Classic Hiking in West Mongolia

7 days
T1 trails
Distance: 0 - 10 km / 0 - 6 mi per day
0 - 250 m / 0 - 820 ft ascent per day

> Meet an eagle hunter family
> Hike to Potanian glacier
> Walk over an Ice River

Hiking in Mongolia especially to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is a magnificent experience. The Mongolian Altais are known for their high snow-capped mountains, glaciers, ancient archaeological sites, and the unique nomadic customs of the local people including Kazakhs and Tuvans. The Altais with their eternal snow, glaciers, and traces of ancient ice covers have been well preserved due to the 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 Altais also contain Potanin, the largest glacier in the country.

Note: the minimum of trekkers for this route is 3. If you are traveling alone, get in touch with our booking experts to join a group!



Fly to Ulgii town & city tour

Today you will take a commercial flight to Bayan-ulgii aimag, in western Mongolia, where our local driver and guide will pick you up. Ulgii is the home of Kazakh ethnic groups and this expanding city built in the Khovd river valley is fascinating to explore. Discover Scattered mosques, mud houses, soviet apartments and red theater, museums are architectural artworks. We will visit the provincial museum, the main square, and the open- market bazaar. Enjoy a traditional Kazakh concert in the evening. Stay overnight at a local hotel. 2.5 hours domestic flight



Lake Hoton & Hurgan

Today we will head to the Lakes Hoton and Hurgan, which are glacial and twin lakes, connected by a channel, in Altai Tavan Bogd national park. Explore archaeological and historical sites along the way. As we head west, the more sights get more beautiful. Hike to the waterfall on the cliff and enjoy the waterfall's water colors falling from above. Stay overnight in tented camping. Duration - 6 to 7 hours.

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park


Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

After breakfast, we will drive to Altai Tavan Bogd national park and white river valley. This national park is situated at the triple border with China and Russia, and is popular for its 20 km long Potanian glacier and snow-capped peak mountain called Khuiten, at 4374 meters above sea level. The holy mountain is sacred and has a Buddhist ritual site, “Ovoo”, built by a former president of Mongolia and is state protected. This afternoon we will hike to a glacial lake on the hill nearby our camp site. Stay overnight in tented camping. Duration - 6 hours.

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

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