Posted July 19th, 2011 by oitravel
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Mongolia’s Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain Trek

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Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Welcome to Mongolia’s capital, the magnificent Ulaanbaatar.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)
You’ll start your day at the Gandan Khiid monastery and then move on to the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii – Sagsai River (B, L, D)
Fly off to Ulgii, the center of Bayan-Ulgii Aimag in the far west of the country, and visit the Sagsai River. There you’ll meet the Kazakh Eagle hunters and their family, and enjoy an evening of Kazakh Cultural programs.

Day 4: Khurgan Lake – Khoton Lake – Zagastain River (B, L, D)
Drive along the edge of the Khurgan and Khoton lakes and set up camp at the Zagastain River, where you’ll visit with Kazakh families in their summer camp.

Day 5 – 6: Tsagaan Us Valley – Baavgait (B, L, D) Approximately 15-20 km, 9-12 mi per day
Set off on your hike to Tsagaan Usny Gol (White Water) Valley of the Altai Mountains. Traveling by horse, camel and on foot, you’ll hike to the Shiveet Khairkhan and the Tavan Bogd.

Day 7: Takhilt Pass (B, L, D) Approximately 15-18 km, 9-11 mi
The path rises as you hike over the Takhilt Mountain. When you descend, you’ll hike along the Khar Salaanii Valley and visit Kazakh and Tuva families, and finally end up at the Salaanii River, a white water river flowing from the Potanin Glacier.

Day 8: Shiveet Khairkhan (B, L, D) Approximately 20 km, 12 mi
Continue hiking on Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, where you’ll enjoy the view of the Altai Mountains and Potanin’s Glacier.

Day 9 – 10: Shiveet khairkhan – Potanin Glacier – Malchin Peak (B, L, D) Approximately 15-20 km, 9-12 mi per day, 13,241 ft.
The last day of linear hiking, you’ll reach the Tavan Bogd, the highest peak is Khuiten. You’ll set up camp in the foothills of Malchin Peak.

Day 11: Potanin Glacier – Khonog Tolgoi (B, L, D) Approximately 9 km, 5.5 mi
Put on your crampons, and with ice ax in hand, you’ll hike along Potanin’s Glacier until you reach Khonog Tolgoi and prepare for the next morning’s ascent.

Day 12: Mt. Khuiten (14,333 ft) or Mt. Nairamdal (13,389 ft) (B, L, D) Approximately 15-20 km, 9-12 mi
Setting off early, you’ll climb to Mt. Khuiten or Mt. Nairamdal utilizing an ice ax, crampons and ropes. From the top, you’ll see the expansive views of China, Russia and parts of the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain Ranges.

Day 13: Shiveet Khairkhan (B, L, D) Approximately 15-20 km, 9-12 mi
Hike back to Shiveet Khairkhan to meet your drivers and while at camp, enjoy a Mongolian feast to celebrate your climbing trip!

Day 14: Ulgii – Khovd River (B, L, D)
Driving back, you’ll set up camp outside of Ulgii on the banks of the Khovd River.

Day 15: Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar for a stay at the Tuul Riverside Lodge. This evening, enjoy a special Mongolian barbecue dinner known as “Khorkhog” and a Mongol horse rider’s show and bonfire.

Day 16: Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)
Visit the cashmere factory and the Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum in Ulaanbaatar, and then enjoy a cultural Folklore Show and a farewell dinner.

Day 17: Departure (B)
Time to depart. Bon Voyage!