Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia, straddling the Russian and Chinese frontiers in the Far West. Mountains of eternal snowcapped mountains and glaciers. In these remote regions live many nomads of ethnic minorities.
Brief Outline Itinerary
On this dramatic journey we use low impact traditional modes of transport. Our equipment will be carried on pack-camels, possibly also in addition, packhorses. We will fly to west Mongolia on an almost 3 hour domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar. We will transfer out to the mountain regions from Ölgii, the Kazakh provincial capital, by 4 wd Russian vehicles. Our crew will be Kazakhs and/or Tuvan. The local guide is trilingual at least: English, Mongol and Kazakh. Possibly also Tuvan and Russian.
Day 1: Drive to Chigertei Lake and Visit nomadic family
Visit some Kazakh Nomadic families and feel their great hospitality. Meet Kazakh Eaglehunter and see his magnificent bird. See how Kazakh women are making felt and other handcrafts. Stay with family.
Days 2-3: You are out of civilization
Next two days we trek by Jolt and Onion Areas,which are full of lush valleys. Walking by open plate remote country, you can feel yourself wildness, where are no families, no cars and no civilization. You are out of all world problems for these few days.
Days 4-5: Lake Dayan Nuur
Start to walk towards to Dayan Nuur. On the way you enjoy the remote mountain country with some forest and lakes.The lakes and rivers are rich by fish. On the west side of your way you will see the mountain called Holagash. There are many bears and elkes, by chance you can see them. We will come to Dayan Nuur, one of the crystal clear lakes of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, where is good fishing for lenok, grayling and others. Staying around the lake one night,it allows us to see stunning sunsets and sunrises.The lake is home of the wild ducks,swans,geese,seagulls and others.
Day 6: Drive to Ulgii
Drive to Ulgii towards the Hargant Valley, below Tsengel Hairhan Uul (3043 m), another of the many snow-capped mountains. Here live Tuvans. They are Buddhists, but of a Turkic speaking ethnic group. Their gers (yurts) are more like Mongol gers as opposed to the larger Kazakh ones. There are also some shaman practitioners among them. Arrive back to Sagsay village and our Ger Camp.
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