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ID: 1770
Altai, Hangai and Gobi Drive
Offered by Company : ID 3171
Country : Mongolia
Destinations : ulan bator (Ulaanbaatar)
Duration : 25 day(s)
Minimum Price : $3000 USD ( Per Day)
Maximum Price : $3280 USD ( Per Day)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 2 - 18 People(s)
Season : April to November
Trip Categories : Culture Tour, Jeep Safari
 
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The Mongolian Altai mountains of western Mongolia, archeological sites that vary from ancient petroglyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads, Terkhiin Tsagaan lake with Horgo volcano and famous KharaKhorum. The Gobi Desert is a vast zone of desert, Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs.
Detail Information
Day 1: To Olgiy

Transfer to UB airport and fly 3hrs to Olgiy (One hour time difference). Met by kazakh crew and transfer to Blue Wolf Restaurant. Visit the local museum of Ulgii town with comprehensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan Ulgii aimag as well as it colorful traditional costumes. Dinner with Kazakh Concert. Overnight in Kazakh felt Gers. (L, D)

Day 2: To Altai Tavan Bogd Nat.Park (180km)

Drive the western route along Tsaagan Gol (White River) after (5-6hrs drive if not stopping) we will arrive at Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park, where numerous Tuvan nomads live. Shiveet Hairhan is holy for them, so there is no hunting, and usually possible to see a lot of Siberian Ibex in the early morning. Pitch camp. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Altai Tavan Bogd

With the support of camels, we will trek for 16km to the base camp area at the edge of the 20km long Potanina glacier that runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia. We will pitch our camp right here. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five” referring to the peaks of Huiten (4374m and the highest), Naran, Ölgii, Burget and Nairamdal. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. Overnight in tent.(B,L,D)

Day 4: Altai Tavan Bogd

We will remain in the same camp and make a day hike up the non-technical heights of Malchin Uul, where we are likely to trek up through snow. There is also a smaller hill nearby allowing for excellent and stunning views of the mountains, mainly into Russian Altai, but in the distance also China. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Altai Tavan Bogd

Trek back on the other side of the Tsaagan River (White River) to Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where the Tuva people live. Here we will now be able to view the biggest petrolgyphs from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason for the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to build the Great Wall of China. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 6: To Big Lakes (150km)

Driving towards Big Lakes, we will stay on Snake Valley.There are many Turkic stones with face. Afternoon, drives nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. Along the lakes, we see the beautiful waterfall, rock printings and some ancient Turkic stones with face. On the right side we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 7: To Dayan Lake(100km)

A half day drives to Dayan Lake, near the frontier with China. Visit Kazakh Nomadic Families and feel their grade hospitalities. Overnight with family. (B, L, D)

Days 8-9: To Eaglehunter’s family(250km)

Drive back to Olgiy 3-4hrs. After lunch in Blue Wolf restaurant, continue our road to south. On the way you will go around Lake Doroo-one of most beautiful and crystal clear lakes of Mongolian Altai. Specially good for photos. After one hour drive, we come to Ongar’s family-Kazakh Eaglehunter. Overnight with Eagle hunter and his magnificent bird of pray.

Next day saty with Eagle hunter and learn some eagle hunting history and skills, Soft hiking. Overnight with family. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Meet Throat Singers (260km)

Today driving towards Hovd you cross the north-west side of Tsamba-Garav Uul (one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m). Have a lunch in Hovd town. After lunch, driving to will see the Khar Us Nuur National Park, where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Khar Us Nuur (Black Water Lake). We will try local hospitality at Jargalant Hairhan Mountain and hike into Rashantiin Am (Spring Valley), a sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including good for eye diseases Jargalant Hairhan (Sacred Happiness) is a snow-capped mountain, which is the back drop of Khar Us Lake. Rashantiin Am is an eerie valley with bolder and poplars. The great lakes basin has the largest reed beds in all of Central Asia, with many bird species as well as Saiga Antelope, the rare Wild Boar (in the reeds!), Snow Leopards, Gazelle, Wolves etc. We will move from the desert steppes to Altai Mountains. We will reach Chandman soum, where they claim throat singing originates and camp next to some nomads. The nomads live from livestock herding. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Days 11-13: To Huvsugul Lake (850km)

Driving from Altai Mountains to Hangai Area, you can see many different wild areas where mountains and steppe areas are combined. Meeting nomadic families. You can see how they are used to live on these remote wild places. Last day, come to Moron, where you can stay in Ger camp or hotel with hot shower. (B, L, D)

Days 14-15: Drive to UlaanUul village

After driving about 160kms /5-6hrs/ reach village UlaanUul. Visit local family-Shonhor’s family. Meet horse rangers and first introduction to the horses and riding training. Next day you will ride horses to meet reindeer people. Overnights in tent. (B, L, D)
Days 16-17: Reindeer and Tsaatan Life

One full day stay with Reindeer family to learn their life styles.Life is tough,but natural and authentic. Staying with these people, you will be out of civilization. Overnight with family. Next day ride back to meet our vehicle.Overnight with horseranger.Last day drive back to Moron. Overnights in gercamp. (B,L, D)

Day 18: To Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and Khorgo Volcano(235km)

Khorgo Volcano is a dead volcano covered with basalt lying in the east of the Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (National Park) in Arhangai aimag. Interesting bubbles of solidified lave named “Basalt ger'. Possible a visit to yak's herders. Arhangai aimag, the northeast slope of the Hangai chain, is called “the Switzerland of Mongolia” for its forests, rivers and wooded hills. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Days 19-20: Explore KHARAKHORUM (290km+180km)

Today we reach KharKhorum. Overnight in ger camp. Next day after breakfast, we explore KharaKhorum. Mongolian ancient capital, Kharakhorum, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire governed, until Khubilai Khaan moved it to Beijing. The symbolic ruins Kharakhorum (Harhorin), monumental walls (400 m of length) with 108 stupas, surround the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586. In 1792, it housed 62 temples and 10,000 lamas; since 1990, it has become an active monastery again. Turtles carved from the stone marked the boundaries of the complex. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence. Quite a surprise for the scientists was the discovery of a burial of a Mongolian woman which dates to approximately the 14-th century where also two Egyptian masks, a wooden comb and a bronze mirror in a silk case were found.

After noon drive to south. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 21: To Hongoryn Els (260km)

Full day driving by open steppe areas and we reach Khongorin Dunes, the biggest sand dunes in all Asia.

The 800-meter high sand dunes in Sevrei soum, South aimag, are called Khonguryn Els. These dunes are 20 km wide and 180 km long. The Khongurun River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases. Visit the dunes with camel riding. Visit a local camel breeding family and learn about their breeding programs. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 22: To Yolyn Am(160km)

Driving to east about 150kms(4hrs), we come to The Valley in the Zuun Saikhan mountain located 45 km from Dalanzadgad, in the centre of South Gobi aimag, is called Yolyn Am. The narrow Valley between high rock walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery, and no doubt is one of the beautiful places in the country. In rainy summers, Hundreds of small waterfalls appear in the rocky walls. Frekking camel and horse riding tours are available to the valley. Overnight in tent.(B,L,D)

Day 23: To Zagiin Us (250km)

Driving to east by open dry gobi area, reach Zagiin Us.Zagiin Us is Specially protected area since 1996 with Saxaul Forest . Saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron) is a woody shrub that plays an important ecological role that helps protect fragile Gobi soils from damage and erosion. It regulates the water supply and serves as a barrier to sand movement. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)

Day 24: To Baga Gazryn Chuluu (210km)

Drive to South about 200km and reach Middle Gobi and BAGAGAZRYN CHULUU. Visit the stones Valley walking and runes of the Sacred Monastery.The monastery is built on the small island in the middle of Lake Burd Nuur by local Mongolians in 16th century. Overnight in tent.(B,L,D)

Day 25: To UB (250km)

Full day drive to north and reach UB. Overnight in hotel.
Notes
Price Includes:

•English speaking guide, cook and all meals outside of Ulaanbaatar, car with driver, all camping equipments (tent, mats, and extra blanket).
•Overnights in Ger camp(4nts) and all Border and national Park permits.

Price Excludes
•Alcohol drinks
•Hotel in UB and local flight UB-Olgiy.

Group size: 2-18
Discounts available for groups
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