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Tavan Bogd Trekking Tour, Mongolia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Mongolia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1569 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2330 US Dollar (USD)

“Tavan Bogd” literally meaning “The Five Holy” is a series of snow capped mountains, highest in Mongolia and which belong to the greater mountain range known as Altai. Geographically, it is the remotest part of Mongolia with truly pristine nature, abundant wildlife and interesting cultural heritage. Views here are dominated by vast glaciers, fast mountain rivers and lush alpine pastures where large flocks of yaks, goats and sheep graze. The culture of local nomads is authentic and rich. The area is also known as a treasure trove of human history with many ancient burials and rock art to explore. This trekking tour covers all the above and will certainly become your “unforgettable”.

Itinerary:
Day 1: 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 this 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 Ulgy and drive to Baga Oigor petroglyph gallery.
Transfer to UB airport for a flight to Ulgy town in Western Mongolia. Upon arrival meet with your support team and drive to Tavan Bogd NP. We first travel across mountainous desert and then along V-shaped mountain valleys before arriving to Baga Oigor valley, home to one of the largest and richest rock art gallery in Asia and registered in the UNESCO "World Cultural Heritage List. The gallery is 15 km long and 500 m wide and dates back to Stone and Bronze ages. Images depict wild and domestic animals and scenes of human life such hunting, handling domestic animals, worship etc. Here we set up our tented camp and spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the rock art gallery. We then return to our camp for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 3: Travel to Tavan Bogd national park.
Another half a day travel along V shaped mountain valley and by lunch time arrive to Tavan Bogd NP gateway. This is the starting point of the trek. We spend the rest of the day acclimatizing further. This evening local herders will arrive bringing their pack camels that will carry our camp, luggage and food in the next days. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 4: Trek to Tavan Bogd base camp.
Two thirds of the trekking route is a gradual but continuous ascent on a high mountain terrain with occasional bogs and a couple of smalls streams to cross. Halfway through the route magnificent views of snow capped mountains and vast glaciers will come into your sight. Your pack camels will overtake you around lunch time and continue to camp allowing the cook set up his operations. Tonight we camp at 2900 m above sea level with an impressive view of highest peaks of Tavan Bogd mountain range and Potanin glacier as the backdrop. Tented overnight. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 5: Climb to 4051 m Malchin peak.
We first hike along the Potanin glacier moraine for an hour before stepping on the mountain. Although clearly established the trail is mostly on the scree. Once at the top you can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views of glaciers beneath and of the Russian territory as the ridge overlaps with the border line. Only trekking poles are required for the Malchin climb. Alternatively, you can take a less demanding option of hiking up to a lower ridge and glance into Russia too. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent) Malchin peak

Day 6: Trek out to lower gate of Tavan Bogd NP.
This time it is an easy way downhill although interrupted by a couple bogs and slightly longer than the way up. Again loads are carried by camels. The White river valley serves as the summer grazing ground used by a small community of Tuvan herders whose ansestry ascends to ancient Turkic people. Tonight we taste local hospitality by visiting one our camel drivers. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 7: Trek to Mt.Shiveet, local Holy mountain.
Traditionally Tuvans practice shamanism - a worship of ancestral and natural spirits but today their belief is a strong blend with Tibetan Buddhism. We trek to the holy mountain and camp at its southern foothill. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 8: Wild life watching day.
We spend the day exploring the Mt. Shiveet with a goal of spotting wild mountain goats (Capra Ibex) which graze the inaccessible reaches of the mountain. Seeing them is almost guaranteed but it requires a bit of climbing, tracking and hiding. We return to our camp for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 9: Return travel to Ulgy town.
Our trekking adventure is over and we head back to civilization. En-route we stop to visit a local Kazakh family and see their golden eagles which are kept for hunting purposes. In Ulgy we settle in the coziest local hotel before gathering for a traditional Kazakh dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hotel)

Day 10: Return flight to Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast transfer to Ulgy airport for flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. In the evening gather for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, dinner, hotel)

Day 11: Departure.
Transfer to airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast).

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation: hotel (3 nights), tent (7 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.

About This Supplier
Location: Mongolia
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2016

With almost 20 years of travel experience, we offer professional services and unique tours throughout Mongolia. We organize mountain biking tours, trekking tours, horseback riding tours, nature and wildlife watching tours for both groups and individuals. Less vigorous options include family tours, day trips and jeep...

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