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Adventures in Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains tour

Ayan Travel - 14 days

  • Adventures in Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains tour
  • 14 days / 13 nights
  • Max. group: 12 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's included
FAQ
Packing List
Accommodation
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Overview

> Visit Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
> Enjoy a 3-day horse riding adventure
> Discover beautiful lakes of Altai region
> Get to know an Eagle hunting family
> Enjoy the views of Snow-capped mountains

This trek is the perfect combination of trekking in the High Altai Mountain and a Horse Riding Adventure. We dedicate this two-week trek to the devoted trekkers and mountaineers. The trip takes you to the most western point of Mongolia, the majestic Mongol Altai mountains, the country’s largest and highest mountain range, with glacier topped peaks over 3000 meters, crystal clear mountain rivers, and glistening streams inhabited by the world’s largest wild sheep. You might also catch a glimpse of Argali, ibex, snow leopard, wolves, eagles, and many other bird species.

The name Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks of Altai) was given to a cluster of 5 dramatic peaks that tower this extensive Mongol Altai mountain range. The climate is extreme, with very little vegetation, giving the surrounding landscape a barren appearance. A trekking session leads us to the holy 5 peaks, the highest of which is Khuiten peak at 4374m. We will trek through the snowy mountains and cross the longest glaciers of the country.

After a fascinating trek, we will make a 3-day horse trekking journey through the colorful valleys, towards the most beautiful lakes of the area. On the way, we will visit local families of Kazakh, Tuva, and Khoton minority groups. We will take short breaks while exploring their lifestyle and customs as well as engaging in friendly talks with them.

Route

What's the plan?

DAY 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Today we will take you to your hotel, where you can rest for a while. During dinner at a restaurant, you will have a short briefing on the upcoming trip to Altai.

Accommodation: in the hotel

DAY 2: Flight to Ulgii
Today we will fly to Ulgii, the center of Bayan-Ulgii province, where 90% of the population is Kazakhs, and have their own language and unique culture. The Kazakhs people are famous for their Eagle hunting game tradition. In Ulgii you will meet our vehicle and the local team. We will then drive you to Sagsai river.

Accommodation: in the tent

DAY 3: Visit Kazakh family
Today we will enter the Altai high mountain area and reach Shiveet Khairkhan mountain, the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by car. We will be traveling at an altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit local a kazakh family to explore their lifestyle and rent the horses for our trip. We will prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trip to Altai peaks.

Accommodation: with the family

DAY 4: Altai Tavan Bogd Peak
Today we will leave our vehicle and load our luggage on the horses. We will trek towards the Altai Tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. Today we will get to the foot of the high peaks.

Accommodation: in the tent
Trekking time: 3 hours

DAY 5: Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd
Today starts our trek towards Potanin Glacier and Mount Altai Tavan Bogd. The Tavan Bogd (Holy Five Peaks) has the highest peaks in Mongolia: Khuiten Uul (4374m), Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged and Peak Ulgii. While trekking, we will cross glaciers which connect those five peaks. We will finally arrive at the camp, where we will overnight in tents.

Accommodation: in the tent
Trekking time: 3 hours

DAY 6: Tsagaan Gol - White river
Today we will arrive at Tsagaan Gol to change our horses. Tsagaan Gol, or White river, owes its color to "glacial milk", the suspended powder of rock eroded be the high glaciers. We will camp near a nomad family. In the afternoon we will chat with them and share our experiences.

Accommodation: in the tent

DAYS 7-9: Khoton and Khurgan Lakes
Today starts the 3-day horse riding towards Khoton and Khurgan lakes. The lakes are the source of Mongolia's second-largest Lake, Khar Us (Black Water), and have crystal clear water. The lakes are fed by many rivers and streams originating in the Altai Mountains. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque with the snow-capped mountains surrounding them, green meadows at their foothills, and larch forests in the middle and sand dunes. This is a nice place to go hiking or birdwatching. On our way, we will visit local families.

Accommodation: in the tent
Horse riding: 3 hours

DAY 10: Beautiful lakes
Meet our vehicle team. Today we will relax in the beautiful lakes. Today there is an optional hiking and trekking activity.

Accommodation: in the tent
Trekking time: 3 hours

DAY 11: Tolbo Lake
Today we will drive towards Khovd town, and we will visit a local family. We will spend the night in tents near Tolbo lake.

Accommodation: in the tent

DAY 12: Khovd town
Today we continue our journey and arrive in Khovd town. Short touring in the town.

Accommodation: in the hotel

DAY 13: City tour
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Leisure time in the city.

Accommodation: in the hotel

DAY 14: Departure
Our services end today. Departure from Ulaanbaatar.

What's included

Included:

√ Domestic Flights
The flight to Ulgii and the return flight to Ulaanbaatar at the end of the trek are included in the price. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ Transport
During the trek, all necessary transportation will be in a 4WD vehicle or in a minivan.

√ Guide
You will be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking guide at all times.

√ Meals
The trek includes full board meals during the trek. These will provide you with the energy necessary to complete each stage of this trek.

√ Fees
The admission fees to the national park and protected areas and all activity fees, such as museums and cultural activities, are included in the price.

√ Accommodation
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and 2 last nights, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. The remaining nights you will spend in tented camping sites.

√ Camping gear
You will spend 10 nights during the trek in camping sites. Except for sleeping bags, all other trekking equipment is included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

√ Luggage Transfer
During the trek, the trekking company will take care of your luggage (up to 85L). You will only have to carry a day bag with your personal items.

√ Horses
During this trek you will enjoy 3 days hoseback riding in the mountains. This activity is included in the trek.

Excluded:

× International Airfare
Flights to and from Mongolia are not included. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN), have a look at their website.

× Visa application & fees
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Mongolia. This should be organized by yourself. You can find a list of visa-free countries here http://www.consul.mn/eng/02visae.php.

× Tipping
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping is optional, but if you had a good time, try to be generous with those who made it happen.

× Single room supplement
During the trek, you will share accommodation. If you want to stay in single rooms, you can request it at an extra cost.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.

× Personal Expenses
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, laundry, souvenir, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are not included, you will have to bring your own. You can also rent one at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

× Excess baggage charges
Your bag can be up to 85L. If you have extra luggage, it will have an extra cost.

× Optional activities
Optional activities that may be available during the trek are not included in the price.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best season

The weather in Mongolia is definitely one of its most curious features: it is so far inland that no sea tempers its climate. Moreover, Mongolia has 3 distinctive regions: the south, with the Gobi Desert, The North-west with its mountain ranges, and the center.

Mongolia is popularly known as “The Land of the Blue Sky”, because it has an average of 230-260 annual days of sunshine. Despite the sunshine, temperatures in Mongolia can get really low, especially in winter (December-February), with temperatures of -30° C.

When is the best time to visit Mongolia? Well, summer and beginning of autumn are the seasons most recommended, that is, between June and September. During these months, temperatures range between 15°C and 30°C. Spring and late Autumn are not bad options neither, but bring a thicker jacket, because temperatures at night get down to -8°C.

Despite the low temperatures, remember to bring with your sunglasses and sunscreen, it is not called “the land of the Blue Sky” for nothing.

What should I bring for my nomad family visit?

It is polite to leave some form of gift with the host to repay them for their hospitality. In general, money does not make a good gift, so leave something personal like postcards from your country, Polaroid photographs and sweets are all thoughtful tokens. It is, however, impolite to take photographs without asking. Many Mongolians dislike tourists taking photographs of them or their children without warning. However, they are usually delighted if you do take their photograph, provided you will then send copies back to them.

How do I get the visa for Mongolia?

You need a visa upon arrival if you are traveling to Mongolia from a country that has no Mongolian consulate or embassy, you can pick up a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Ulaanbaatar. You’ll need 108,000 tugrugs (45 USD) and two passport photos – you should also have a pre-approval letter from an organization or company in Mongolia. In case of booking a tour with us, we will help you to get a visa support letter and further assistance.

Tipping

Tipping is not that common in Mongolia. However, it is common to tip guides and drivers. How much to tip is never clear, but we advise to tip your guide and driver some 2-5 USD per day of trek. If you got a good service and had a good time thanks to their work, show them your gratitude. Be generous, it will be much appreciated.

Packing List

Packing List

When trekking, packing the right equipment is essential. You need to always be ready for the unexpected. We asked our trekking partners in Mongolia to see what they recommend you to pack for your adventure and these are their recommendations:

- Trekking shoes
- Warm clothing
- Windproof and waterproof Jacket
- Small towel
- Camera
- Hat or bandana
- Sunglasses
- Toiletries
- Sunblock/lotion
- Lip Balm
- Insect repellent
- Sandals (optional)
- Passport copies
- ATM/credit cards
- Emergency cash
- Pen

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and last night, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. The remaining nights you will spend in tented camping sites.

In Ulaanbaatar we provide accommodation in 3/4 star hotels on comfortable double rooms, with breakfast.

We will provide you with all the camping equipment necessary during the days in the mountain. Sleeping bags are not included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel - the team of local travel experts organizing discovery & adventure-oriented tours for groups and individuals. We offer programs that take you to the best landscapes and must-see attractions of Mongolia and always try to provide a chance to get to know authentic nomadic life, meet real people and try the adventure activities that Mongolia has to offer proudly.

Adventure is in our spirit. We operate “Adventures in Mongolia”. Imagine immersing yourself, traveling through rugged mountains, feeling freedom on rolling steppes, wandering through wild Taiga forests, discovering dinosaur territory, the mysterious Gobi Desert, paddling on waters, encountering with wild mammals and facing one of the coldest winters on earth, with adventure guides who will enjoy with you. This is what we stand for and what we do for adventurers!

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the outmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

How To Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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