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

MOUNTAINEERING

Mountain Climbing is among the biggest draws to the park. The highest peaks of Tavan Bogd attract expert climbers, though lower peaks can be hiked by novices without special equipment. Khuiten Uul ('Cold Peak') at 4374m (14,201 ft), Nairamdal Uul ('Friendship Peak') at 4,180m (13,714 ft), and Bürged Uul ('Eagle Peak') at 4068m (13,207 ft) all require ice axes, crampons, and ropes. While Malchin Uul 4050m (13,150 ft) can be hiked.

The best time to climb is from July to early September when temperature is highest and most snow has melted at lower elevations (all peaks have permanent snow covered peaks). The peaks can be climbed any time of year, though it becomes more difficult the further from August you go. Only experienced climbers should go during winter with the help of a local expert to get to the mountains.

There are several smaller peaks of over 3,500m inside the park as you go south from Tavan Bogd that can be climbed also. Mt. Khuiten is one of the highest peaks of the Altai Mountains and the highest point of Mongolia at 4374m. The Khuiten peak borders with Russia, China and Kazakhstan simultaneously and is close by other beautiful peaks like Malchin, Nairamdal, Naran, Snow church and Ulgii.

The Altai Mountains are the home to mountain sheep, Ibex and snow leopards. Here you will see Mongolia’s longest glacier, Potanin at 19km long. Also the Altai region is rich in history, including countless ancient monuments, deer stones, petroglyphs and burial grounds.
 
   



 

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Duration: 12 days /11 nights
Date: June - August
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at Chinggis Khan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar, transfer to 3-star hotel in downtown. In the afternoon half day city tour – Zaisan Monument complex, Sukhbaatar Square and National History Museum. Preparation for trip to Bayan-Ulgii. (L/D)

Day 2 Bayan-Ulgii
Morning flight to Ulgii. Ulgii is a capital of Bayan-Ulgii province; the population is 90 percent Kazakh but also includes other ethnic groups: Urianhai, Dorvod, and Tuva. The Kazakhs are very famous for their hunting with Golden Eagles, which they train to hunt rabbits, foxes and other small animals. You will be greeted by your driver, English speaking guide and expedition cook. Before lunch, you’ll visit the main sites of town such as the local museum, the black market, and the mosque. After lunch, we’ll drive to Tavan Bogd (Five Peaks) National park. Overnight stay in tent camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3  Tavan Bogd, Tsagaan Gol Valley
After breakfast we drive about 4-5 hours and reach the Tsagaan Gol valley in the early afternoon, which is a common place for the nomadic people to make camp in the summer time. This is where the Tuva people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Here we will meet our camel guide and prepare for trekking. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 3  Trek to Tavan Bogd base camp
Today we will trek 18km to the base camp of Tavan Bogd. Luggage will be transported by camels, handled by local Tuva people. While trekking from 5-6km you can see Potanin and Alexander glaciers with the ice peaks. The base camp is 3000m. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 4  Acclimatization day
After breakfast we’ll start slowly walking for about an hour and climbing to Malchin peak at 4050m, which is on the Mongolian and Russian borderline. Malchin peak is the lowest of the Holy five peaks, it takes 6-7 hours, climb all the way until the top of Malchin. Most of the walk will be on rocks so care is needed. Then back to the camp to relax. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 5-8  Khuiten ascent
We’ll need to cross the Potanin glacier, which lies between the base camp and Khuiten peak. We’ll cross many big crevasses before reaching the peak. From base camp, the walk is one day and we’ll set up high camp at 3500m. The next day, if weather is peaceful, we’ll start climbing to the peak early in the morning. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 9  White River
Today we will trek back to our camp in the Tsagaan Gol Valley. We’ll meet our driver who will take us back to Ulgii. In the evening we will have chance to visit Tuva family to observe their culture and lifestyle. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 10  Ulgii
We will say "goodbye" today to our Tuva friends and take the 7 hour drive back to Ulgii. On the way we’ll visit Kazakh eagle hunters. Tonight we provide you a chance to sleep in a Kazakh yurt (ger). Hot shower and we’ll celebrate our ascent with cold beers and a Kazakh traditional meal “Besbarmak” which means “five fingers”. Main idea of this special meal is typically eating by hand. This is a delicious stewed mutton, horse meat sausages and vegetables, homemade noodles sprinkled with parsley and onion. Overnight stay in ger (B/L/D)

Day 11  Ulaanbaatar
This morning we catch a return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Then transfer to 3-star hotel in downtown. Free afternoon for cashmere and souvenir shopping and leisure. In the evening Mongolian traditional Folklore Concert by famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble. Farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 12  Departure
Transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure (B)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Meals as listed above, accommodation as listed above, private Russian UAZ van with experinced driver, local mountaineering guide, cook, camels and horses, permits and fees for the National park, domestic flights to/from Ulgii, pick up/transfer from domestic airport and Ulaanbaatar.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
International flights, visa, travel insurance, charges for excess baggage, individual equipment, alcoholic beverages, ather costs not specified in “Includes”.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

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