Short trekking in Mongolia

Short trekking in Mongolia

Short trekking itinerary that you can do in western Mongolia

This is an amazing trek in western corner of Mongolia where it is bordering with China from its south and with Russia from its north. This area is Altai mountains. The place where we will do trekking is less traveled by people. It’s hard to get there by car or jeep. So, we will pack camels for our all stuff, and will start walking through breathtaking landscapes where Kazakh and Tuvan nomads spend their summer!

Short trekking itinerary:


Arrive in Ulgii and drive to white river valley

Arrive in Ulgii (capital of Bayan-Ulgii province). Same day start driving to Altai Tavan Bogd national park and do camping in ‘White river valley” next to Tuvan nomadic families.


Trekking to the Glacier

Early morning after breakfast your horse guide will bring you horses, so you start horse riding from that gate towards base camp of Tavan Bogd mountains. After 17km of horse riding you will reach 20km long Potanin Glacier which is surrounded with Five holly peaks of Mongolia. You will have best view to glacier and even you can walk on it. You will camp just next to that glacier!


Hiking up to Malchin Uul

After breakfast your guide will guide you to 5th highest peak of Mongolia Malchin peak which is more than 4000 meters high from the sea level. you can easily be on the top of that peak where you will have full view to Russia and completely snow capped white mountains of Kazakhstan’s and Chinese Altai.


White river valley and Tuvan families

Start trekking back to the same gate of Altai Tavan Bogd national park. Have rest, relax and camp over there.


Back to Ulgii & Eagle hunter's family

Start driving back to Ulgii town. On your way stop to see “Dear Stones” (rocks with face of human) or Bal-Bals. arrive in Ulgii. Have hot shower at your Hotel room. Dinner at one of local restaurant. During the dinner time you will be enjoying Kazakh traditional folk concert (live music).


Departure day

Catch a plane to Ulaanbaatar 🙂 


What to expect to see?

  • Pure and breathtaking beautiful nature
  • Unusual different life of people
  • Meet nomadic lifestyle
  • Learn different traditions
  • Be on top of 4th highest mountain in Mongolia
  • See Kazakh traditional concert
  • Visit Eagle hunters
  • See hunting eagles
  • isit traditional real Ger (Yurt)
  • Do horse riding with nomads
  • Do trekking
  • Do hiking
  • Walking on the glacier

Please note:

We can include domestic airline tickets and other expenses in Ulaanbaatar according to your wishes and manage theme for you. Please do not hesitate to ask if you will have more questions about the tour and we will be very happy to help! 

Price includes:

  • Driver & Van + Gasoline
  • Translator guide
  • All cooking
  • All meals and snacks
  • All lodging + Hotel room or gusethouse
  • All camping equipment
  • Horses
  • Camels (For equipment transportation)
  • Professional horse guide

Price excludes:

  • Any plane tickets
  • Any insurances
  • Any expenses in Ulaanbaatar



Mongolia has large enough selection of vegetables so you can travel in Mongolia with now worries and with no problems. Many Mongolian touristic destinations and attractions are located not in the town so before you travel out of the town or city make sure that you will have enough food with you that will last until you are back in nearest town. If you are travelling with local tour agency or with local tour company make sure that you did let them know before you arrive or meet them so they can start managing this for you before your arrival.

In Mongolia has the only international airport in Ulaanbaatar city which is the capital of Mongolia. There are no other places with international airports. So after you arrive in Ulaanbaatar you will need to take flight to other provinces or destinations. So there are two other domestic airlines that you can catch to get to Ulgii. One is Hunnu Air ( and another one is Aero Mongolia (

In summer in western Mongolia is very hot during the day time. Some days might be windy and some days rainy. Average temperature is between +18 to +25 while you are traveling in low areas around the towns. But if you will go traveling on the mountain in Altai Tavan Bogd national part it is more colder there. Weather changes often as it can stay warm and sunny and after few hours there can be windy, rainy and start even snow in some areas and after few hours there can be sunny and warm again. So be prepared for any weather conditions while you are traveling in western Mongolian national park. Inside the national park is between +20 and +10 during the daytime. And during the night time it is between +14 and +7. Weather condition is also different in those areas depending on its altitudes.

Western Mongolian “Altai Tavan Bogd” national park is highest point of all Mongolia. Elevation of lowest areas around 1,710 m and highest is around 4,374 m. “Tavan Bogd Mountain” are 5 highest peaks of Mongolia. Khuiten peak is highest point of Mongolia 4,374 m, Nairamdal peak 4,180 m, Burged peak 4,068, Malchin peak 4,050 and Olgii peak 4,050. Malchin peak is easy accessible point where you can hike without any special equipment. Easy to get on its top and it has a beautiful views to Russian mountains and Altai mountain range.

Normally in the camping tours in western Mongolia no shower facilities are available. If you want it during your tour and want to include you can discuss it with tour agency and can do extra payment and include it in your tour. So they can carry small standing special tent for that and you can take shower during your tour. You can heat water for shower on gas-stove.

There are toilets that look like camping toilets but normally people prepare go to the nature around. Again as a camping shower by discussing with travel agency you can take portable camping toilet for the tour if you think it is required for you.

There are no problems with wifi while you are in the city or in the towns. When you are travelling out of the town there are no wifi and in most places even don’t have a mobile reception as well. So before you go on tour make sure that you have sent all your important e-mails and have notified all people that you needed.

General packing list
  • Backpack
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Spare batteries for cameras
  • Medications if they needed
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Wool jumper
  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sandals
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block cream

Domestic plane tickets between Ulaanbaatar and ulgii you can buy here:

Domestic plane schedule for 2019 will be announced at the end of march 2019.