Day 1: Ulaanbaatar. Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Bayan Ulgii province. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for the morning flight to Ulgii. This is the center of Bayan Ulgii province, and the only Muslim province in Mongolia. On arrival at the local airport our staff will meet you and take you out of town for lunch. After lunch we will head west out of Ulgii, towards the Altai Mountains, and set up camp (near Ulaan Khus) in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Tsagaan River. Today we will continue driving until we reach the Tsagaan River. This river lies near the foothills of the Tavan Bogd Mountain and drains the Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. The entire area is within the bounds of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. We will set up our base camp near the river. Our vehicles will remain at this base camp for the next 5 days while we continue on foot towards the peak. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 4: Tavan Bogd Mountain. Today we will begin hiking towards the Tavan Bogd Mountain. The name of this mountain is ‘Five Kings’, as the mountain itself is comprised of five different peaks. The highest peak is called Khuiten and is at an elevation of 4370m. Our camp will be at an altitude of 3100m on the edge of the Potanin Glacier, and is at the foot of another peak, called Malchin Peak (4037m). Our hike to tonight’s camp will take one day and all of our luggage - food and supplies - will be carried on camel back. Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 5: Malchin Peak. Today you will start climbing Malchin Peak. This peak provides a long climb, mostly on scree, and requiring no technical equipment, yet affords tremendous views over Russia to the north and across to the glaciated peaks of Altai Tavan Bogd to the south. We return to the previous night’s camp in the late afternoon. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 6: Khonog Tolgoi. Today you will hike up the Glacier to an intermediary campsite at Khonog Tolgoi. It is a 7 hour walk, so we will need an early start. We will each need to carry 15kg of luggage, but the terrain is fairly easy, and we will walk with ropes securing us, as required. Our mountain guide will walk ahead of us as some of the crevasses are covered by snow. Our camp tonight will be at an altitude of 3600m. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 7: Mount Khuiten. Today we will climb Mount Khuiten (4370m) - the highest peak in Mongolia. After crossing the glacier we will climb snow slopes of varying angles (up to 45 degrees). There are some crevasses on our route. Once we get to the top we will be able to look down into Russia, China and Mongolia – the landscapes of all three countries are distinctly different. We return to the previous night’s camp via the same route. It will take 8 hours to complete the trip. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 8: Nairamdal Peak. Today we will climb Nairamdal Peak (4082m). We will find this an easy walk, on glaciated terrain, after climbing Mount Khuiten. It will take 6-7 hours, round trip. On our return, we will pack up the camp and return to our camp at the edge of Potanin Glacier. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 9: Base camp Tsagaan River. Today we will trek back to our original base camp above the Tsagaan River where we will meet our facility vehicle in the area of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and overnight in tent.
Day 10: Back to camp. Today’s schedule is flexible. Sometimes the weather does not allow for climbing, so we have this day to use, as we need. If we are free early enough, we can climb from our camp at Tsagaan River to the Tsagaan Khairkhan Uul (3628m), or have a day of rest for visiting local families and enjoying the scenery of this beautiful valley. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight in ger camp.
Day 11: Ulgii City. After breakfast, today we will return to the vehicles and drive towards Ulgii. We will stay overnight at Ulgii’s only ger camp, next to Lake Shar. Lunch, dinner and overnight in ger camp.
Day 12: Back to Ulaanbaatar. Today we will drive into Ulgii and take the local flight back to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to the hotel for dinner and the night.
Day 13: City tour. Today will be a full day sightseeing including visits to Gandan Tegchilen Monastery and the National History museum. After lunch at the hotel we will visit the Fine Arts Museum and the Toy museum. The evening program will include a folklore show followed by a farewell dinner at Hazara Restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Departure. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for international departure.
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