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Altai TavanBogd National Park Short Trek

The Altai region is a mountainous area located on the territory of Mongolia, Eastern Siberia, Kazakhstan and China.

The mountain peak at Altai TavanBogd is located at an altitude of 4374 meters, and it is the highest point above sea level in Mongolia and is called Khuiten.

Most scientists believe that the mountain name comes from the word “mountain with gold.”

The glaciers are located at an altitude of 3,500-4,000 meters above sea level. The largest glaciers are the Potanin Glacier, Alexander Glacier, Greny Glacier. They stretch 16 kilometers in length and are the source of the Tsagaan River. The five highest peaks of Altai TavanBogd mountain are Khuiten peak 4374 meters, Friendship peak 4082 meters, Herdsman peak 4037 meters, Eagle peak 4068 meters, and Ulgiy peak 4050 meters. In plpp1956, mountaineers of Mongolia conquered the Altai TavanBogd peak for the first time. Since then, more than 700 climbers have conquered these peaks and they have become the favorite peaks for domestic and foreign mountaineers.

In 1996, the National Reserve “Altai TavanBogd National Park” was founded and officially open. In the territory of the Altai Mountains Tavan-Bogd there are many lakes and rives Khoton Lake, Khurgan Lake, Dayan Lake, the river valley of the Khovd River, KharSalaa, Tsagaan-Salaa, Songinot, and Yolt. Most tourists come to see the Altai Tavan-Bogd mountains and national park, so we pass through the Tsagan-Gol river or the Oigor river to the camp we reach on foot, then walk up to the Malchin peak of the Altai Tavanbogd, then come to the camp of the ranger. This trip takes 5 days in total. It takes one day to drive to the mountains and one day to return with 3 days of hiking and climbing.

Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon your arrival at UlaanBataar airport, you will be met by our representative and, after checking in at the hotel, we will take you on a city sightseeing tour and for a welcome dinner. (Hotel/D)

Day 2 Ulaanbatar-Ulgii

We  will fly to Ulgii City, in the Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia, about a 3 hour flight. The population of this province is mostly Kazakh, with their own culture and language. At the airport you will be met your English-speaking guide, as well as your driver and expedition cook. Before lunch you will visit the town of Ulgii, seeing such sites as the local museum, the open air market, and the mosque. After lunch we will drive to TavnBogd (Five Peaks) National Park, TsagaanGol Valley.

The total trip will take about about 7 hours, with an overnight stay along the way in a tent camp (Tent/L/D).

Day 3 Hiking to the TavanBogd Base Camp

We will hike about 6 hours  to the base camp of TavanBogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels, handled by the local people, they are friendly and helpful. On the way you can see the ice peaks of Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. The base camp is at an elevation of 3000 m. (Tent/B/L/D)

Day 4 Climbing to Malchin Peak

After  breakfast we will start slowly walk for about an hour and then start climbing to Malchin Peak (4050 m), which is on the Mongolian side of the Russian border. Malchin Peak is the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks. It takes 6 to 7 hours to climb to the top of Malchin. Most of the climb will be on rocks, then back to camp to relax. (Tent/B/L/D)

Day 5 Return to the Oigor River (Oigor Valley)

Today we will hike back to the Oigor River valley, and meet the  drivers. (Tent/B/L/D)

Day 6 Return to Ulgii

We will say goodbye to our Tuvan friends and take the 7 hour drive back to Ulgii. On the way we will visit with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters. Tonight is our chance to sleep in a Kazakh yurt (ger), and we will celebrate the ascent with cold beers and a traditional Kazakh meal. Alternatively you can spend the night in our own guesthouse, Eagle’s Nest, with all modern comforts. (Ger or hotel/B/L/D)

Day 7 Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar

This morning we catch the return flight to Ulaanbataar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping. (Hotel/B/L/D)

Day 8 Depart from Ulaanbaatar Airport


  • All meals during the trip
  • All accommodations during the program
  • Transport with car including gasoline
  • Local guide
  • Cook
  • Camels and horses
  • Permits and fees for the national park
  • Visa support
  • Local flights Ulgii-UlaanBataar


  • International flights
  • Visa
  • 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”

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