ULAANBAATAR – MOUNT KHUITEN – ULAANBAATAR, 13 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 | Ulgii
Early in the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulgii, the capital of Bayan-Ulgii Province. After a 3.5 hours flight arrive in Ulgii at around 11am and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon explore the town and visit the local museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Ulgii | Tavan Bogd [220km]
Today we will drive to the western-most point of Mongolia in the Altai Mountains. The highest peaks in the Altai mountain range are called Tavan Bogd or “Five Saints in Mongolian. We will drive through a high mountain pass, and cross some small hills. Overnight in tents at Advanced Base Camp (ABC).
Day 4: Tavan Bogd
Today we will walk for around 12 km from ABC to Base Camp (BC) located close to a glacier. On the way we will see several small rivers, lakes and mountains. Our baggage will be carried by camels and horses. Overnight in tents.
Day 5: Tavan Bogd, Acclimatization Day
After breakfast we will hike through the surrounding hills in preparation for the coming climb. 4-5 hours of walking up and down the hills will be a good training for us. Come back to the camp for lunch and afterwards spend the afternoon on preparation and testing all climbing tools and equipment. Rest after dinner. Overnight in tents.
Day 6: Tavan Bogd
After an early breakfast at around 7am we will start walking to the glacier. After crossing the glacier for around 18km we will stay for the night at Attack Camp (AC). Overnight in tents.
Day 7: Tavan Bogd, Attack Day
We will start to climb early in the morning. It takes 5-6 hours to climb and 4-5 hours to go down. Overnight in tents at Attack Camp.
Day 8: Tavan Bogd, Reserve Day
This day is reserved in case the weather conditions aren’t satisfactory on Day 7. We may need to stay one more day at AC to climb. If Day 7 was satisfactory we will be back to BC today. Overnight in tents.
Day 9: Tavan Bogd
Today we will return to BC through glacier and rest in the afternoon. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Tavan Bogd
Today we will walk for 12km back to ABC and rest in the afternoon. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Tavan Bogd | Ulgii
In the morning we will drive back to Ulgii town. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 12: Ulgii | Ulaanbaatar
Today fly back to Ulaanbaatar and spend the day exploring Ulaanbaatar city and shopping. Attend a folk dance and song performance. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Ulaanbaatar | Departure
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