Circling Mongol Altai, summer tour, June - August


Tour Fee : 1450$

Tour Date : 2019-06-01 00:00

Booking Deadline : 2019-05-01 00:00

Travel : Overland tour combined with hiking

Tour status : Open

Group size : min 1 pax , max 16 pax

Summer is the warmest season in Mongolia. The best season to travel to Mongolia. Rivers and lakes the most affluent. The beginning of summer the most beautiful time of the year. Steppe green (grass not yet burnt out from the sun), and livestock gain weight and fat. In Mongolia, summer lasts about 90 days from June to August. The hottest month is July. The average temperature during this period most of the territory, +20 degrees, in the South to 25 degrees.

Nomads maybe are considered to be professional travelers due to their lifestyle. Golden Eagle Tours invite you to hang around with these generous and hospitable people. They change the place of their living almost every 3 months. They are used to moderate weather and rich natural resources. This cohabitation with nature is the reason of their generosity and simplicity. Their tented yurt like houses are open to guests like their hearts. Mongolian nomads are so hospitable and offer you their delicious cuisine and natural products. If you want to visit these kind hosts, try Golden Eagle Tours. Free people, well- adapted to the nature rules, are perfect story tellers. Stories about their bravery, conquering the nature and challenges to dealing with. For city folks who are used to hustle and bustle of cities, sleeping in tent, and going to sleep while gazing at starry and clear sky would be amazing. 

Route: Ulaanbaatar - Olgii - Tsagaan gol river - Base camp - Malchin peak - Tsagaan gol river - Shiveet Khairkhan petroglyphs - Khoton lake - Baga Turgen valley - Baga Turgen's waterfall - Dayan lake - Eagle Hunter - Tsengel Khairkhan - Sagsai - Olgii - Ulaanbaatar

Distance: 600km by car, 60km trekking

Altitude: 1800m - 4050m above sea level.

Weather: +15C to +22C

Available: June – August

Day 1: 

Arrive to Ulaanbaatar - Terelj national park

Arrive to Chinggis International airport of Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar, upon arrival transfer to Red Rock resort in Terelj National Park. 64km, 2h drive.  Terelj offers wondrous exotic granite rock sightseeing with beautiful bush valleys in between and surrounding gorgeous landscapes. Visit Turtle Rock and Aryabal Temple. After dinner, retire early to bed to ease fatigue from long haul flights.

Day 2: 

Terelj – Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex - Terelj

Today we will make a day trip to the tallest horseman statue in the world, dedicated to legendary Mongolian emperor – Chinggis or Genghis Khan, and see as far-sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. It is 40 meters tall in total. At the base of the statue, you’ll find a museum, exhibition hall, restaurant, bar, conference hall and a souvenir shop. After lunch we will visit the 13th Century Park. This theme park shows you the real treasures of the Mongolia Empire in fascinating experience.  Overnight at the Red Rock resort and hotel. 

Day 3: 

Ulaanbaatar – Olgii – Tsagaan gol valley (2.5h flight)  

Early morning transfer to airport at 06.30am catch a flight to Olgii. Upon arrival transfer by car to Tsagaan gol valley in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. It is 200km. Approximately 7 hrs of driving.  We will pass through Ulaankhus and Tsengel villages. En route to Tsagaan gol stop at Deer Stones Monuments and follow up driving alongside of the White Water River till the Ranger’s station at 2500m. Tsagaan gol the name is comes from after white sands of Potanin glacier where the riverhead is. Camping by tent.

Day 4: 

Tsagaan gol valley– Base camp

Hiking to the Base camp of Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains. It will take 6 hrs to get there. 16km. We’ll use camel support to bring our camping equipment to the Base of Altai at 3000m.  Tavan Bogd means The Holy Five referring to the five highest peaks, of which Huiten Uul is the highest in Mongolia, 4374 meters above sea level. The other peaks are Nairamdal (Friendship) at 4180m, Olgii (Craddle) at 4113m, Bürged (Eagle) at 4068m, and Malchin (herder) at 4050m. Enjoy a stunning view of Massif Altai Mountains while hiking. Camping by tent.

Day 5: 

Malchin peak (4050m)

The trek up to Malchin Peak is on rocky terrain and will take about 4-5hrs one way. From base camp, the trek is along side the Potanin Glacier, after 1 hr of hike, we will arrive at the foothill of Malchin. The terrain starts will gradual mixed rock with scree, and gets steeper at about 3,300m.  The trek is non technical but will require determination to enjoy a spectacular view from the top as northern side is Russia and 3km to Chinese border. Camping by tent.

Day 6: 

Base camp – Tsagaan gol valley

After a quick exploration of Potanin glacier we will be hiking back to the Tsagaan gol valley where group will be hosted by at nomadic Tuvan family. We will experience nomadic culture, daily lifestyle and hospitality of the Tuvan people and try bow shooting. Enjoy traditional meal Boodog for a dinner with the family. 16km. Overnight in ger /yurt/. 

Day 7: 

Tsagaan gol valley - Shiveet Khairkhan - lake Khoton nuur

Drive to UNESCO World Heritage of Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai at the bottom of the Shiveet Khairkhan. It is a sacred mountain where the Tuvans worship and rich in wilds such us Ibex, wild sheep. The numerous rock carvings and funerary monuments found in these three sites illustrate the development of culture in Mongolia over a period of 12,000 years. Get to the northern side of the lake which is dry and have open views for snow capped Altai Mountains. 165km. Camping by tent.

Day 8: 

Khoton lake - Baga Turgen’s Waterfall

Khoton and Khurgan lakes are located in an intermountain tectonic depression in the northern part of Mongol Altai mountain range and joined by a 3 km long and 100-150 m wide channel called Sirgali. We will cross the bridge from the channel and drive to Baga Turgen’s waterfall. The height of the waterfall is 15m and located in the Baga Turgen valley. We will visit a nomadic Kazakh family and stay in the Kazakh ger. Try dairy products and experience their nomadic way of life. 36km. Stay overnight at ger /yurt/. 

Day 9: 

Baga Turgen valley – Eagle Hunter

Heading to the eastern part of the national park we will visit Eagle hunter’s family near lake Dayan nuur. 56km. Eagle hunting is one of the most endangered cultural traditions in the world today. The practice was listed by UNESCO as a living cultural heritage in 2010. We will visit one of this Eagle hunter’s family according to their availability of which in this area. You can have your picture taken holding the eagle on your hand and learn some experiences of hunting with eagle.  Overnight in ger. 

Day 10: 

Eagle Hunter – Olgii city

Today we’ll return to Olgii driving through lake Khar Nuur and Sagsai village. Approximately 6 hours of driving. 180km. See viewpoint of Olgii and visit local handy craft shops as well as local market Bazar. In the evening we will stay at a local tourist camp in Olgii and will enjoy a small concert by the local folk song singers with their traditional instrument.

Day 11: 

Olgii city- Ulaanbaatar (2.5h flight)

Transfer to airport. Board a domestic flight back to Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar, upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon will go on city tour visiting Mongolian National Museum, Sukhbaatar square. Later, tour members may opt to visit the State Department Store for last minute souvenir shopping. At 6pm-7pm we will visit Tumen Ekh National Song and Dance Ensemble after that enjoy a Mongolian cuisine at restaurant.

Day 12:  Airport

Departure to International flight at Chinggis Khaan International airport.



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