Best of Altai Mountain

This is the best and fast way to Discover Western Altai.

Nomads in Western Mountain

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Best of Altai Mountain

This is the best and fast way to Discover Western Altai.

6 Days
Starts from: 1528 USD
Group size : as you requested people

Schedule 2015

May 06 Oct 20

Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia.

This is the best and fast way to Discover Western Altai.
Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia, straddling the Russian and Chinese frontiers in the Far West. Mountains of eternal snowcapped mountains and glaciers. In these remote regions live many nomads of ethnic minorities.
The Kazakhs are Muslims, and speak an ancient Kazakh language, as well as Tuvan, who are Buddhist and shamanistic. This dramatic journey will bring us to Mongolia’s highest mountain region. We will trek to the Potanin glacier supported by pack camels and locals. Local Kazakh herdsmen will keep their priced Golden Eagles next to their yurts.




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Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Bayan Ulgii and drive to Lake Dayan

Meet in the Ulaanbaatar. Fly to Ulgii, the capital of the Bayan-Ulgii province. The flight takes 3 and a half hours, and on arrival at the airstrip in the Ulgii. A half day, drive to Dayan Lake, near the frontier with China. First drive to Sagsay soum, and have a hot lunch at Hargan River, Continue via Karagul (Black Lake). Visit Kazakh Eagle hunter’s family and feel their grade hospitalities. Meet Kazakh Eagle hunter and see his magnificent bird. See how Kazakh women are making felt and other handy crafts. Soft hiking around. Overnight Kazakh Ger. (L+D)

Day 2

Drive to lake Hoton and Hurgan

Early morning hiking around lake Dayan. After lunch, drive nearby western side of Hurgan Nuur and Hoton Nuur, where many Nomadic Kazakh families spend summer. Along the lakes, we see the beautiful waterfall, rock paintings and some ancient Turkic stones with face. On the right side we see the snowcapped mountains with forest, which make the wall between China and Mongolia. Overnight in tent on Snake valley where you have a chance to see numerous Turkic stones with face. Overnight in tent. (B + L + D)

Day 3

Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Today we will have full day drive to Altai Tavanbogd National Park (means The Holy Five) via Tsagaan Gol (White river) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range more than 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is “Shiveet Hairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx 200 B.C.) Overnight in tent (B + L + D)

Day 4

Altai Tavan Bogd horse trek and Potanian Glacier

Today we will ride horse (11km – you can hike also) to Altai Tavanbogd referring to the peaks of Huiten - 4374m and the highest. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. We will reach the 20km long Potanina glacier, which is ice river starts from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow Peaks. Back to base camp and overnight in tent. (B + L + D)

Day 5

Drive back to Ulgii

After early breakfast, drive via Ulaanhus over desert mountain landscapes, with the snow-capped Sogoog Mountain as a powerful backdrop and the Altai Mountain range ahead of us. Enjoy photographing the charming landscape. After 5-6 hours, arrive back to Ulgii town. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 6

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, you will be driven back to internal airport, Ulgii return flight to Ulaanbaatar. We’ll pick you up at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. End trip. (B)


Services included in the price

Accommodation in tourist ger camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Private transfers
Entrance fees
1 hour camel riding

Available extensions:
Note: The duration and activities can be changed to suit your needs and requirements.

Services not included in the price

Hotels and meals in Ulaanbaatar
Personal equipments
Optional activity cost
Alcoholic drinks
Travel Insurance

John

Hi Oyunaa. Back from my trip. Had a great time there in Mongolia and the Discover Mongolia folks were great. I really, really hope to get to come back some day. John ,from USA. June 2014

Tour information

​The best time to make this trip:

May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

​Accommodation:

We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

​Meals:

In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

​Transport:

Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

​Guide:

An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

​Personal things to bring with you:

Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.