Adventure Trekking In Tavan Bogd National Park

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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.

10 days, 2 days of driving and 5 days of trekking in the Tabanbogd National park supported by camels.

  • Day 1: Arrive in UB
  • Day 2: Ulgii & Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Day 3: Tavanbogd massif
  • Day 4: Back to Tsagaan Gol Valley
  • Day 5: Hike to the Khara Airikh Valley
  • Day 6: Altai Mountains crossing
  • Day 7: To Green Lake
  • Day 8: To Ulgii
  • Day 9: Catch an early flight to UB
  • Day 10: Departure for International flights.

DAY 1: Ulgii & Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

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

Drive about 180 km via Ulanhuis over desert mountain landscapes. Explore numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stones along the Sogoog River basin. Bayan-Ulgii is rich in archaeological remains, as a reminder of the Bronze Ages and the time of the Huns and Turkic invasions. At Shiveet Hairhan Mountain, where numerous Tuvan nomads live, in Altai Tavanbogd National Park. Shiveet Hairhan is sacred for the local people, and they don’t hunt there as a result it is inhabit for over 400 mountain ibexes. Shibeet Khairkhan Mountain Means “Carved Holly Mountain”. Meet local tuban people who prepare horses and camels to support our trek.  Overnight in tents.

DAY 2: Tavan Bogd massif

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Trek for the 16km  towards the base camp of the snow-capped Tavanbogd massif. We will pitch camp next to the 20km long Potanina glacier – the biggest of the twenty glaciers in Mongolian Altai – and remain there for two nights. Tavanbogd means “the Holy Five” referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level.. The other peaks are named Nairamdal, Ulgii, Burged and Malchin.  It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks and gorgeous view of all of them during the sun set and sun rise..


Day 3: Back to Tsagaan Gol Valley

Trek back to to the head of Tsagaan Gol valley where tuban people spend their summer. Tubans are shamans, and there are some tribe people who really practice shaman and they help sick people and do various shaman ceremonies.  In the evening visit tuban 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. They also do wonderful felt crafts. Camp nearby the family.

Day 4: Hike to the Khara Airikh Valley 

Hike to the Khara Airikh Valley via Shiveet Hairhan Uul we will be able to view the biggest petroglyphs from the iron and bronze ages…  Here we may have a chance to view Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica) and pitch camp before the snow area of the pass to other side of  Altay Mountains.

DAY 5: Altai Mountains crossing

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We will cross the Altai at the highest elevation of some 3600m our trek and have the broad views across the Altais.  We are here near the peak of Tsaagan Hairhan Uul (Sacred White Mountain/ 3662m). Arrive to a scenic valley which the locals call the Bear Valley..

We are now in a scenic area, where small streams develop into rives fed by the melting glaciers flowing  down broad steppe valleys.  Around are forested hills of larch forests and mountains. Along the rivers there are wooded and alluvial meadows with broad leaf forests. We will stay  for two overnights and next day we will make day hikes in this stunning beautiful  area.

 DAY 6: To Green Lake

Trek down a valley with patches of Larch forests and reach the so called Green Lake, where we pitch camp.

 DAY 7: To Ulgii

Drive to Ulgii through  Hurgan lake and Khovd river valley, stop by some deer stones and balbals (Turkic stone man). Stop by the Kazakh Eagle hunter family, get introduced with the eagle hunting traditions and skills. See the bird.  Stay in ger camp neaby Ulgii and enjoy traditional Kazakh concert and beshbarmak which is traditional Kazakh meal.

DAY 8: Catch an early flight to UB