Day – 1: Arrive in Ulan Bator city
Arrival at Ulan Bator and transfer to your hotel for a warm shower and a moment to relax after this long flight.
Afternoon, visit of Gandantegchinlin Monastery. Built in 1809, the Gandantegchinlin Monastery – formerly known as the Gandan Monastery – is a Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery located in Ulan Bator. Its name of Tibetan origin can be translated as “Great site full of Joy”.Several hundred monks currently reside there.
It contains a statue of Megjid-Janraiseg (Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara – called Chenrezig in Tibetan) by 25 meters high.
The original statue, made of copper, was erected in 1911 and was dismantled in 1937 by Soviet troops (the remains of the statue were subsequently used to make bullets during the siege of Leningrad). Following the fall of communist regimes, it was rebuilt in 1996 with donations of gold from Nepal and Japan.
Adorned with gold and nearly 2,286 precious stones, the statue weighs over 20 tons and is covered with nearly 100 kg of silk clothing.
Visit of the National Museum of Mongolian History. The National Museum of Mongolian History tells the story of the country, from prehistoric times to today. In this museum there is also an ethnographic section with costumes and jewels from various ethnic groups of countries: Kazakhstan, Buriats, Clzemchins…
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day – 2: UlaanBaatar – Domestic fligth to Altai
Breakfast and transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Khovd in the Altai.
Lunch depending on the time of your flight.
Dinner and first night under the Altai sky.
NOTE: If the arrival time of your flight is late in the afternoon, it is possible that this night should be provided in a guesthouse or a yurt camp in Khovd.
Day – 3 to 10: Trekking tour in the Altai Mountains
These eight days are dedicated to trekking in the heart of the Altai mountains, especially in the Tsambagarav wilderness.
The Tsambagarav mountains are protected by a National Park covering over 1,100 km2. Its highest point,Mount Tsast Uul (“snow covered peak”) reaches 4193 m. The park has a very specific wildlife, especially the rare snow leopard.
Every day you walk between 15 and 20 km in a mountainous environment The landscapes of this region of Altai are undoubtedly among the most spectacular of Mongolia: passes over vast valleys, glaciers covered peaks, turquoise lakes, cliffs …
The scarcity of vegetation highlights the strange geological formations sculpted by erosion, and these infinite and breathtaking spaces.
Twin Lakes Duruu Nuur in particular offer an amazing sight, separated by an isthmus. Both lakes are so close but are in fact two different ecosystems, since one is salty and the other composed of fresh water!
Every evening, the Logistics Vehicle brings camping gear and luggage, allowing you to hike without luggage.
We spend two nights with nomadic families, including a Kazakh family. We strive to meet eagle hunters, but they are sometimes forced to venture into very remote areas to hunt and it is difficult to make a real go!
Our translator accompany you from Ulan Bator, and ensures communication with the nomads who are your hiking guides.You’ll be in contact with the nomads throughout your trek.
NOTE: If your flight schedule of is early morning on day 11, it is possible that the night of day 10 must be provided in a guesthouse or a yurt camp in Khovd.
Day – 11: Khovd – Domestic flight to Ulaanbaatar (1580km – 2hours flight)
After breakfast, it’s time to hit the road to Khovd airport .
Domestic flight to Ulan Bator.
Lunch based on flight schedules.
Transfer to the hotel for the night (dinner not included)
Day – 12: Ulaanbaatar
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit of the Choijin Lama Temple and Museum, whose traditional architecture offers a surprising contrast with the Blue Skye glass tower.
Visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace. The Bogd Khan had several palaces but the other ones have been destroyed by Russians.
Consisting of 6 traditionnal buildings, you will also see many objects that reflect the magnificence of court life at that time.
Night at a 2* hotel in the city center, lunch and dinner are not included.
Lunch (not included).
The afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown, or at the Narantuul “black market” where you will find traditional clothing and objects of daily life.
In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dances, music and songs from Mongolia, especially the amazing Khoomei.
The Khoomei is an overtone singing (throat singing) in which the singer produces two distinctively audible pitches at the same time, including a low pedal note, or drone, derived from the fundamental frequency of the vocal cord vibrations, and higher melodic notes that result when the singer’s mouth acts as a filter, selecting one note at a time from among the drone’s natural overtone series pitches.
The sound is reminiscent of the Jew’s harp.
This type of song is recorded in Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.
Dinner (not included).
Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Return home
Breakfast (depending on your flight schedule) and transfer to airport for your flight back home.
- Airport / hotel / airport transfers
- Flights Ulan Bator / Khovd / Ulan Bator
- 3 nights in a ** hotel in Ulaanbaatar, breakfast included
- Full board during the excursion
- Meal at Ulan Bator
- Mineral water
- 2 nights in guest-house
- 7 nights in a tent
- Travel in 4×4 or mini bus + driver
- English speaking guide
- Cook for groups> 4 participants
- Entrance fees to the parks and museums mentioned
- Traditional show
- IRIDIUM satellite phone
- Kitchen equipment (mess tent, camping tables and chairs) and for sleeping (tent, sleeping bag, ground mattress), sanitary tent
- International transport
- Passport & Visa Fees
- Repatriation insurance
- Travel insurance
- Extra drinks / alcohols
- Phone calls
- Any excursion not mentioned in the program
- Baggage supplement if you are carrying more than 15Kg (hold and cabin baggage combined)