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ID: 1802
Altai Trek and Glacier Climb
Offered by Company : ID 3171
Country : Mongolia
Destinations : olgiy (Bayan Olgiy), ulan bator (Ulaanbaatar)
Duration : 11 day(s)
Minimum Price : $1000 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 : Mountain Climbing, Trekking Tour
 
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The Mongoian Altai Mountains of western Mongolian offer a beautiful landscape coupled with three unique cultures - Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Tuvans. The area is rich in wildlife and provides one of the last refuges for the Altai Argali, the world's largest sheep, as well as the endangered Snow Leopard.
Detail Information
Day 1: To Olgiy

Meet your local Kazakh guide upon arriving at Olgiy airport. After breakfast in Blue Wolf restaurant, drive 4-5hrs to west and reach Hoton Lake. Overnight in tent.

Days 2-3: To Hoton Lake

We will load our equipment onto pack-camels and/or pack-horses and start full day trek through the dramatic steppe valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd massif, creating a series of beautiful lakes. Our impressive camel caravan comes out to the steppe valleys of the lake area. We pitch camp on the shores of Hoton Lake. The area is below the snow-capped Ikh Turgen Uul. We are now only 10km from the China border. These are the summer pastures of numerous Kazakh herdsmen. Their yurts are a bonanza of handicraft. They are a very friendly and hospitable people. A fishing rod comes in handy here. The largest subspecies of Mongolian Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is easily fished here. The numerous Great Cormorants in the vicinity are a good indicator that there are plentiful fish in the lakes.

Second day, Trek up a valley with patches of Larch forests and have a picnic lunch near the so-called Green Lake, After few hours trekking come to Bear Valley, where we will pitch camp.

Days 4-5: Altai Mountains crossing

We have allocated two full days for the crossing of the Altai Mountain range, the total distance being 32km. We will pitch camp before the snowy area. Certainly big game such as Snow Leopards and its prey species live here, but they are extremely difficult to see. Perhaps you may see Altai Snowcock, the highest altitude living bird of Mongolia.
We will cross the Altai at the highest elevation of some 3600m and have broad views across the Altai. We will be near the peak of Tsagaan Hairhan Uul (3662m).

Day 6: Tavanbogd massif

Trek for 11 kms toward the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. Pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai. Remain there for two nights. Tavanbogd means “The Holy Five”, referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. Quite a considerable height at this altitude. It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow-capped peaks.

Day 7 Peak Malchin

Climb Malchin peak 4025m.You don’t need any climbing gears. Just walking up 5hrs only by edge of Malchin, you reach the top. Come back to Base camp same day.

Day 8-9 Peak Huitin

First day go up to ABC, possible climb to Tavan Bogd and spend night there. Second day early morning to start climbing to Huitin 4374m.
Come back to Base Camp.

Day 10 To Olgiy

Walk down few hours and reach the road end. Drive via Ulaanhuis over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoog Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us. We will find numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stones along the Sogoog River basin. Bayan-Olgiy is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Age and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions.After 5-6hrs arrive back to Ulgii twon and Blue Wolf Ger Camp.

Day 11 Olgiy and out

After breakfast, transfer to Ulgii airport and take a flight to leave for Ulaanbaatar.
Notes
Price Includes: English speaking guide and all meals outside of UB . All overnights in hotels and tents, camping equipments, flights (UB-Olgyi-UB) and transfers, packing camel or horses, all Border and National park permits.

Price Excludes: Alcohol drinks, lunch and dinner in UB, laundry and horse ride. Visa fee. Single tent/ger supplement is USD 20 per night.

Notes:

Staff: A local guide who speaks English, Kazakh 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.

Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
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