ULAANBAATAR – ALTAI TAVAN BOGD NATIONAL PARK – ULAANBAATAR, 11 DAYS
Location: Bayan-Ulgii province.
Adventurous travelers will revel in the magnificent sceneries of this isolated and ethnically diverse part of the country. The stunning landscapes include glacier-wrapped rugged mountains, formidable snow-peaks reflected in crystal lakes and deep lush valleys with pristine rivers. The western-most province of Bayan-Ulgii is dominated by ethnic Kazakhs whose ancient tradition of hunting with eagles and rich embroideries adorning their colorful gers have been preserved in these remote lands. Altai Mountains saddling Bayan Ulgii and Khovd provinces are one of the two major mountain ranges of Mongolia and include the highest peak of the country, Mt. Khuiten (4378m). The untouched wilderness of the mountains is inhabited by the elusive, endangered snow leopards and lynxes and hides numerous ancient burial sites and mysterious “stone men”, left by the ancient tribes who roamed the region.
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park covers 6,362 sq.km. in the westernmost corner of Mongolia in Bayan-Ulgii province. The park includes encompasses the lakes Khoton, Khurgan, and Dayan. This protected is home for many species of alpine animals such as the wild Argali sheep, Ibex, Red deer, Beech marten, Moose, Snow cock, and Golden eagle.
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Meet your Wild Mongolia guide and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar | Ulaangom | Uvs Lake
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaangom, the capital of Uvs Province in Western Mongolia. Arrive in Ulaangom in the afternoon and drive for Uvs lake. Overnight in tents.
Day 3: Uvs Lake
In the morning we’ll trek along the lake shore for around 10km. Uvs Lake is Mongolia’s largest lake by surface area covering around 3 350 sq. km. at 750m above sea level. It is also by far the largest salt lake in the country and is home to at least 29 species of fish, of which Potanini altai osman are suitable for human consumption. After lunch visit a nomadic family’s ger and learn about their way of life. Overnight in tents.
Day 4: Uvs Lake | Ulgii [350km]
Today we will drive from our campsite on the lakeshore to the neighboring province of Bayan-Ulgii. We will cover around 350km today and on the way drive through a mountain pass of the snow-capped Turgen and Kharkhiraa Mountains, two beautiful lakes Uureg Lake, and Achit Lake. Enjoy snack breaks every 1.5 hours of driving as well as a picnic lunch on the road. In the evening we will arrive in Bayan-Ulgii province, home to Mongolia’s largest ethnic minority group Kazakhs. Weather-permitting, we will camp near Khovd River.
Day 5: Ulgii | Tavan Bogd
Early in the morning we will drive to Ulgii town, refill, and enjoy a short break. Afterwards, drive the Base Camp (BC) in Tavan Bogd Mountains, meet our chasseur, and leave to the Advanced Base Camp (ABC). Overnight in tents.
Day 6: Tavan Bogd
Enjoy a restful morning until lunch. After lunch, trek to the edge of glaciers. The main glacier, named Potanin, is positioned across a West-North to East-South axis. The thickness can reach up to 400m in some parts. Overnight in tents.
Day 7: Tavan Bogd
Today we will trek around ABC nearby Mount Malchin (4085m) and come up on a glacier. Lunch at ABC. Overnight in tents.
Day 8: Tavan Bogd | Ulgii
After an early breakfast we will drive back to BC. The road is difficult and will take about 1.5 hours. After a short break at BC we will continue to drive to Ulgii. Upon arrival enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 9: Ulgii | Ulaanbaatar
In the morning take the 10am flight to Ulaanbaatar and arrive at 1pm. Transfer to your hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10: Ulaanbaatar
In the morning we will explore Ulaanbaatar city. The afternoon will be free for shopping. In the evening enjoy a folk dance and song performance followed by a farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Ulaanbaatar | Departure
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