Exploring Archaeological Sights

DAY 1: Ulgii

  • Arrive in Ulgii
  • See sights around town (market, theater, museum, mosque, etc.)
  • Sample local restaurants for lunch and dinner
  • Stay in nearby ger camp

DAY 2: Eagle-Hunter’s Family

  • Drive to the village of Altantsogts (60km) and visit a famous eagle-hunter named Sailau and his family
  • Sailau is one of the most experienced and respected eagle-hunters in the region
  • He trains his sons and local young people to work with eagles
  • He and his son were featured in the recent BBC television special “Human Planet”
  • Lean about eagle-hunting practices and traditions
  • Enjoy Kazakh hospitality and sleep in a Kazakh ger

DAY 3: Khoid Tsenkheriin Agui ( (Northern Cave of Blue)

  • Drive via Khovd to Khoid Tsenkheriin Agui (Northern Cave of Blue) and stay in a ger camp
  • Nearby we can explore caves with some of the oldest known rock art in Central Asia
  • These unusual Neolithic paints of animals are unique and believed to be more than 15,000 years old! (www.whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/935/)

DAY 4: Ulaan Davaa Pass

  • Enjoy a scenic day drive to the Gol-Turgan Gol confluence
  • These gorgeous mountains are home to the endangered snow leopard, the argali sheep (world’s largest mountain sheep), and the Altai snow cock
  • Camp next to one of the biggest archaeological sights in the region

DAY 5: Shegirtay Hot Spring

  • Drive to Shegirtay Hot Springs
  • On the way stop to explore ancient Turkic stone men (balbals), deer stones, and petroglyphs
  • The spring is sacred to the local people who use it to treat different body ailments
  • Camp nearby

DAY 6: Tolbo Lake and Sagsai Gol

  • Drive to Sagsai Gol Valley via Tolbo Lake
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and colorful mountains
  • Excellent site for fishing and bird-watching
  • Camp in the colorful meadows

DAY 8: Baga Oigor Valley

  • Drive 120km (4-5 hours) west to Tavanbogd National Park through the village of Ulaanhus and Sogoog Valley
  • Stop to investigate ancient burial mounds dating back 4,000 years
  • Camp at the Sogoog River and explore nearby petroglyphs

DAY 9:  Sacred Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain

  • The best petroglyphs in the area can be found near Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, which is a sacred site for locals
  • Bayan-Ulgii boasts over 10,000 petroglyphs, 150 balbals, 1,500 burial mounds, and 56 deer stones
  • There is also a large population of wild goats (ibex)
  • Tuvans maintain a large outdoor shrine (ovoo) used for shamanistic ceremonies
  • Sleep here for two nights

DAY 10: The Tsagaan Gol Valley and Visit Tuvan Families

  • Visit Tuvan nomadic family and learn about their culture
  • Sample dairy products, including vodka distilled from yak milk
  • If interested, you can ride a horse around the area
  • Explore local deer stones and balbals

DAY 11: Snake Valley

  • Drive to Snake Valley across beautiful mountain passes and through large ancient burial sights
  • Camp at a small mineral spring where there are numerous deer stones and balbals

DAY 12: Ulgii

  • Drive back to Ulgii, stopping to explore more burial sights and balbals along the way
  • Stay in a nearby ger camp and enjoy a traditional Kazakh concert in the evening

DAY 13: Return to UB

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If you are interested, Kobesh Travel can arrange to have an Ulaanbaatar-based guide meet you at the airport/train station upon your arrival in Mongolia. The guide can help you navigate Ulaanbaatar, can travel with you to your accommodation, and can show you some of the city’s sights. Furthermore, Kobesh Travel can also help you explore more of Mongolia than just the West. We are more than happy to help extend your sightseeing of our beautiful country with additional journeys before or after your trip out West.

  • Includes: English-speaking guide, cook, land transportation, accommodations, camping equipment, three meals a day with snacks in between, pack animals, camel guides, and national park tickets
  • Excludes: Domestic flights, alcohol, discretionary horse/camel rides, and laundry