"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

The Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is the most visited park in western Mongolia with a wide variety of activities. Mountain climbing is best during late summer when weather is warmest. Four of the peaks require mountaineering equipment and experience climbers, though the shortest, Malchin Uul (“Herder Peak”) at 4025m, can be hiked by novices. Near the mountains it is possible to hike Pontuninii Glacier. Hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horse and camel riding, and whitewater rafting is popular throughout the summer and autumn, with tour packages of several days or weeks available. The best area to hike is around the lakes and to the Tavan Bogd Base Camp at 3092m elevation. Tour guides can help you find the best archeological sites and to spot wildlife. Fishing is permitted in the park from mid June to April. Joining an eagle hunter with the help of a guide is available during the winter hunting season.

Hiking in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park are a great way to see the area. One of the best hikes in Mongolia is to start at the bridge between Khoton and Khurgan Nuur and head north up the shore of Khoton Nuur. Note Khoton Lake is a small portion of the size of Khovsgol; you could travel the whole way up one side of the lake in a long day or horseback or a very long day hiking.

Into the northern end of Khoton lake flow two good sized streams, the white one (i.e. full of glacial silt) being Tsagaan Us gol which comes down from the Tavan Bogd peaks.

From the bridge at the lake to the peaks, to the ranger station will take you five to six days' walking (five if you're on horse back). You might allow a couple of days extra if you want to climb above base camp, explore the hot springs, or simply take things slower or spend a day relaxing at a nice camp site.
 



 

ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

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ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

Duration: 15 days /14 nights
Date: July-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 
Arrive at Chinggis Khan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar. Pick up and transfer to hotel/check-in. In the afternoon city tour to Zaisan Monument, Sukhbaatar Square and National History Museum. Welcoming dinner. Overnight stay in hotel (D)

Day 2  Morning flight to Ulgii, Bayan-Ulgii province of Western Mongolia. The majority of the population of this region is Kazakh, with their own culture and own language. At the local airport, you’ll meet your English-speaking guide, driver and expedition cook. Today we’ll drive to Khoton Lake, stopping for lunch on the way, and spending the night at the camping site on Biluut Hill. Here you will find ancient rock carvings of Turkic origin, 1500-2000 years old. Total driving time approximately 6 hours. Overnight in tent (B/L/D)

Day 3  Today we start hiking. Hike past Aral Tolgoy to the Tsagaan Us River Valley to the Khoton and Khurgan Lakes. These lakes are second largest and clearest of all lakes in the Mongolia, the average depth is 26m, and the maximum depth approximately 58m. The Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are connected by a wide natural channel. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque, with snow-capped mountains. A car will follow. Total hiking time: 6 hours. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 4   Hike up the Tsagaan Us River Valley. Here we will visit Kazakh families and learn about the traditions of the Kazakhs. Camel support. Total hiking time: 5 hours. Vehicles go back to Ulgii. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 5  Cross the highest pass. Camel support. Total hiking time: 7 hours. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 6  Hike to Shiveet Uul Mountain, with it’s stunningly beautiful blue lakes, 4000m high snow-capped mountains, a glacier and rich for archaeological sites. Camel support. Total hiking time: 6 hours. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 7  Hike to White River Valley. We will have a chance to visit Tuvan people, who are a separate ethnic and cultural group within Mongolia, live a nomadic life, and practice Shamanism. Total hiking time: 6 hours. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 8   Today we will hike 18km to the base camp of the Tavan Bogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels and their Tuvan handlers who are very friendly and helpful. En route, from 5-6 km away we will see Potanin and Alexander Glaciers, as well as ice peaks. Base camp is 3,000m. Camel support. Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 9  Glacier exploration. Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 10  Climb to Malchin Peak, 4050m. This peak, the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks, is on the Mongolia and Russian border. The climb takes 6 to 7 hours, all the way to the top of Malchin. Back in camp after the climb, we’ll relax! Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 11  Leisure/Free day. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 12  Hike north to Oigor River. Vehicles arrive from Ulgii. Camel support. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 13  We drive back to Ulgii. On the way we’ll visit Eagle Hunters and a nomad family. Afternoon do some arts and crafts shopping. Farewell dinner. Overnight stay at ger camp, take a hot shower. (B/L/D)

Day 14  Return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight stay at hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 15  Leisure day in Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel/L/D)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Accommodation in ger camp, meals according to Itinerary, transport with an experienced driver, local taxes, and guide speaking language per your preference.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, beverages, personal expenses and gratuities.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

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ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

ALTAI TAVAN BOGD HIKING

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