Transportation by jeep, camel, on horseback
Due to the vast expanse of land in Mongolia the infrastructure is not developed, and traveling by road takes a lot of time. Tourists who go to the Bayan-Ulgii province, usually visit Altai Tavan-Bogd National park, Lake Khoton-Khurgan, and Lake Dayan, to see the ancient hieroglyph and petroglyphs, and the ancient stone man sculptures. They may also spend a few days staying with a family of nomadic sheperds to get acquainted with the ancient culture of Kazakh eagle hunters. The best way to visit those places is to travel by jeep as it also allows you to explore local sights, and to photograph the people, and their animals.
Our jeep tours are available and can be conducted by English-speaking translators, guides, and experienced drivers who are experts about the region, local culture, and language. The crew also includes chefs who are experienced in cooking for tourists.
The territory of the Western region of Mongolia is very rocky, roads are difficult to access, so the Russian cars UAZ-469, mini vans /UAZ-452/, and Toyota Landcruisers are best suited to Mongolian roads.
Depending on the number of tourists, the trips are usually carried out by two jeeps, one carrying passengers, the other one carries necessary luggage, and other equipment including kitchen appliances.
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
• All meals during the trip
• All accommodations during the program
• Transport with car including gasoline
• Local guide
• Camels and horses
• Permits and fees for the national park
• Visa support
• Local flights Ulgii-UlaanBataar
• International flights
• Travel insurance
• Charges for excess baggage
• Airport taxes
• Individual equipment
• Drinks and extra charges in hotels and inns
• All alcoholic drinks
• All costs not specified in “Included”
You will fly to Ulgii City, in the Bayan-Ulgii province of Western Mongolia. The majority of the population of this region is Kazakh, with their own culture and own language. At the local airport, you’ll meet your English-speaking guide, driver and expedition cook. Today we’ll drive to Dayan Lake, on the way we will see the ancient Deer Stones and Balbal Stones, 6th to 8th century Turkish burial markers. And before diner we will catch up with our Nomadic Kazakh family. We will stay overnight in a Kazakh Ger, with one of the families or tent. (/L.D) 150km
Spend a day around the lake Dayan. The landscape around the lakes is stunning, with forests and snow-capped mountains. (Tent/B/L/D)
Today we’ll drive to Khoton and Khurgan Lakes, stopping for lunch on the way, and spending the night at the camping site on Biluut Hill. Here you will find ancient rock carvings of Turkic origin, 1500-2000 years old. Khoton and Khurgan lakes are second largest and clearest of all lakes in the Mongolia, the average depth is 26 m, the maximum depth is approximately 58 m, Khoton lake has one Iceland which is covered by woods, the system of Khoton lake and Khurgan lakes connected by wide channel. The landscape around the lakes is very beautiful and picturesque surrounded by snow-capped mountains. 90km (Tent /B/L/D)
Drive to White River Valley. We will have a chance to visit Tuvan people, who are a separate ethnic and cultural group within Mongolia, live a nomadic life, and practice Shamanism. About 200km ( Tent /B/L/D)
Today we will hike 18km to the base camp of the TavanBogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels and their Tuvan handlers who are very friendly and helpful. En route, from 5-6 km away we will see Potanin and Alexander Glaciers, as well as ice peaks. Base camp is 3,000 m. Camel support. (Tent /B/L/D)
Climb to Malchin Peak, 4050 m. This peak, the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks, is on the Mongolia and Russian border. The climb takes 6 to 7 hours, all the way to the top of Malchin. Back in camp after the climb, we’ll relax! (Tent /B,L,D)
Free day for the customers to take a rest and enjoy with wonderfull mountain view and Glacier exploration. It is possible to hike to the Russian and the Mongolian border pole.
Hike north to the Oigor River. Passenger cars arrive from White river valley. Camel support. (Tent /B/L/D)
We drive back to Olgii. Afternoon do some arts and crafts shopping. Overnight you can stay either in our own Ger Camp or at hotel, and take a good hot shower. 170km (Ger or Hotel/B/L/D)
Return flight to Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel/B)
Day 11 Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B)