12 Days Gem of Mongolia Trekking Tour

Kharkhiraa trekking

12 Days Gem of Mongolia Trekking Tour
Date: 12-23 June, 06-17 July 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Demanding
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Trekking in Far North West Mongolia – Mount Kharkhiraa Trek (12 Days with 8 Day of Trekking)

Trekking in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular experience as it takes you through permanently snow-capped mountains, glaciers, torrential rivers, lakes, sand dunes and wilderness of Mongolia has to offer. These summer treks are supported by camels as well as horses, covering a distance of about 120km and includes 2 high passes of 2930m and 2944m. Each trekker will carry a light pack with the day’s needs.

The trek is considered moderate with several deep river crossings which we will get a lift on horseback. The 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 Ulaangom Town & move to campsite. O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 3 Trek to Blue Lake (1795m). O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 4 Trek to Confluence of Kharkhiraa & Turgen Rivers (1860m). O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 5 Trek to Dund Khoroo MT (2330m). O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 6 Trek to Kharkhiraa River. O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 7 Exploration of Alpine Lakes. O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 8 Kharkhiraa Pass (2944m) Crossing – Ereesen valley (2688m). O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 9 Yamaat Pass (2959m) Crossing. O/N Tent (BLD)
Day 10 Last day trekking (15km) and transfer to Ulgii town. O/N Hotel (BLD)
Day 11 Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 12 Departure (B)

Itinerary

Day 1  Ulaanbaatar (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. The Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare statues of Buddhist deities and items of personal use of the 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 Ulaangom Town (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Morning transfer to airport for a 3 hours flight to Ulaangom town located in just 40km from lake Uvs, largest in Mongolia. Your guide will accompany you on board. Upon arrival we take one hour car transfer to Uliastai valley, the starting point of the trek. Here we establish our first tented camp and finalize arrangements with local camel herders who will accompany us with their beasts of burden during the trekking adventure ahead.

Day 3  Trek to Blue Lake (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

We start trekking by ascending the Uliastai pass (2410m) which will bring in to our view a fresh water alpine lake called the Blue Lake. Beyond the lake you will see rugged foothills of Kharkhiraa & Turgen peaks and their snow capped tops. After a picnic lunch we descend to the lake and trek along its shoreline until arriving to our camp site at 1795m above sea level. Our camel caravan will catch up with us soon after lunch and continue on to prepare camp and dinner. Such will be the routine for each trekking day. Tented overnight by the Blue Lake.

Day 4  Trek to Confluence of Kharkhiraa & Turgen Rivers (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

We curve around the lake, trek to the valley of Kharkhiraa river and continue along the riverside to its confluence with Turgen river. Both torrential rivers take source from vast glaciers of their namesake peaks. Each day we will need to cross mountain rivers and smaller streams. Across the deeper and faster ones you will be shuttled on horseback assisted by our camel drivers. Tonight we camp at Turgen river bank at 1860m above sea level. 50 meter high red rock cliffs on the opposite bank make an impressive backdrop to the campsite view.

Day 5  Trek to Dund Khoroo MT (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

It is an all day long ascent along the Kharkhiraa river at the end of which we will have gained almost 800 meters. The impressive red rock wall will continue alongside across the river. Rocky but well established trail steadily climbs up bringing more snowcapped peaks into our sight. A noticeable temperature drop can also be felt. Our camel caravan will be struggling harder to catch up with us. Tented overnight at 2330m above sea level. Time permitting we will visit one of the local herding families that graze their large flocks of sheep, goats and horses on the abundant alpine pastures.

Day 6  Trek to Kharkhiraa River (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

We continue trekking upstream along the Kharkhiraa river until arriving to its headspring. This is also the bottom of the main water dividing ridge. Several small streams are to be negotiated on foot.

Day 7  Exploration of Alpine Lakes (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Although staying in the same campsite we have a somewhat challenging exploration excursion to several alpine lakes nestled at the southern foothill of the Turgen massif. Those wishing can rest at the camp or take some smaller hikes in the area.

Day 8 Kharkhiraa Pass Crossing (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

The most challenging trekking day. We first ascend 2944meter high Kharkhiraa pass which is a small plateau surrounded by glaciers. Views of the Turgen and Kharkhiraa peaks aligned north to south open from the top. We then descend to Ereesen valley in Olon Nuur valley, literally meaning “valley of many lakes” and trek along its edges to keep on drier trails and camp at an altitude of 2688m above sea level.

Day 9 Yamaat Pass Crossing (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

We cross the Olon nuur valley, typical highland tundra with permafrost not deep below the surface and therefore abundance of water and marshes. We exit the Olon Nuur valley by ascending the 2959m Black Goat pass which marks the entrance to the Black Goat valley which is formed by two parallel ridges that extend from the Turgen peak. The lower slopes on both sides are densely forested. This is a home to the elusive Snow Leopard and wild mountain goat the former’s main prey. We descend in to the valley and trek for a good half day till reaching our campsite.

Day 10 Last day trekking (15km) and transfer to Ulgii town (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hotel)

We trek down the Black Goat valley After 15km the trek finishes. Here we part with our local guides and take car transfer (4-5 hours) to Ulgii town, home to the largest Muslim community of Mongolia. Dinner and overnight in a cozy local hotel.

Day 11 Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar (Breakfast, dinner, hotel)

This morning we catch a return flight to UB. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping and sight-seeing. Farewell dinner.

Day 12  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.

12 Days Gem of Mongolia Trekking Tour – Mt Kharkhiraa
Tour Code: MNG-GMT12
LAND Cost per person in SGD : $ 2950
Based on Min 8 pax
Single supplement: + S$ 200

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation: hotel (3 nights), tent (8 nights)
  • Complete camping & cooking equipment
  • 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
  • English speaking guide
  • 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, etc.), sleeping bag
  • Excess baggage fee on domestic air travel (15kg p.p. including hand carry luggage
    free of charge on domestic flights. 1kg of excess costs 2.5USD)
  • Tipping to the guides
  • Meals not indicated, Drinks & Alcohol
  • Visa Fees (if required)