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Altai Princess-Plateau Ukok
Offered by Company : ID 3171
Country : Mongolia
Destinations : altai (Bayan Olgiy), ulan bator (Ulaanbaatar)
Duration : 15 day(s)
Minimum Price : $500 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $2000 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 2 - 15 People(s)
Season : June to September
Trip Categories : Archaeology Tour, UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Plateau Ukok is a remote and pristine grasslands area located in the heart of southwestern Siberia, the Altai Mountains region of Russia near the borders with China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The Pazyryk is the name of an ancient people who lived in the Altai Mountains on this plateau who are associated with some spectacular archeological findings, including mummies found frozen in the permafrost. Many ancient Bronze Age tomb mounds have been found in the area and have been associated with the Pazyryk culture which closely resembled that of the legendary Scythian people to the west. It is recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled Golden Mountains of Altai as an important environmental treasure. It provides a habitat for many of the world's endangered species including one of its least studied predatory animals: the snow leopard.
Detail Information
Day 1: Drive to Kosh Agach

Fly to Ulgii very early and meet our tema. And drive about two hours on a gravel road towards the Mongolian border post at Tsagaan Nuur. The border crossing takes anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours. Once cleared we drives on the Kosh-Agach Plateau.After 200 kms (4-5hrs), we reach village Djazator. Overnight in wooden houses. Meet horse rangers.

Day 2: To River Ildegem. (24kms)

We start our trekking from village Djazator.In 13kms, we pass mountains Djazator 2166м. Width of the river about 35 m, depth up to 0,8 m. Our road continues to rise on the left board of a valley river Ildegem. Further, our road goes on the right coast. In 500 m from ford we pass by large left inflow. It is a little above its confluence it is stopped on spending the night.

Day 3: To the river Akkol. (26kms)

From a place of spending the night up to pass Bugymuyaz is 12 km. In the evening,we reach the shore of lake Akkol, where we break camp.

Day 4: To the river Ak-Alakh (10kms)

The valley is rather narrow, and its bottom has an insignificant bias. The left slope flat and here and there is covered bushom-(karagainik). Lake is rich with a fish. Bottom part of a valley is formed with the river, having broken through a granite range. After 4,5km, we will start to see archeological monuments of plateau Ukok. Here are monuments of Hun’s time (between 1st and 5th centuries) - Аккол-1 and Аккол-4. Overnight in mouth of river. We need 1.5 days to explore these archeological monuments.

Day 5: Explore Archaeological Monuments along river Kaldjin

The mummy of the Altay princess has presented scientists set of surprises and riddles. After reconstruction of the person on a skull of scientists have received the person with the European features. On a belt of a mummy the cosmetic set where the bronze mirror entered, a brush from horsehair and a dark blue powder has been found out. Though this dark blue powder in the Europe became known only in XIX century, these women used it as dye already in V century.

There are waterfalls of rare beauty from 10-meter height. Go fishing for trouts. Through 4, 5 km from a mouth we pass by well-known a burial ground Top. Here the mummy of pazyryk soldier has been found.

Day 6: To pass Mukyr-Tabat

After lake Kaldjin-Kul, a trail slowly rises in the West a direction to pass through a watershed between two great sibirian rivers - Ob and Irtysh. Through 5 kms, we imperceptibly rise on pass Mukyr-Tabat \2590m\.On the front of us rises a wood where rare cedars come across,w here we stop for another night.

Day 7:

In parallel with Mukyr-Tabat in 8 km to the south - the Kazakh border. We leave Mukyr-Tabat, crossing by old bridge. We will see big open valley, where is Lake Kyzyltas.Lake possibly enough deeply water is absolutely transparent. Good fishing for grayiling. Overnigt on the store of lake.

Day 8: To lake Alahinskoe.

After 4kms trekking from Kyzyltas, we reach old mining near lake Alakhinskoe (2061м). It is 4 kms at length and up to 1km at width. Because of the big depth, the water has dark color. Especially be evident two tops in a southwest one of which comes to an end with a sharp spike. Overnight.

Day 9: Rest day

We explore old the soviet mining, which has kept since Stalin times. Also from camp in one hour walk, we can see the beautiful waterfalls. Around lake, you have a chance to see many rare flowers.

Day 10.To Lake Kokkul.

We trek 9kms from northwest side of lake Alahinskoe and reach on the pass Aerobskii .
After 2, 5 km, we approach to lake Kos Kol). Overnight. Trees are not present, but the bush quite suffices to dissolve a fire and to cook I food.

Day 11: To lake Koksu.

Our trekking continues to reach Lake Koksu (2062). The name is translated as “dark blue water ". On coast the fine bush grows. Overnight.

Days 12-13: To village Djazator.

These days, we trek down by beautiful forest valley of Koksu, which are full of lush valleys. Walking by this remote country, you can feel yourself wildness, where no families, no cars and no civilization. You will out of all world problems for these few days. Last day we come to village Djazator. Overnight in wooden houses. Hot shower.

Day 14: Drive to Ulgii.

Today after early breakfast, we drive towards Russian-Mongolian border. We will cross into Mongolia after the small village of Tashanta. It will certainly take at least an hour of formalities for both sides. The goods roads will totally disappear as we enter into Mongolia. From the border there is a spectacular 2-3 hour ride across the mountain steppes to Olgii. Ger camp overnight.

Day 15: Fly To UB

Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3hrs.
Price Includes:

English speaking guide, all meals. All overnights in hotels and gers (or with family), camping equipment and all land transport , all Border and National park permits.

Price Excludes:

UB-ULG-UB flights, drinks, laundry. Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 20 per night.

Date: If there is enough participants, this journey can be done any time during the period below

Notes :

Staff: A local guide who speaks English and 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 usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.

Discounts available for groups
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