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Trekking in Khovd Province - Tsambagarav Mountain tour

Ayan Travel - 17 days

  • Trekking in Khovd Province - Tsambagarav Mountain tour
  • 17 days / 16 nights
  • Max. group: 12 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
FAQ
Packing List
Accommodation
Ayan Travel
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Overview

> Visit Khovd town
> Hike through the Mongol Altai mountain range and its snow-capped mountains
> Walk past wide-open valleys, icy streams, and lakes
> Visit the Kazakh family and herders settlements
> Conquer Tsambagarav mountain peak (4202 m)
> Enjoy the amazing sceneries of Virgin nature

This trek takes place in one of the most remote mountain ranges of the world, in the Altai mountain ranges, heading towards its mighty peak, Tsambagarav (4202m), which is the third-highest mountain of Mongolia. The trekking adventure will start and end in Khovd town. The local team will meet you at the airport and will skillfully manage the tour. Mongolian horses and camels are part of the team, carrying your luggage and equipment through the places inaccessible by vehicles. The serenity of wild open valleys, snow-capped mountains, and stunning lakes make this journey a real paradise for trekkers and nature-lovers. While meetings with the locals you will find that their hardness and generosity reflect the arid and spectacular nature which surrounds them.

Route

What's the plan?

DAY 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
On the first day, you will take a city tour with visits to the Natural History Museum and the Gandan monastery. You will then have a short briefing and you will prepare for the next day's flight to the remote Khovd province.

Accommodation: in the hotel
Meals: L/D

DAY 2: Flight to Khovd
We will drive towards Tsagaan Burgas valley, where we will stay overnight in a tented camp. Our travel team will welcome you to the already settled tented camp. Get acquainted with the team: drivers, chef, and the local guides.

Accommodation: in the tent
Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3-7: Tsambaragav mountain
We will load our luggage on the horses' and camels' backs and start trekking to Sairiin Ekh, Salbangiin Belchir, and Argali summer settlements. Our final destination is the mighty peak of Tsambaragav mountain. Pass Nogoon Lake, Urt Bulag river, and make a visit to the Kazakh family. Today's trek will take 5-6 hours. On the trails, you will have the opportunity to observe the wildlife.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 5 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8-10: Altai mountain range
Trekking in Buurgiin Lake, Serven Hill, and Duroo Lake areas. These areas are surrounded by the impressive high mountains of Altai mountain range.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 5 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11: Tsagaan Sair
Today we will enjoy the views of three snow-capped mountains: Sutai Khairkhan , Maraa Khairhan and Tsambagarav Mountain (4202m). We will join the 4x4 vehicle team. Tented camp in Tsagaan Sair.

Accommodation: in the tent
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 12: Visit herder family
Trekking to the Khashaatiin Am. After a lunch break, we will continue our trek to Urgun Shireg, where there is a nomadic settlement of herders. Meet with herders and visit their gers to talk about their lives and taste homemade products, kindly offered by the families.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 5 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 13-14: Snow-capped Tsambagarav mountain
Today we will cross over the Khamar Pass and reach the right slope of the mountain. On the next day, we will trek up to the mighty peak of snow-capped Tsambagarav Mountain. At the end, we will have a briefing on the achieved treks.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 5 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 15: Erdeneburen village
Drive to the center of Khovd province via Erdeneburen village.

Accommodation: in the hotel
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 16: Take a flight to Ulaanbaatar
Today we say goodbye to our local team and the drivers. You will take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. You will then have some free time and in the evening you will enjoy a cultural performance.

Accommodation: in the hotel
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 17: Departure
Transfer to the Airport.

Meals: B

Included

Included:

√ Domestic Flights
The return flight to Ulaanbaatar at the end of the trek is 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 last 2 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 13 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.

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.

× 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. On your first and last 2 nights, 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.

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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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