Mongolia

Altai Trekking

Level

Moderate- Challenging

Duration

10 days

Time to travel

June to September are considered best months for this trip

Route

Ulaanbaatar- Ulgii- Tavan Bogd Base Camp – Malchin Peak – Base Camp– Ulgii-Ulaanbaatarar

The Altai mountain range is Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range, and this adventure will have us trekking all the way to the stunning Altai mountain range in the remote western Mongolia. The Mongol Altai range has some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world so take in the amazing nature and enjoy unique local traditions during this wonderful trekking experience.The best time to visit is from July to September when the snow has melted, temperatures are warmer, and days are longer.

Facts:

  • Activities: trekking/ hiking; camping; cultural sightseeing, horse riding ( optional)
  • Altitude: 4050 m

Our operation:

  • All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment
  • Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge about the mountain, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

Sustainability:   

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Ulaanbaatar/ City tour (D)

A Rahhalah guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the key sights of this unique city like the Gandan Monastery, home to a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. We will also visit the infamous Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan’s empire-building.

Overnight: Hotel 

Day 02: Ulaanbaatar- Bayan-Olgii Province (B, L, D)

In the morning, check out hotel after breakfast and catch flight to Bayan Olgii, local arrangements, your local guide, driver and cook will pick you up in the afternoon and do half day city sightseeing tour including local museum, black market, and the mosque. Transfer to the local hotel in the town. Dinner at the local hotel.

Overnight: Eagle Nest hotel or similar

Day 03: Tavan Bogd National Park (B, L, D)

In the morning, we drive out of the town toward the Tavan Bogd National Park with ~ 90 km drive with some optional stop for the local nomadic family, enjoy western Mongolia and arrive near to the place that we begin climbing and overnight at tent.

Overnight: tent

Day 4: Arrival in Tsagaan Gol River Valley (B, L, D)

We’ll reach to Tsagaan Gol Valley (White River valley) in the afternoon about 4 – 5 hr drive. Tsagaan Gol is a place where nomadic families spend summer and mostly Tuvan (ethnic group) nomads live. Here we’ll meet our camel guide and prepare for the next days’ trekking.

Overnight: tent

Day 5: Arrive in Tavan Bogd National Park’s base camp (B, L, D)

Today we’ll trek for 18 km to the Tavan Bogd base camp, we’ll load luggage to the camels and day backpack is needed carry on you. On the way, Potanin & Alexander glacier will be seen in the distance of 5 – 6 km. The base camp is in 3000 m.
Overnight: tent

Day 6: Climb to Malchin Peak ( B, L, D)

After having a breakfast, we’ll slowly walking for about an hour and climb to Mt. Malchin (4050 m) which is one the Mongolia and Russian border line. Malchin peak is the lowest of the Five Holy Peaks (Tavan Bogd Peaks) and it takes 6 – 7 hrs to reach to the top. Most part of the path to the top is rock and you have to be careful when you climb or trek to the top.

Overnight: tent

Day 7: Base camp- Oigor and Tsagaan Gol Valley (B, L, D).

Today, we’ll trek back to our camp in the Tsagaan Gol valley to Olgii this day and meet our driver. In the evening, we’ll drive back to Olgii town and can visit to Tuvan family to experience their lifestyle, overnight tent.   

Day 8: Visiting Kazakh Family –Drive back to Ulgii town (B, L, D)

Drive to Bayan-Ulgii, on the way visit to rock drawing and Kazakh family to see hunting Golden Eagles, arrive in Bayan-Ulgii, transfer to the Eagle’s Nest local hotel and take shower and rest. We’ll celebrate our ascent with a Kazakh traditional meal “Besbernak”.

“Besbarmak” means “Five fingers” and the meal is typically/traditionally eaten with hands, this is why it is called as this. Besbarmak is a delicious stewed mutton,  horsemeat  sausages,  vegetables,  homemade  noodles  sprinkled  with mutton,  horsemeat  sausages,  vegetables,  homemade  noodles  sprinkled  with parsley and onion.

Overnight : Eagle nest Hotel or similar.

Day 9: Olgii –Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)

In the morning or in the afternoon, we catch a flight to Ulaanbaatar, after 3hr flight, we’ll land at Chinggis Khaan airport and transfer to your hotel, check in and rest at the hotel. Optional shopping for souvenir or cashmere if you wish. Enjoy traditional folklore concert from magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner

Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Departure (B)

Meet at the hotel and transfer to the airport for departure.

3,345 USD

per person in a group of min 4, Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

upon request

NOTES 

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid till 15th December, 2017.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Experienced guide for trekking
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers
  • Standard Accommodation in twin/triple occupancy /hotel, ger camps, local hotel, tent/
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Air flights to/from Bayan Ulgii + 15 kg luggage free of charge+ taxes
  • Cook for the camping days
  • Camel support with camel guide
  • Border and relates permissions
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal gear
  • Cost due to an early descent
  • Single supplement
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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