20 Day Altai Tavan Bogd Mixed Tour
$3150 per person
Immerse yourself in the wilderness and nomadic lifestyle of Western Mongolia. Travel as the Mongolian nomads would – in the saddle of gentle, but tough Mongolian horses. In this 20-day tour, you’ll be able to savoir each stunning landscape and travel through regions with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, valleys, and large alpine lakes. The tour includes many mountain hikes where we can take our time to enjoy the ascent.
The Tavan Bogd mountains are in the Bayan-Ulgii Province of Western Mongolia, with borders to the north with the Altai Republic of Russia, and to the West the Burqin County of China.
The name Tavan Bogd Mountains means the ‘Five Saints” makes sense when you stand by the five tallest peaks in the park. Starting with Kuiten Uul/ Cols mount/ at 14,350 ft (4374 m), Nairamdal/ Friendship/ at 13,714 feet (4,180 meters), Malchin/ Herder/ at 13,287 feet (4,050 meters),Giant mountains.
Tavan Bogd National Park is, however, more than the high peaks and circa 34 glaciers. Indeed, the park includes the beautiful flat area of the Lakes region. Composed of three freshwater lakes, Khurgan Nuur and Khoten Nuur linked by a small river, and the smaller Dayan Nuur south of the two central lakes.
Experience the unique Mongolian culture: the nomadic life, eagle hunting, traditional cuisine (including, horse meat), horse trekking and hiking.
$3150 per person (1 – 4 people)
$2860 per person (5 – 8 people)
$2460 per person (9 – 12 people)
Departure TimeGuests can request and confirm tour dates, at least one month before departure.
IncludedAccommodationAll Museum TicketsHorse GuideMealsNational Park Permits and FeesSightseeingTransportation/CarTypical Souvenir
Not IncludedPersonal Guide
Day 1: Arrival and trek preparation
Welcome to Western MongoliaFrom Ulaanbaatar, take a 3 hour flight to Ulgii City in the Bayan-Ulgii province of Western Mongolia. Your English-speaking guide and driver will welcome you upon arrival and introduce you to Ulgii, with its unique Kazakh culture and language (you'll be surprised to know that little Mongolian is spoken in Ulgii). You'll visit the local museum and the open air market. After a delicious meal to prepare us for the road, the journey begins! We head to Tavan Bogd National Park, through its stunning wilderness where expansive rocky plains give way to a green valley, and the rugged peaks of the Altai.
See Ancient Archaeological ArtefactsWe will stop at Ulaan-khus to explore numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stone along the Sogoog River Basin. It is surrounded by archaeological monuments constructed during the Bronze Age and the Hun and Turkic invasions.
Prepare Your Camel for the Long TrekIn the evening, we will arrive at the campsite on the edge of the National Park boundary. We shall meet the Tuvan people who will prepare pack camels to support our trek. Enjoy a rusting fare around a campfire on the banks of the glacier Tsagaan River, Tsagaan Gol. (L/D/Tent)
Day 2: Potanin Glacier
Day 3: Malchin Peak and the Five Holy Saints of Mongolia
Day 4: Visiting a Nomadic Tuvan Family
Day 5: Shiveet Mountain and Shamanism
Day 6: Khar Sala Valley
Day 7: The Khara Airakh and Bear Valleys
Days 8-9: Crossing the Altai at an elevation of 3600m
Days 10-11: Akh Su Valley
Day 12: Green Lake
Day 13-14: The Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan Lakes
Camping by the Mongolian-Chinese borderWe continue down the dramatic, steep valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd Massif, and set up camp on the shores of Khoton Lake, under the snow-capped Ikh Turgen Uul. Our camp site will be a mere 3km away from China and will have a back drop of the beautiful snowcapped mountain range - outlining the Mongolian-Chinese border. In the summer, the area is the pasture of Kazakh nomads, and in the evening, we will visit a local Kazakh family, observing their nomadic way of living.
Day 15: Baga Durgin Waterfall and Meeting an Eagle Hunter's Family
Day 16-19: The Sumd-Airakh River
Day 20: The Khovd River and Tsengel Soum
Day 21: Departure
- Altai and Tavan Bogd
- Potanin Glacier
- Malchin Peak
- Shiveet Khihan Sacred Mountain
- Khar Sala Valley
- Khara Airkh Valley
- Bear Valley
- Tsaagan Hairhan Uul
- Akh Su Valley
- Green Lake
- Khoton and Khurgan Lakes
- Baga Durgin waterfall
- Sumd-Airakh river
- Khovd River
- Tsengel Soum
- Backpack or soft/duffel bag
- Sleeping bag (appropriate for -5C -10C temperatures)
- Waterproof bag cover
- Head lamp/flashlight
- Spare batteries
- Personal medication
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket with hood
- Waterproof over pants
- Fleece jacket or wool jumper
- Cotton t-shirts
- Long sleeve shirts
- Lightweight trousers
- Warm hat/beanie
- Long underwear/long johns/thermal underwear
- Sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Sun cream
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Resealing (ziploc) plastic bags
- Water bottle
- Hiking stick
- Tissues/toilet paper/wet wipes
- Watch/alarm clock
- Money belt/pouch
- Copy of travel insurance
- Emergency contact details
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance
- Visa application fees
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses, i.e. items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or bus tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), fees for changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.