Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Arrive to Olgii
Olgii is highest Mongolian aimag (province). For the most part is located in the Mongolian Altai mountain region. The aimag is famous for the traditional hunting method using trained golden eagles. An estimated 80% of the world`s eagle hunters live here.At local airport you will be met one of the our representative: driver, English speaking tour guide, and cook. We will drive from airport to the entrance of the “Altai Tavan Bogd National Park”. (180km from Olgii). Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (L-D)
Day 2 Glacier exploration
After breakfast you will start trekking from the entrance of the National park to the base camp. For approximately 5-6 hour on foot. In this day join our team camels and horses with guides. Baggage and all stuffs will transfer by camel. After 16km trekking you will reach one of the longest Potanine glacier which is surrounded with snow-capped peaks of Altai Tavan Bogd mountains. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 3 To climb “Malchin” peak.
This day we will climb the Malchin peak 4050 meter high which is located on the Mongolia and Russian border. It’s not a technical climbing. You can easily be on the top. You’ll have the best view of the whole Altai Tavan Bogd national park and the longest Potanin glacier from the top of the Malchin peak.
Return to the base camp and overnight accommodation in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 4 Trekking to “white river valley”
After having breakfast you will trekking back to the Tsagaan gol ( white river) valley. Approximately five-six hour trek this day. Have a rest, relax. There will be time for in evening hike to the beautiful two lakes. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 5 Hike to the “Khara-Airkh” valley
Hike to the Khara-Airkh valley through “Shivet Hairkhan” mountain. On the way we will stop for watching numerous of petroglyphs (rockarts) from the Bronze and Turkic ages. After five hour walking you will reach Khara-airkh valley which is summer home of local Tuvan nomads. You will be able to get acquaint with the rich Tuvan culture and their daily life. You will have a chance to taste milk products such as: local yak cheese, milk vodka which is distilled from yak milk, and others. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 6 Trekking to the “Bear valley”.
On this day we will trek across on the highest mountain pass with continued camel support. The Bear valley offers you unspoiled natural beauty and unique opportunity to see wild animals such as: ibex ( wild goat), Argali sheep, red deer, snow leopard, Bear, Altai snow-cock, Golden eagle and many others. The wooded meadows between forested hills are covered with wild and sweet smelling flowers. You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery of wild nature. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 7 Trekking to “Akh su” valley.
After having a breakfast you will start trekking from Bear valley to Akh su valley. After 2-3 hour trek you will stop for lunch one of the most beautiful “Green lake”. Water in lakes is fresh and surrounding forests are rich variety of rare plants and animals. Then continue on to Akh su valley that Kazakh Nomads spend their summer time. There we will be met our driver. Farewell to our lovely friends horse and camels. From here we drive 50km to Khoton lake. We’ll set up our camp on the lakeshore of khoton. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 8 Drive to “Sagsai” village, Visit eagle hunters family.
After 100 kilometer drive you’ll arrive in small Sagsai village which is situated in a picturesque place on the bank of the Khovd river. Visit nomadic eagle hunter’s family. It is a most important activity of the every tour that we organize.Each day you will have a lots of chance to talk with eagle hunter and photographing with golden eagle, get acquaint nomads life style , their rich culture etc. Also you can ask any questions from eagle hunter. He gladly answer your questions and demonstrate his eagle and give interesting information about trained wild eagle. Furthermore you will enjoy tasting milk products and hospitality of local Kazakh nomads. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent. (B-L-D)
Day 9 Drive back to Olgii province.
After breakfast we’ll drive back to Olgii city on the way we’ll stop for watching Dear stones or Bal bals. In Olgii you will visit local Bazaar (outdoor market) and central museum of Olgii province. Time for shopping local art and souvenir. In the evening “Altai nomads travel” team organize a wonderful short musical concert to include Kazakh folk song, Kazakh traditional dance, and you can listen to the amazing sound of “dombra” that Kazakh main traditional musical instrument. You will enjoy having a Kazakh traditional meal Beshbarmak. Overnight accommodation will be in a Kazakh yurt or hotel. (B-L-D)
Day 10 Farewell to Bayan-Olgii province.
After breakfast you will driven to the local airport with your guide for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. B
Altai trekking video
ALTAI TAVAN BOGD NATIONAL PARK TREKKING
Name of the tour: Altai mountain trekking
Duration of the tour: 10 days 9 nights
Tour price includes:
- Flight tickets to and from Olgii
- Airport pick up and drop off in Olgii
- Local English-speaking guide full time service
- Experienced driver and cook
- land transportation,
- Camel and horse rent
- Camping equipment.(tent mattress)
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks in between,
- National park entrance fee.
Tour price doesn’t include:
- International airfare
- Any service in UB
- Travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
- Excess baggage charge
- Passport and visa fees
- Optional additional activity cost
- Personal expenses
- Special order in cafes and restaurant
All your baggage will transport by camel during the trip.
What need to bring?
This is suggested packing list, that must have in your kitty, to make your trip a fulfilling and a comfortable experience.
- Waterproof bag cover
- Comfortable light boots for walking
- Head lamp/flashlight
- Personal medications
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket with hood
- Waterproof over pants
- lightweight trousers
- Anti mosquito lotion
- long underwear
- Wool socks
- Warm hat and gloves
- Sun glasses
- Sun care cream
- Spare glasses
- Water plastic case with 1 liter of capacity
- Wet tissues
- Money belt/ pouch
- Insurance confirmation copy
- Emergency contact number
Mostly we are camping and trekking around 1500-2000m high from the sea level. Some trekking routes may go as high as around 3000m but this is not a daily occurrence. When you climb up to the Malchin peak, it is about 4050m high from the sea level.
Some weather recommendations: Summer months in Mongolia are from early-June to mid-September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night, the weather at Altai Tavan Bogd NP is very changeable, so be prepared for all weather conditions.The weather at Altai Tavan Bogd NP is very changeable, so be prepared for all weather conditions. Mountain weather is always unpredictable, we recommend you to bring warm sleeping bags that rated -15 celcius.