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!

We invite you to visit western Mongolian most remote villages where China, Russia, and Kazakhstan are just a stone’s throw away. We invite you to experience people who live differently than you do. Thanks to their austere and rusting reality they have acquired a kind of freedom that not everyone is able to handle. Being with them you become different too as if you were living another life.

Itinerary for “Short trekking in Mongolia”

1st Day

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 the ‘White river valley” next to Tuvan nomadic families.

1st Day
2nd Day

Horse riding to Glacier

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

2nd Day
3rd Day

Hiking up to Malchin uul

After breakfast, your guide will guide you to the 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 a full view of Russia and completely snow-capped white mountains of Kazakhstan’s and Chinese Altai.

3rd Day
4th Day

White river valley and Tuvan families

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

4th Day
5th Day

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).

5th Day
6th Day

Departure day

Catch a plane to Ulaanbaatar 🙂

6th Day

What do I expect to see?

  • Authentic nomadic lifestyle
  • Pure and breathtakingly beautiful nature
  • Visit Eagle hunter
  • Visit traditional Yurt (Ger)
  • An unusual different life of people
  • Horse riding on Altai mountain
  • Learn different traditions
  • Be on top of 4th highest mountain in Mongolia
  • Do trekking, Do hiking.
  • Walking on the glacier
  • Experience Kazakh folk music

Frequently Asked Questions:

Mongolia has a large enough selection of vegetables so you can travel in Mongolia with no 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 the nearest town. If you are traveling with a local tour agency or with a 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.

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 a 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 (www.hunnuair.com) and another one is Aero Mongolia (www.aeromongolia.mn).

In summer in western Mongolia is very hot during the day time. Some days might be windy and some days rainy. The 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 colder there. Weather changes often as it can stay warm and sunny and after a few hours there can be windy, rainy and start even snow in some areas and after a 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. The weather condition is also different in those areas depending on its altitudes.

Western Mongolian “Altai Tavan Bogd” national park is the 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 the 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 to access point where you can hike without any special equipment. Easy to get on its top and it has beautiful views of Russian mountains and the 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 a tour agency and can do extra payment and include it on your tour. So they can carry a small standing special tent for that and you can take shower during your tour. You can heat water for a shower on gas-stove.

There are toilets that look like camping toilets but normally people prepare to go to nature around. Again as a camping shower by discussing with a travel agency you can take a 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 traveling out of the town there is 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 the people that you needed.