The wild and remote western edge of Mongolia is home to a group of Kazakh nomads. Here, among the soaring Altai Mountains, which climb up to 4100 metres, the nomads have lived an isolated existence for hundreds of years. On this rugged frontier, there are no paved roads and the horse is central to the Kazakh way of life. The Kazakh ethnic group makes up around 90% of the population of Mongolia’s Bayan-Olgi province, with around 100,000 Kazakhs spread thinly across the wilderness. Kazakh culture is distinct here: the nomads are Muslim and they speak Kazakh in everyday life, using Mongolian only when they need to communicate with other tribes or groups. They can trace their roots back to the 15th century and to Chinngis Khaan. They settled in this region of the Altai Mountains in the 18th century after fleeing the Russian Empire. The nomads live in the empty and remote mountainous terrain of the Upper Dayan Valley, which spreads out near the border with China.
Western Mongolia tour (12 nights/13 days)
Day #1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, sightseeing around the city
After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, you’ll be greeted at the airport, will bring your hotel. After lunch, take a city sightseeing tour including a visit to Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks.
Overnight in the hostel. (L+D)
Day #2 Fly to Khovd province western Mongolia and drive to Tsenkher cave
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Khovd, the capital of Khovd province. Our members will wait for you in there. Drive to Khoid tsenkher cave (Northern blue cave). The rock paintings of the cave dating back 20,000-15,000 years ago are rightfully considered as world class evidence of the Upper Paleolithic period. Numerous symbols and animals painted with rosy and brown colors deep inside the cave depict a quietly standing stag, a buffalo with horns, oxen, ibexes, elephants, ostriches, and two-humped camels either separately or overlapping each other.
Overnight in tent.(B+L+D)
Day #3 Drive back to Khovd and Khar-Us lake
Drive back to Khovd province via Khar Us Lake. There are we have good opportunity to see varieties of birds and beaver. You can rest, hearing sound of various waterfowls gathered in the lake. Visit local museum in Hovd town.
Overnight in hotel. (B+L+D)
Day #4 Drive to Bayan-Ulgii province visit to Tolbo Lake
Drive to Bayan-Ulgii province visit to Lake Tolbo. Admire the attractive view of majestic mountains on the way. Break the trip near the sheer Tolbo Lake and free hiking there. Visit the Zahchin or Urianhai ethnic nomad family.
Overnight in tourist camp in Ulgii town. (B+L+D)
Day #5 Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Today we will have full day drive to Altai Tavanbogd National Park (means The Holy Five) and Tsagaan Gol (White river) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range more than 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is “Shiveet Hairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the approx 200 B.C.
Accommodation: Ger (Mongolian traditional tent) (B+L+D)
Day #6 Altai Tavan Bogd horse trek and Potanian Glacier
Today we will ride horse (11km – you can hike also) to Altai Tavanbogd referring to the peaks of Huiten – 4374m and the highest. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. We will reach the 20km long Potanina glacier, which is ice river starts from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow Peaks.
Back to base camp and overnight in tent. (B+L+D)
Day #7 Drive back to Bayan-Ulgii province
Drive back to Ulgii. On the way visit Kazakh Nomadic family and feel their grade hospitalities. Meet Kazakh Eagle hunter and see his magnificent bird. See how Kazakh women are making felt and other handy crafts.
Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)
Day #8 Drive to Uureg lake
Today’s destination is Uureg Lake, We will spend rest of day leisure at the lake, walking, bird watching, and swimming.
Overnight in tourist camp from 15 km from the lake. (B+L+D)
Day #9 Drive Uvs Lake and Sand dune “Buurug del”
Drive to Sand dune “Buurug del” and Ulaangom capital town of Uvs province. On the way we will see Uvs Lake. Then drive to Buurug del sand dunes which are direct continues of Gobi desert and the most northern edge of desert zone in the world. The dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness; this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Here you can climb up to the dunes.
Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)
Day #10 Visit nomad family and camel ride have a free time
We will visit a local nomad family. There we have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions and ride 2 humped Bactrian camel. Mongolia has more than twenty different ethnic groups speak their own dialect. About ten kinds of ethnic groups live in the four western provinces.
Accommodation: Ger (Mongolian traditional tent) (B+L+D)
Day #11 Drive back to Uvs province.
After breakfast drive back to Ulaangom for your departure flight to Ulaanbaatar. Take a small city tour including local museum and market.
Accommodation: Ger (Mongolian traditional tent)
Day #12 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast you will have a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore.
Accommodation: Stay in our hostel (B+L+D)
Day #13 Departure Mongolia
After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport.
What is include in package:
If you buy our package we will give you following promotions
• Free airport and train station pick up service
• One night free stay at guest house after the trip
• Invitation letter in case you need visa to visit Mongolia
• Free service for visa extension
• Luggage storage
• International and domestic plane ticket reservation
• We do provide free tent, sleeping bags and mattresses
• Horse and Camel riding (1 hour)
• Bicycle (for cycling trips), motorbike (bike trips)
• Ger camp or host family stay (Camping is available)
• Transportation during the trip days
• Meals at local restaurants or cooked by guide
• Entrance fees to all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as museums, monasteries, strictly protected areas, parks, concert, road fees
What is not include in package:
• Entry and transit visa fee to Mongolia
• Airport drop off
• International airfare and train ticket
• All type insurances (we recommend you get your insurance in your country)
• Your personal expenses such as soft and alcoholic drinks, international calls during the your trip, optional sightseeing and meals
№ Number of people Price (per person/ per day) 1. Group with 6 person 104 USD 2. Group with 5 person 111 USD 3. Group with 4 person 122 USD 4. Group with 3 person 139 USD 5. Group with 2 person 174 USD