GEM OF MONGOLIA TREKKING TOUR

OVERVIEW

A classical trekking tour in Kharkhiraa and Turgen mountain massif in north western Mongolia, a spectacular region of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, torrential rivers, saline and freshwater lakes. Locked out from the rest of the country the area's animal and plant life is unique. The trek route runs across alpine meadows, rugged mountain sides and 3000m high passes from top of which there open expansive views of mountains and deserts beyond them. Ethnic Durvud people accompany throughout the trek with their camels transporting food and camp. Except for just one all trek days are suitable for trekkers of average level of fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unplug yourself from modern life
  • Enjoy tranquility of Kharkhiraa and Turgen mountains
  • Soak in the beauty of pristine nature
  • See wild flower carpeting the ground
  • Meet Durvud and Khoton ethnic group nomads
  • Experience nomadic way of life
  • Feel atmosphere of modern Ulaanbaatar

 

| Price range: 1,609 USD - 2,994 USD
| Dates: 2019 , 2020
| Difficulty rating: Moderate to Demanding

DAY 1: Arrival to Ulaanbaatar, guided city tour

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar, guided city tour Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia and transfer to a centrally located 4 star hotel. Afternoon guided city tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city: the Gandan Temple - city's main Buddhist center, the central city square with a grand statue of Genghis Khan and the Zaisan Memorial, an elevated hill on the city's edge providing a panoramic view of UB. Then choose to visit one or two museums from the following: National Museum introducing Mongolia's history from early humans to modern era, Dinosaur Museum with a unique collection of dinosaur fossils, Choijin Lama or State Oracle Residence-museum displaying best samples of Buddhist artwork and religious masks. The Winter palace of Bogd Khan showcasing rare statues of Buddhist deities and items of personal use of the last theocratic ruler of Mongolia is also worth considering. An evening folk show of music, throat singing and contortion will be followed by a welcome dinner.
(Dinner, hotel)

DAY 2: Flight to Ulaangom town

Morning transfer to UB to airport for a 3 hours flight to Ulaangom town located in just 40km from lake Uvs, largest in Mongolia. Your guide will accompany you on board. Upon arrival we take one hour car transfer to Uliastai valley, the starting point of the trek. Here we establish our first tented camp and finalize arrangements with local camel herders who will accompany us with their beasts of burden during the trekking adventure ahead. Overnight in tents. 
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 3: Trek to Blue Lake

We start trekking by ascending the Uliastai pass (2410m) which will bring in to our view a fresh water alpine lake called the Blue Lake. Beyond the lake you will see rugged foothills of Kharkhiraa & Turgen peaks and their snow capped tops. After a picnic lunch we descend to the lake and trek along its shoreline until arriving to our camp site at 1795m above sea level. Our camel caravan will catch up with us soon after lunch and continue on to prepare camp and dinner. Such will be the routine for each trekking day. Tented overnight by the Blue Lake.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 4: Trek to confluence of Kharkhiraa & Turgen rivers

We curve around the lake, trek to the valley of Kharkhiraa river and continue along the riverside to its confluence with Turgen river. Both torrential rivers take source from vast glaciers of their namesake peaks. Each day we will need to cross mountain rivers and smaller streams. Across the deeper and faster ones you will be shuttled on horseback assisted by our camel drivers. Tonight we camp at Turgen river bank at 1860m above sea level. 50 meter high red rock cliffs on the opposite bank make an impressive backdrop to the campsite view. Tented overnight.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 5: Trek to Dund Khoroo MТ

It is an all day long ascent along the Kharkhiraa river at the end of which we will have gained almost 800 meters. The impressive red rock wall will continue alongside across the river. Rocky but well established trail steadily climbs up bringing more snow capped peaks into our sight. A noticeable temperature drop can also be felt. Our camel caravan will be struggling harder to catch up with us. Tented overnight at 2330m above sea level. Time permitting we will visit one of the local herding families that graze their large flocks of sheep, goats and horses on the abundant alpine pastures.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 6: Trek to Kharkhiraa pass

We continue trekking upstream along the Kharkhiraa river until arriving to its headspring. This is also the bottom of the main water dividing ridge. Several small streams are to be negotiated on foot. Tented overnight.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 7: Exploration of alpine lakes

Although staying in the same campsite we have a somewhat challenging exploration excursion to several alpine lakes nestled at the southern foothill of the Turgen massif. Those wishing can rest at the camp or take some smaller hikes in the area. Tented overnight.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 8: Cross Kharkhiraa pass

The most challenging trekking day. We first ascend 2944meter high Kharkhiraa pass which is a small plateau surrounded by glaciers. Views of the Turgen and Kharkhiraa peaks aligned north to south open from the top. We then descend to Ereesen valley in Olon Nuur valley, literally meaning “valley of many lakes” and trek along its edges to keep on drier trails and camp at an altitude of 2688m above sea level.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 9: Cross Yamaat pass

We cross the Olon nuur valley, typical highland tundra with permafrost not deep below the surface and therefore abundance of water and marshes. We exit the Olon Nuur valley by ascending the 2959m Black Goat pass which marks the entrance to the Black Goat valley which is formed by two parallel ridges that extend from the Turgen peak. The lower slopes on both sides are densely forested. This is a home to the elusive Snow Leopard and wild mountain goat the former’s main prey. We descend in to the valley and trek for a good half day till reaching our campsite.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

DAY 10: Last trekking (15km) day and transfer to Ulgii town

We trek down the Black Goat valley After 15km the trek finishes. Here we part with our local guides and take car transfer (4-5 hours) to Ulgii town, home to the largest Muslim community of Mongolia. Dinner and overnight in a cozy local hotel.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hotel)

DAY 11: Return flight to Ulaanbaatar

This morning we catch a return flight to UB. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping and else. Farewell dinner. 
(Breakfast, dinner, hotel)

DAY 12: Departure

Transfer to airport for your return flight home. 
(Breakfast)

PRICES & DATES

2019 dates Status Spaces Min price - Max price
12 June - 23 June, 2019 2 to guarantee
10% off for 2 first sign ups
Available USD 1,609 - USD 2,994
Pp twin occ. + USD 121 for sgl. occ.
06 July - 17 July, 2019 2 to guarantee
10% off for 2 first sign ups
Available USD 1,609 - USD 2,994
Pp twin occ. + USD 121 for sgl. occ.
2020 dates Status Spaces Min price - Max price
13 June - 24 June, 2020 2 to guarantee
10% off for 2 first sign ups
Available USD 1,609 - USD 2,994
Pp twin occ. + USD 121 for sgl. occ.
07 July - 18 July, 2020 2 to guarantee
10% off for 2 first sign ups
Available USD 1,609 - USD 2,994
Pp twin occ. + USD 121 for sgl. occ.
Price Includes:
  • All accommodation: hotel (3 nights), tent (8 nights)
  • Complete camping & cooking equipment
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Indicated meals & drinking water
  • All visits, sightseeing, national park and permit fees
  • Overland transport
  • Domestic airfare and airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Expedition cook(s)
  • Local guides (pack animal drivers)
  • Pack animals
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
Price Excludes:
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fee on domestic air travel
  • Sleeping bags
  • Meals not indicated
  • Drinks & Alcohol
  • Gratuities

REVIEWS

Michael Haire

I didn’t get the chance to thank you properly for putting together a fantastic group and trek for us. Dulgunn, Mønkh and Battuul were great. Please let them know how much we appreciated how they took care of us and showed us a glimpse of the wonders and beauty of your glorious country. While I only got to spend time with Uugaa in the city, I was thoroughly impressed with him as well. If our experience is any indication (and I’m sure that it is) you have put together a trekking company that stands head and shoulders above the rest. If running an American law firm has anything in common with running a Mongolian Trekking company, it is in the need to find the best people. It is clear you have a talent for doing so. If you ever need a recommendation for your company, including especially a ringing, written endorsement for any advertising (web or print), I would be glad to provide one without hesitation. Cheers, my friend. Stay adventurous!


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