Horse trekking adventure in Altai
“Horse trekking tour” for 8 days in the most beautiful place of the western part of Mongolian Altai Tavan Bogd national park. Altai Tavan Bogd national park has some of the most stunning scenery in all of Mongolia towering with white mountains, glaciers, deep lush valleys, and large lakes.
Name of the tour: Horse riding adventure
Duration of the tour: 9 days 8 nights
Destination: Altai Tavan Bogd national park.
Tour price includes:
- Flight tickets to and from Olgii
- English-speaking guide,
- Experienced driver and Cook,
- Airport pick up and transfers,
- land transportation,
- Horse riding with our equipment
- Camping equipment,
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks in between,
- National park entrance fee.
Tour price doesn’t include:
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Passport and visa fees
- personal expenses
- special order in cafes and restaurant
We wish you an unforgettable journey in Western Mongolia!!!
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Arrive to Olgii province
Olgii is the 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 by one of our representatives: driver, English speaking tour guide. Upon your arrival Olgii you will visit local Bazaar(outdoor market) and central museum of Olgii province. Make shopping for local art and souvenir. Overnight accommodation will be in a Kazakh yurt.
Day 2 Drive to Akh Su
Today we will drive from Olgii to Akh Su valley that Kazakh Nomads spend their summer time where the first camp is located. On the way we will stop for watching numerous of ancient rock carvings of Turkic origin, 1500-2000 years old. This day you have a chance to see Khoton and Khurgan lakes that second largest and clearest lakes of Mongolia. Average depth is 26m, maximum depth is approximately 58m. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque surrounded by snow-capped Altai mountains. There you will be met by your horses and camels with guides .Become acquainted with the horses and perhaps there will be time for short ride near camp. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent.
Day 3 Start horse riding to Bear valley.
After having a breakfast in the frosty air, saddle the horses and pack the pack camels. Baggage and all stuffs will transfer by camel. Follow the trail down Akh Su to Bear valley. After 2-3 hour riding 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 we’ll go on riding to Bear valley. 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. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent.
Day 4 Riding to the “Khara-Airkh” valley
After five hour riding you will reach Khara-airkh valley which is summer home of local Tuvan nomads. You will be able to get acquainted 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.
Day 5 Riding to entrance of the “Altai Tavan Bogd national park”
After having a breakfast we’ll go on adventurous riding to Altai Tavan Bogd national park entrance. En route today we will have plenty of opportunity to see local life. There will be time for in evening hike to the beautiful two lakes. We will set up our camp just next to the gate of the national park. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent.
Day 6 Riding to Altai Tavan Bogd massif. Base camp
Today’s ride takes you deeper into national park. The views of snow-capped mountains, White rivers and wild flowers, are amazing here. En route you will see Potanin and Alexander glaciers, which is the longest in the Mongolia. Hiking to glaciers and terrain is uneven, you have to go carefully. We will set up our camp next to the glacier. 3000 meter above the sea level. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent.
Day 7 White river valley riding
After having a breakfast we will ride to White river valley. You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery of wild nature on horseback. Once we reach the road our vehicles are waiting for us to take Sagsai village. Overnight accommodation will be in a tent.
Day 8 Drive to “Sagsai” village, Visit eagle hunters family.
After 150 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 answers your questions and demonstrated his eagle and give interesting information about trained wild eagle. Furthermore you will enjoy tasting milk products and hospitality of local Kazakh nomads. Drive back to Olgii city. Overnight accommodation will be in a yurt.
Day 9 Farewell to Bayan-Olgii province.
After breakfast you will driven to the local airport with your guide for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar.