhilarating hike through the rugged mountainous terrain, ascending toward the Tavanbogd base camp. As you traverse the rocky outcroppings, keep a keen eye out for local wildlife, which might include glimpses of marmots, hares, and a variety of birds such as golden eagles, vultures, and falcons.
The journey is made more seamless as all luggage and equipment are skillfully transported by camels under the care of Tuvan herders. The campsite awaits at an elevation of 2,900 meters, providing a tranquil and breathtaking setting for an overnight camping experience. As night falls, immerse yourself in the serenity of the Altai Mountains, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
|15km||Mountain road||4 hours||Camping||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 5 - Acclimatization Ascent of Mt. Malchin/4050m/
Embark on a challenging yet rewarding ascent to Malchin, the smallest of the five peaks, standing proudly at 4,050 meters. The journey begins with a scenic hike along the Potanin glacier for an hour, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes.
As you commence the climb up Malchin, the ridge line straddles the Russian border, offering awe-inspiring views of the Potanin glacier, snow-capped peaks, and glimpses into the vastness of Russia. Cast your gaze westward to witness the imposing massif of Mt. Belukha, soaring to 4,500 meters, marking the pinnacle of the Altai mountain range.
Amidst this natural grandeur, your overnight camping experience promises tranquility and a sense of accomplishment, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Altai Mountains. This night under the starlit sky is a testament to the heights you've reached and the majestic landscapes you've conquered.
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Day 6–9 - Climb Mt. Khuiten/4374m/
Over the next four days, including one reserved as a leeway day, you'll dedicate your efforts to the challenging ascent of Khuiten. An advanced base camp will be strategically established below the eastern face of Khuiten. The journey to the foot of Khuiten involves navigating through a landscape marked by crevasses, adding an element of adventure to the climb.
The actual ascent, while technically moderate, demands four hours of dedicated effort. As you ascend, the summit of Khuiten rewards your perseverance with breathtaking panoramic views into China, Russia, and the neighboring snow-capped ridges. This moment at the summit is a culmination of determination, skill, and the sheer beauty of the Altai Mountains.
As night falls, revel in the achievement of conquering Khuiten, surrounded by the vastness of the mountainous terrain. Your overnight camping experience is a testament to the resilience and spirit of exploration that define this extraordinary adventure.
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Day 10 - Altai Tavan Bogd mountain, Ranger station
Embark on a scenic descent, hiking back to your camp in the White River Valley. This gradual journey provides a unique opportunity to witness the transformation of the initial stream of glacial dust into the mighty White River, fed by the Potanin glacier.
As you navigate the path downward, take in the beauty of the changing landscapes, savoring the sense of accomplishment from the summit and the unique perspectives offered on the return journey. The night promises another serene camping experience in the White River Valley, where the tranquil surroundings echo the wonders of nature.
|15km||Mountain road||4 hours||Camping||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 11 - Ulgii city, Bayan-Ulgii province
Embark on a picturesque drive back to Ulgii, retracing the landscapes you've traversed during this remarkable journey. Along the way, pause to visit an Eagle hunter's family, delving into the traditional art of hunting with eagles. This form of falconry is deeply rooted in the cultural practices of the Kazakhs and Kyrgyz, not only in contemporary Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan but also among the diasporas in Bayan-Ulgii Provinces.
Experience firsthand the rich tradition and bond between the hunters and their majestic eagles. The stories and skills shared by the Eagle hunter's family provide a unique insight into the ancient art of falconry.
Upon reaching Ulgii, settle into a local hotel, reflecting on the diverse experiences and cultural encounters that have shaped this extraordinary journey through the Altai Mountains.
|200km||Off-road||4 hours||Local hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 12 - Ulaanbaatar city
Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Ulgii as you prepare to fly back to Ulaanbaatar. In the morning, our dedicated driver will ensure a timely drop-off at Ulgii city's airport, facilitating a seamless transition for your departure.
As you board your flight, carry with you the memories of the Altai Mountains and the cultural richness of your journey. The skies above Mongolia hold the echoes of your adventures, and Ulaanbaatar awaits to welcome you back. Safe travels, and thank you for being part of this extraordinary exploration!
|1280km||Air route||2 hours||Hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 13 - Home sweet home
As your time in Ulaanbaatar concludes, our dedicated driver will ensure a timely drop-off at Chinggis Khan International Airport. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for choosing to explore the wonders of Mongolia with us.
Thank you for being part of our journey, and we hope the memories created during your visit will linger as souvenirs of a truly enriching experience. Safe travels, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Mongolia in the future. Until then, farewell and bon voyage!