11 Days Mongolia Tavan Bogd Trekking Tour
11 Days Mongolia Tavan Bogd Trek
Date: 7-17 Jun, 16-26 July, 2-12 Aug 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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For adventurers looking to explore remote areas, this trek brings you by glacier-fed rivers, snow-packed passes, turquoise lakes, and high peaks. You will also have a chance to hike where few people seldom go, besides the local Kazakh nomads watching over their livestock grazing in the summertime. Situated in the extreme west side of Mongolia, the Altai mountains are close to Ölgii, Bayan-Ölgii Aimag (province). With borders to the north with the Altai Republic of Russia, and to the West the Burqin County of China, the name Tavan Bogd Mountains means the ‘5 Saints” referring to the five tallest peaks in the park; namely Kuiten Uul (4374 m), Nairamdal (4,180 meters), Malchin (4,050 meters), Bürged (4,068 meters) and Ölgii ( 4,050 meters). Besides the high peaks and circa 34 glaciers, the park includes the beautiful flat area of the Lakes region: Khurgan Nuur and Khoten Nuur linked by a small river, and the smaller Dayan Nuur south of the two central lakes.
If you are ready for a new adventure travel, a trip of trekking Altai, Mongolia, is for you.
The below itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar Guided City Tour – O/N Hotel (D)
Day 2: Flight to Altai region and drive to Baga Oigor Petroglyph Gallery – O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 3: Travel to Bogd National Park – O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 4: Trek to Tavan Bogd Base Camp – O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 5: Climb Malchin Peak (4051m) or to the Mongolia-Russia Borderline – O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 6: Trek Out to the Lower Gate of Tavan Bogd – O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 7: Trek to the Holy Shiveet Mountain. Spot wild goats and Rock Carvings- O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 8: Travel and explore Kazakh Culture- O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 9: Drive to Ulgy Town- O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 10: Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar, Farewell Dinner- O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 11: Departure (B)
Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar Guided City Tour (dinner, hotel)
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia and transfer to a centrally located 4 star hotel. Afternoon guided city tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city: the Gandan Temple – city’s main Buddhist center, the central city square with a grand statue of Genghis Khan and the Zaisan Memorial, an elevated hill on the city’s edge providing a panoramic view of UB. Then choose to visit one or two museums from the following: National Museum introducing Mongolia’s history from early humans to modern era, Dinosaur Museum with a unique collection of dinosaur fossils, Choijin Lama or State Oracle Residence-museum displaying best samples of Buddhist artwork and religious masks. Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare statues of Buddhist deities and items of personal use of this last theocratic ruler of Mongolia is also worth considering. An evening folk show of music, throat singing and contortion will be followed by a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Flight to Altai region and drive to Baga Oigor Petroglyph Gallery (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
Transfer to UB airport for a flight to Ulgy town in Western Mongolia. Upon arrival meet with your support team and drive to Tavan Bogd NP. We travel across mountainous desert for 5 hours to arrive at Baga Oigor valley, the site of an extensive petroglyph gallery included in the UNESCO “World Cultural Heritage List. Stone and Bronze age rock carvings here are scattered across an area 15km long and 500m wide. Images depict wild and domestic animals and scenes of human life such hunting, handling domestic animals, worship etc. Here we set up our tented camp and spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the rock art gallery. We then return to our camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Travel to Bogd National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
We travel along enormous V-shaped mountain valleys with small rivers streaming from glaciers that cover the mountain tops. Mountain slopes covered in lush grass alternate with steep mountainsides completely covered in scree. Large mushroom-like yurts of Kazakh herders and their massive flocks of yaks and goats often come across our way as well as a multitude of marmots. Shortly after lunch we arrive to Tavan Bogd NP gate, a few yurts – home of local rangers at the foothill of even bigger mountains. This is the starting point of the trek. Until dinner you may walk and explore the surrounding foothills. This evening local herders will arrive with their pack camels that will carry our camp, luggage and food in the next days.
Day 4 Trek to Tavan Bogd Base Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
After a hearty breakfast we trek to Tavan Bogd base camp (BC), the launch pad for climbing the highest peaks of Tavan Bogd. Watch Bactrian camels being loaded and set off for the BC. Most of the route is a gradual ascent on a high mountain terrain with occasional bogs and a few shallow streams to cross and just two steep but short sections. Halfway through the route magnificent views of snow capped peaks and vast glaciers will come into your sight. Around lunch time the camel caravan overtakes trekkers who normally reach BC in the late afternoon. Our camp site at just over 3000meters allows impressive views of Mongolia’s highest peaks and largest glaciers.
Day 5 Climb Malchin Peak (4051m) or to the Mongolia-Russia Borderline (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
Our goal today is to climb one of the lower and easier peaks of the area. Although non-technical a return trip requires 7-9 hours depending on trekkers’ fitness and weather conditions. We hike along the Potanin glacier moraine for an hour before stepping on the mountain. Although entirely on scree the trail is well established and marked requiring just trekking poles. Once at the top enjoy spectacular bird eye views of glaciers, snow capped peaks and the Russian territory. There is also a less demanding option of climbing to a lower ridge that marks the borderline between the two countries. Off the mountainside leisurely stroll to the camp.
Day 6 Trek Out to the Lower Gate of Tavan Bogd (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
Going to the lower gate of the NP is an easy downhill stroll although some marshy sections and streams need to be negotiated. At two thirds of the way we reach the edge of a deep V-shaped valley at the bottom of which rumbles a torrential river full of glacial silt. This is Tsagaan Gol river. Its lush valley is the summer pastureland of Tuvan camel herders accompanying us. A steep descent to the riverside and arrive to our campsite beside the rumbling river. Enjoy a well earned rest and socialize with other travelers who might be camping at the designated camp ground.
Day 7 Trek to the Holy Shiveet Mountain. Spot wild goats and Rock Carvings (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
Easy morning hike to visit a Tuvan family most likely that of one of the camel herders that had accompanied us during the previous days of trekking. Tuvans also known as Uriankhai is an ethnic group of Turkic origin that has historically been moving around southern Siberia. Traditionally these cattle herding nomads practiced shamanism – a worship of ancestral and natural spirits but today their belief is a strong blend with Tibetan Buddhism. We use the invitation to learn of their way of life and to taste food and drinks offered by the unwritten local rules. After the visit we hike to Mt.Shiveet and climb to its wide top with a goal of spotting wild mountain goats (Capra Sibirica). Seeing them is almost guaranteed but requires a bit of tracking and hiding. A less demanding hike around the base of the Holy mountain will allow you see more ancient rock art displaying fascinating scenes of hunting by distant residents of the Altai region. We return to our camp beside the mountain.
Day 8 Travel and explore Kazakh Culture (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)
We depart from the Tsagaan Gol valley drive to summer pasturelands of Kazakh herders. Among millions of Kazakhs living in different parts of the world Mongolian Kazakhs are seen as the bearers of authentic Kazakh culture and traditions which are different from that of Mongolians in many ways. We randomly “knock on the door” and visit local herding families to find out about these very differences, their stories and customs. We might be lucky to see their daily chores: tending animals, preparing food etc. Eventually we find a suitable place to camp and enjoy the last camping out in the wild.
Day 9 Drive to Ulgy Town (breakfast, dinner, hotel)
Getting back to Ulgy takes about 3 hours. However, along the way we stop at a Kazakh family that practices an ancient craft of hunting with Golden Eagles. The once nearly forgotten tradition had been preserved by Mongolia’s Kazakh minority and today it’s being actively revived with even women trying their luck in training eagles. Actual hunting is done in winter but still you may learn about the craft and feel the weight of the massive birds by holding them on your arm. We aim to return to Ulgy by lunchtime and settle in a cozy hotel. Time permitting you can walk the streets of the town that has a distinct Central Asian character, visit the town market and museum. A traditional Kazakh dinner accompanied by music and songs will be fitting final to your travels.
Day 10 Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar, Farewell Dinner (breakfast, dinner, hotel)
After breakfast transfer to Ulgy airport for flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. Nevertheless, you may consider doing more city visits or souvenir shopping as your guide will still be available on standby. In the evening gather for a farewell dinner.
Day 11 Departure (Breakfast)
Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
The above itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.
11 Days Mongolia Tavan Bogd Trek
Tour Code: MNG-TBT11
LAND Cost per person in SGD : $ 2580
Based on min 8 pax
Single supplement: + S$ 180
- All accommodation: hotel (3 nights), tent (8 nights)
- Complete camping & cooking equipment
- 2 nights in the city hotel accommodation with breakfasts
- Sleeping mattresses
- Indicated meals & drinking water
- All visits, sightseeing, national park and permit fees
- Overland transport
- Domestic airfare and airport transfers
- English speaking guide
- Expedition cook(s), Local guides (pack animal drivers)
- Pack animals
- Satellite phone for emergencies
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
Price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- International Air tickets+ taxes
- Personal belongings and expenses
- All personal items, clothing and trekking equipment, (headlamps, camera’s, personal toiletries, Sleeping bag, etc.)
- Excess baggage fee on domestic air travel (15kg luggage allowance per passenger including hand carry luggage. Excess baggage fee: 1kg costs 2.5USD)
- Tipping to the guides
- Drinks & Alcohol, Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Visa Fee (If required)