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Cultural & Natural Tours

The legacy of the great Khaans, nomadic way of life, and Buddhist heritage are the touchstones of our culture. Our various cultural expeditions are designed to give you a full understanding of the local culture. From meeting steppe nomads of central Mongolia, visiting the homes of Reindeer herders in the north, to trekking along the peaks of stunning Altai Mountains with Kazakh eagle hunters, you can experience the full breadth of Mongolian culture and landscapes. Our cultural journey are carefully selected for a balanced and holistic journey that blends nature, culture, and heritage together. 

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Western Altai expedition

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Length: 13days/12nights

Tour grade: Moderate-demanding

Group size: 2-14people

Potential period: June-September

 

Highlights:

  • Adventures in the Altai Mountains: Horseback riding, trekking, and driving across rocky mountains with an elevation of 2500 meters above sea level
  • Meet various ethnic groups, including the Kazakh eagle hunters
  • View the tallest mountain of Mongolia, glaciers, and ancient rock paintings
  • Cross-cultural experiences with our friendly tour team
  • Natural beauty of majestic Altai Mountains, Ancient Rock painting, Khoomei-throat singing, Cross cultural experience, Friendly and professional team.

 

Tour info
Altai is the largest mountain range in Mongolia. Stretching 900 kilometers across the western region from Bayan-Olgii to Khovd province, the Mongol Altai consists of over 20 snow-capped peaks that reach up to 4000 meters above sea level. The Altai Mountain discovery tour provides you  the opportunity to explore the Altai region’s ethnic diversity and natural beauty. There are over seventeen ethnic groups living in this region as well numerous animal species including theArgali wild sheep, ibex, snow leopard and lynx. As a participant in this tour, you will experience different cultures and embark on exciting adventures.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. Ulaangom
Day 3. Turgen Mountains 
Day 4. Trekking in Turgen mountains
Day 5. Ulgii town
Day 6. Dayan Lake
Day 7. Deluun soum
Day 8. Upper Bulgan
Day 9. Uyench valley canyon
Day 10. Gurvan Tsenkher cave
Day 11. Khovd
Day 12. Ulaanbaatar
Day 13. Departure

 

 

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and meet our guide and driver. Transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon short city tour in Ulaanbaatar city: visit Sukhbaatar Square, Chinggis Khaan monument, National Museum of Mongolian History, and visit Zaisan Memorial for Panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. In the evening, enjoy Mongolian folklore performance. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2. Ulaangom
Flight to Ulaangom the central town of the Uvs province which is the located north half of the Mongolia. Short sightseeing in the town visiting local museum and black market.  Overnight at local hotel.

Day 3. Turgen Mountains 
Drive to trekking camp which is located 100 km from Ulaangom. The camp area is surrounded by snow capped peaks of Turgen Mountains. Sunset over Tsagaan Shuvuut, Kharkhiraa Mountains area is the amazing. 

Day 4. Trekking in Turgen mountains
Day for trekking in the Turgen Mountains, to the north from camp and visit local herder families from Khoton and Durvud ethnics. Return to the camp and relax.

Day 5. Ulgii town
Drive to Ulgii town center of Bayan-Ulgii province where majority of Kazakh people lives. Visit Local museum and market. Overnight at local hotel.

Day 6. Dayan Lake 
Drive to the Dayan lake which is creation moraine activity fed by small rivers and snowmelt. On the way view Dayan lake deer stone monuments and some ancient burial mounds . Overnight at tent.

Day 7. Deluun soum
Drive top the Deluun soum in the Altai mpuntains of Bayan-Ulgii province. The most population of the area is Khazah people and some Uriankai people lives.  Overnight at tented camping. 

Day 8. Upper Bulgan 
Drive to The area is best summer camp for nomads from Bulgan, Altai, Uyench and Upper Bulgan soums. Natural beauty and good pasture of the area attracts many different ethnic groups of herders there.  Along this area, you can visit Torguud, Zakhchin, Uriankhai and other ethnic families. Overnight at tented camping.

Day 9. Uyench valley canyon 
Drive to Uyench valley canyon which is surrounded high mountains.   On the way the Red Pass of Altai, which is famous, its challengeable height of 2900 meters above sea level. Overnight at tented camping

Day 10. Gurvan Tsenkher cave 
Drive to Gurvan Tsenkher Cave in Mankhan soum of Khovd aimag. There are two caves both facing to the north in slope of small rocky mountain, which stands on the Khoid Tsentser River. The cave is 20m deep and inhabited by humans 40.000 – 12.000 years ago. The wall of the cave filled with rock paintings from Paleolithic era. Overnight at GER camp.

Day 11. Khovd 
Drive to Khovd town, built up by the Manchus, was the seat of power for western Mongolia during the reign of the Qin dynasty. Khovd province was an important frontier outpost for the Manchus. Drive to Ger camp and overnight ger camp.

Day 12. Ulaanbaatar 
Take flight to Ulaanbaatar.In the afternoon you are enjoying more relaxing time in the city and have shopping opportunities to cashmere and souvenir shops. Overnight in the hotel. Relax at the hotel.

Day 13. Departure 
Check out the hotel and transfer to airport or train station. Tour ends.

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Included

  • 4 star hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar for 2 nights shared room
  • Local hotel accommodation for 2nights
  • Tented camping expanse for  9 nights
  • Full boarding
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Local trekking guide
  • Transportation by Russian van in Altai, Japanese van or bus in Ulaanbaatar
  • Domestic flight to/from Ulgii
  • Camel or horse to carry luggage in mountains
  • Sightseeing entrance fee
  • National park tax
  •  Cook and kitchen equipments

Excluded

  • International airfare transportation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal nature expanses
  • Any additional not mentioned above