Adventure Trekking & Exploring In Altai Mountains

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Highlights of Mongolian Altai is high snow-capped mountains, glaciers, ancient archeological sites and unique nomadic customs of locals, as Kazakh and Tuvan people.. The Altai Mountain range with their eternal snow, glaciers, traces and signs of ancient ice covers, has been well preserved due to a constantly cold climate and strong winds. The area is inhabited by some endangered animals (such as the Argali sheep, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Rock Ptarmigan and Altai Snowcock) and plants (such as the Dwarf Siberian Pine and White Gentiana). The biggest glacier of the country Potanin is in the Altai Mountains and has a total area of 107.9 square km.

Bayan-Ulgii Province, which borders Russia and China, is home to a diverse population whose traditional ways of life have been preserved in these isolated mountains for centuries. Among these is Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority, the Kazakhs whose ancestors migrated to the area in the 1800s, and only here you can meet Kazakh Eaglehunters with their magnificent bird, which is trapped mostly from wild  or collected from the nest just before flying. Also known for their exquisite embroidery and the fine tapestries and carpets they produce, these Muslim nomads live alongside the Uriankhai, famous for their archery skills, and other nomadic groups such as the Tubans, who are shamans which is unique to this part of Mongolia.

  • Day 1: 7th June. To Ulgii & To Altai Tavanbogd National Park
  • Day 2: 8th June. Trekking to the  Tavanbogd massif.
  • Day 3: 9th June.  Climbing Malchin.
  • Day 4: 10th June. Explore Potaniin Glacier and back to Tsagaan Gol Valley.
  • Day 5: 11th June. Drive to Hoton and Hurgan Lake, Sirgali area.
  • Day 6: 12th June.  Hike to Bagan Turgen waterfall & drive to Dayan Lake.
  • Day 7: 13th June. Spend the morning with  Kazakh eagle hunter back to Ulgii.
  • Day 8: 14th June. Catch an early flight to UB.

DAY 1: 7th June. To Ulgii & To Altai Tavanbogd National Park

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Catch an early flight to Ulgii, which  is the most remote town of western Mongolia.

Drive about 180 km via Tsengel village, stop by the dear stones, and balbals, drive through Tsagaan Gol valley, Explore numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stones near Shivet Hairhan mountain. Meet local tuban people who prepare horses and camels to support our trek.

Overnight in tents.

Day 2: 8th June. Trekking to the  Tavanbogd massif.

Trek for the 16 km  towards the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. We will pitch camp close to the 20 km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai – and remain there for one night.  At the sunset move to the hill above the camp for the photos to the mountains with sunset light.

Overnight in tents.

Day 3: 9th June.  Climbing Malchin. 

For a full day  make day hikes to the Malchin Uul. It si the least highest of the five highest in Mogolia, which is 4050meters high and these are non-technical climb. Wonderful view of all the peaks and Potaina glacier as well as Russian and Kazakhstan territory. This peak divides Mongolian and Russian Border

Overnight in tents.

Day 4: 10th June. Explore Potaniin Glacier and back to Tsagaan Gol Valley.

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Walk on the safe area of Potaniin glacier to take pictures, than following the glacier border on the moraine arrive to the mouth of the glacier and following the glacier valley ( note: not the same way used to climb at the base camp) trek back to the head of Tsagaan Gol valley where tuban people spend their summer. Visit a Tuban ger family and get introduced to their culture, taste dairy products as well as milk vodka, which is distilled from the yogurt made from yak milk

Camp nearby the family.

Day 5  11th June. Drive to Hoton and Hurgan Lake, Sirgali area.

Drive along the Tsagaan Gol valley with a stop for visiting the petroglyphs of the  Shiveet Khairhan Mountain.

Than drive to Sirgali via Snake Valley and across beautiful mountain passes and through the biggest ancient burial sights. Stop by numerous deer stones and balbals.

Stop for lunch nearby herders ger families.

Camp in the south part of the lake near the larches forest and closer to  nomad families ger with their animals. Have a chance to visit a Kazakh family and get introduce with the Kazakh culture and a Kazakh ger. Traditional dinner  with a Kazakh eagle hunter  family near the lake

Camp nearby a family ger.

Day 6: 12th June.  Hike to Bagan Turgen waterfall & drive to Dayan Lake.

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In the morning hike to the Baga Turgen valley where there are 3 waterfalls. The waterfalls are allocated just few steps before the China border and eternal snowcaps.

Walk up along the river than after the biggest waterfall continue and arrive to the top of the small mountain located at the right side when you walk to the waterfall  and enjoy the view from the top to the lakes behind. Descend back to the larch forests for a shooting in the forest, lunch near a family ger  than start by car to Dayan lake to meet the eagle hunter family. Camp by the family and eagle hunter shots in the sunset.

 Day 7: 13th June.  Spend the morning with  Kazakh eagle hunter back to Ulgii.

Get introduced with Kzakh nomad everyday life style by observing morning and evening milking yaks, horses, goats and sheep. Watch the aincient way of making dairy products. Take the  Kazakh eagle hunter in traditional dress and move along the lake or mountain ranges to take photos of him and his eagle.  Driving back to Ulgii in theafternoon, stopping  by the Khar Us  (Black lake) lake along the way to Tsengel Khaurkhan Mountain. Stop  to take photos at the snowcapped Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain or to other gorgeous landscape. Stop for a visit   the Urianhai families to see their ger and slightly different lifestyle than Kazakhs. Arrive in Ulgii and stay at ger camp, traditional meal and Kazakh concert.

Day 8: 14th June.  Catch an early flight to UB.