Wonderful western Mongolia TourLength: 10 days /9 nights
Tour grade: Moderate
Group size: 2-15 people
Potential period: June-October
Choose Your Own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Wonderful Western Mongolia Tour
Day 1: Ulaanbaatar City tour
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar Transfer to hotel and check in. Today we will explore Ulaanbaatar city for a day. In the evening we will enjoy Mongolian folklore concert. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Ulgii & Altai Tavanbod NP
From airport connection flight to Ulgii. Ulgii (3 hours), capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s most western province. Ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii is Kazakh and you will have ample opportunity to meet local families and experience the unique Kazakh culture. Continue our tour to Altai Tavan Bodg National park. Lake evening reach our camping site nearby Mt. Shiveet Khairkhan. Settle down camp and relax in tented camp.
Day 3: Horse trek to Potanian glacier and base camp
Today we will start horse riding to the Glacier in Altai Mountains among White river. We will hire horses and guide from local families who lives in White river basin. Among the route visit man stone monuments and rock painting in the Holy Mt. Shiveet Kharkhan. Evening return at base camp and relax. The trail is gradual ascent, takes about 5-6 hours of moderate ride up for 22 kms. We will reach to a base camp on the edge of the Potaniin’s Glacier. On the way of our ride you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the mountains with icy peaks of Khuiten (4374m), Nairamdal (4082m), Snowchurch (4071m), Malchin (4051m), and Ulgii (4113m) and glaciers of Potanin and Alexander. Stay overnight in tent. BLD (app. altitude 2900m above sea level) Evening return to camp and relax.
Day 4: Trekking day among Mt. Khar salaa, Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain
Trek through Khar Salaa valley of Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain for 18 kms about 5-6 hours. Today we will explore hundreds of petroglyphs which can express deeply about history and culture of nomads as dating back to 3000 years. Also we will enjoy beautiful small lakes as home to many species of water birds and dear stones as remaining of ancient nomad civilization. The Shiveet Mountain is sacred to the Tuvan people and boasts many wildlife including mountain goat-ibex / altitude 3600 m above sea level /. Each year the Tuvans climb to the mountain summit to make offering ceremony for the local hosts. You have an opportunity to visit a “Ger”, traditional dwelling of Mongol-Tuvan nomad family for seeing and learning more about their nature loved unique lifestyle. Stay overnight in tent nearby the nomad family. BLD (app. altitude 2800m above sea level) Evening return to camp and relax.
Day 5: Ulgi town
Drive back to Ulgii town. On the way, stop at Tsengel soum to visit market and center of the town. Late evening return in Ulgii and relax in local hotel.
Day 6:Altantsugts soum/ Aisholpans’ family
Today we will start another exiting part of the trip. We will move to the female eagle hunter Aishopan’s family. We will spend 2 days with her family to explore their lifestyle and cultures. Tented camping nearby.
Day 7: Altantsugts soum/ Aisholpans’ family / Ulgii
Day with Aisholpan’s. Late afternoon drive back to Ulgii. Relax in local hotel.
Day 8: Ulaanbaatar
Today we will take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel and leisure after long adventure.
Day 9: Retreat in Terelj NP
Today we will visit Chinggis Khaan monument and Gandan Monastery. Afternoon visit 13th century park 90km from UB. Free time for shopping.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to airport for international departure. Tour ends.