Imagine your Mongolian Adventures in the western part of Mongolia, the high and spectacular Altai Mountain. Exploring the unique culture of western Mongolia, beautiful Hoton and Hurgan lakes and five Saints, many of them are gapped with perennial snow and are surrounded by glaciers. And much more to discover.
01 June – 01 October
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Ulaanbaatar City, the unique culture of western Mongolia, beautiful Hoton and Hurgan lakes, Mongolia’s highest mountain Altai and five summits which are the source of the massive glacier.
Travel length & Availability
01 June – 01 October & 11 days
The tour length can be shortened or extended depending on your preference. For more details, please contact our travel experts.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a fine restaurant. Overnight at hotel. Half and full day tours are available on request.
Day 2. Western Mongolia / Ulgii and Sagsai 40 km
After and breakfast at the hotel, your adventure to western Mongolia begins by an early flight to Ulgii, the provincial capital of Bayan- Ulgii province. After arrival in Ulgii, refreshing time at the hotel and a day tour to Sagsai, located around 40 km from Ulgiy to meet the eagle hunter’s family. The Kazakhs still practice one of Asia’s oldest arts, using of eagles for hunting. Return to the province capital and spend the night at the local hotel.
Day 3. Western Mongolia / Hoton and Hurgan lakes 270 km
After having breakfast, drive towards the beautiful lakes Hoton and Hurgan. Hoton Lake is a glacial lake with pure and fresh water. Its altitude is 2,084 meters, length 21 km, width 6 km, and maximum depth – 58 meters. Some ten rivers flow directly into the lake. The Sargaal Channel connects Lake Hoton Nuur with Lake Hurgan Nuur. These lakes provide the source to the largest river of Mongolian Altai – the Khovd River. Have picnic lunch on the way and reach the Kazakh family late afternoon. Discover the unique life of the nomad family and stay overnight in ger.
Day 4. Western Mongolia / Hoton Hurgan Lakes
Have a hike on the banks of Hoton and Hurgan lakes. On the right bank of the Lake Hoton, the largest forest with larch trees of Altai Mountains are located. There are many archaeological monuments on the banks of Hoton and Hurgan Lake. Picnic lunch in the untouched nature and enjoy the day around the lakes. Dinner with the family and spend the night in the tent under thousands of the stars.
Day 5. Western Mongolia / Tsagaan Gol in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
This day the tour continues to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park sits in remote western Mongolia, bordering China and Russia. It is home to the towering, jagged Tavan Bogd Mountains, the highest of which is Huiten Peak. Nearby is the massive Potanin Glacier. After driving through the mountain range, arrive at the beginning of the National Park of Tsagaan Gol. The source of the river Tsagaan Gol is in the glaciers Grene, Alexandra and Musen-Gol Potanin of the Tavan-Bogd-Uul mountains. The river flows to the south through open and wide valley. As the river Tsagan-Gol is dependent on snow, during the summer the glaciers melt, and the melted water resembles more like a white milk towering down. Stay in tent.
Day 6. Western Mongolia / Altai Tavan Bogd
The adventure of the day begins after breakfast by horse riding. The Khuiten Uul Base Camp (3092m) offers stunning views of all the five peaks as well as the 12km-long Potanii Glacier, which tumbles out of the range. It’s possible to walk onto the glacier. Lunch at the base camp.
The snow-capped Kuiten Uul Mountain, 4374 m, is the highest of the five peaks of Tavan Bogd Mountains where the park lends its name. Stay in tent.
Day 7. Western Mongolia / Tsagaan Gol
By horse, go back to Tsagaan Gol. After arrival at Tsagaan Gol the afternoon is at your free disposal. Stay in tent.
Day 8. Western Mongolia / Shiveet Hairhan
The tour to Shiveet Hairhan (3350m), and its surrounding valleys contain some fascinating petroglyphs depicting wild animals and hunting scenes. Enjoy the whole day in the untouched nature. Stay in the tent under the blue sky.
Day 9. Western Mongolia / Ulgii
After your adventure in Altai Tavan Bogd, drive back to Ulgiy, the center of the predominantly Kazakh region of Mongolia. As inhabited by the Kazakh ethnic, Kazakh is the primary language spoken in Ulgii. The city is home to at least four mosques. The city is known for its Kazakh embroidery, art, and Kazakh music. After arrival, have lunch in a restaurant and have a refreshing time in the local hotel. In the afternoon visit the local mosque, museum and market. Stay at the local hotel.
Day 10. Ulaanbaatar
Have breakfast and fly back to Ulaanbaatar City. Have lunch in a Mongolian buffet restaurant where you can create your own stir fry bowls and barbeques. Check into the hotel and have some refreshing time. Visit National History Museum and Sukhbaatar square which covers the spot where Mongolia’s independence was proclaimed in 1921. Enjoy a colorful Mongolian Folklore concert in the evening and have a farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 11. Departure
After breakfast check out of hotel and transfer to the Railway Station or Airport for your international departure.