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ID: 1804
Altai Mountains Drive
Offered by Company : ID 3171
Country : Mongolia
Destinations : altai (Bayan Olgiy)
Duration : 17 day(s)
Minimum Price : $500 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $1000 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 2 - 20 People(s)
Season : June to September
Trip Categories : Mountain Climbing, Jeep Safari
 
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The Altai Mountains 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. In addition, western Mongolia is rich in archeological sites that vary from ancient petro glyphs to stone carvings from early Turkish nomads. To travel in western Mongolia and visit this area's nomadic people between the snows covered peaks of the Altai Mountains means to experience something that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world. On a trip though this region, one discovers new horizons, will feel the beauty of unexplored wilderness and experience the freedom of nomadic life.
Detail Information
Days1-2 Fly to Ulgii and Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd

Transfer to UB airport and fly 4hrs to Ulgii (One hour time difference). Met by Kazakh crew and transfer to Blue Wolf restaurant.

First day we drive about 70kms and pitch a camp just near Lake Sogoog.Next day, after driving about 120 kms , we reach our road end. This is home place of Tuvan people,who don’t have any religion.

Day3 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), Malchin, Ulgii, Burget and Nairamdal. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks.

Day4 Malchin climb

For a full day we will make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. These are non-technical climbs. (B, L, D)

Day5 Altai Snow Capped Peaks

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.

Days6-7 Potanii Glacier

Today we trek back along the 20km long Potanina glacier, that runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia.We have a chance to visit some local nomadic families. Next day we cross Tsaagan River (White River) and trek 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.

Day8 Drive to Lake Tolbo

Drive out on the steppe valley towards the Lake Tolbo. Lake Tolbo has crystal clear fresh water and good fishing.

Day9 Drive to Tavan Belchir

After driving 4-5hrs, we will pitch camp just on the north side of Tsamba-Garav Uul(one of the highest snowcapped mountains in Mongolia 4208m).The place called “Tavan Belchir”/Five Pastures/.

Days10-11 Hiking to Glaciers and Rocky Mountains

We will ride horses and see the beautiful snowcapped peaks; rocky valleys and crystal clear spring waters.We visit the nomadic Kazakh and Urianhai (one of western Mongolian ethnic groups) families and feel their grade hospitalities. From North West side of the TsambaGarav Uul we have the chance to hike easily closer to snow caps. On the east of TsambaGarav Uul we trek by the narrow beautiful canyon, where is good for fishing. Meet the Kazakh eagle hunter with his Golden Eagle.

Days 12-13 Khar Us Nuur National Park

We have 2 days explorations for this national park,where WWF Mongolia is very active. The largest of the lakes is Kahr Us Nuur/Black Water Lake/.We will try local hospitality at Jargalant Harhan Mountian and hike into Rashantiin Am/Spring Valley/,sacred valley. Here is a sacred spring which is being said to have medicinal properties, including for good for yey diseases. The great lakes basin has the largest reed beds in all of Centrl Asia, with many bird species as well as Saiga Antelope, the rare Wild Boar(in the reeds).,Snow Leopards, Gazelle, Wolves etc.

Day 14 Drive back to Hovd

Drive back to Hovd. Pitch camp near river Buyant.T he Hovd town was a trade center; located on the northern Silk Road with connections to Russia and China. In 1763 the Manchu administration built the fortress Sagijn Cherem (Castle).An area of about 4 ha was fenced with 3m high and 2m wide walls. Now all 18 Mongolian ethic groups live in this province.

Day 15 Fly Out

Transfer to the airport and fly to UB approx.3 hrs.
Notes
Price Includes: English speaking guide, food(3 times per day), cook, packing horse or camels all overnights in gers and tents, camping equipment and all local transport, all Border and National park permits.

Price Excludes: Drinks, Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 20 per night.

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.
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