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The far west of Mongolia, dominated by Altai mountain range is a land of pristine nature, abundant wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Landscapes here comprise of vast glaciers, fast mountain rivers and lush alpine pastures where large flocks of yaks, goats and sheep graze. The country’s largest Muslim community sharing common origin with modern Turkish inhabits the region as well as a number of smaller ethnic groups that practice Buddhism and Shamanism. Their culture is authentic and their land is a treasure trove of human history with many ancient burials and rock art. Spend 7 unforgettable days on horseback in the company of Tuvan people whose hospitality and horsemanship are exceptional.
During this trip, you will be staying in tents on most nights and in a four-star hotel on your first and last night.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia, and transfer to a centrally located four-star hotel. An afternoon guided city tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city, the Gandan Temple, the 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.
You can then choose to visit one or two museums from the following:
An evening folk show of music, throat singing, and contortion will be followed by a welcome dinner.(Dinner, hotel)
Transfer to the UB airport for a flight to Ulgy town in Western Mongolia. Upon arrival, meet with your support team and drive to Tavan Bogd National Park. You will first travel across the mountainous desert and then along V-shaped mountain valleys before arriving at Baga Oigor Valley, the home of the largest rock art gallery in Asia, registered in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
The gallery is 15 kilometers long and 500 meters wide and dates back to the Stone and Bronze Ages. Images depict wild and domestic animals and scenes of human life such as hunting, handling domestic animals, worship, etc. Here, you will set up your tented camp and spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the rock art gallery. Relax and acclimatize and possibly get a visit or two by local nomads who gingerly approach the camp to exchange greetings. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent)
Have another half-a-day travel along a V-shaped mountain valley and by lunchtime, arrive at Tavan Bogd National Park gateway. This is where the riding tour starts. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing further. This evening, your local guides arrive bringing their horses and pack camels that will carry the camp, luggage, and food for the next days. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent)
After breakfast, guides will select you a horse to suit your riding abilities and the tour starts. Riding stocky Mongolian horses requires skills quite different from the western riding style. Horses are used to a different set of commands and behavior on the riders' end but still are very responsive and clever animals.
Accompanied by the local guides, ride on high mountain terrain with occasional bogs and many small streams to cross. The entire luggage will be carried by the pack camels. Without much luck, you will see marmots, Golden Eagles, vultures, and falcons. Halfway through the route, magnificent views of snowcapped mountains and vast glaciers will come into your sight.
After a picnic lunch, continue to the campsite with an impressive view of the highest peaks of Mongolia and the Potanin glacier as the backdrop. Tonight, the camp is at 2900 meters above sea level. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent)
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 borderline.
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)
The river takes source from the snowcapped peaks and the glaciers of Tavan Bogd. As historic evidence suggests, the region was inhabited by hunter gatherers and prehistoric nomads from as early as the Stone Age. Dozens of burial mounds and rock carvings are scattered just in the Tsagaan Gol River Valley alone.
Today, a tiny community of Tuvan herders grazes their animals here during summer months. It is these very people who are serving as your local guides. Today’s ride is a gradual downhill interrupted by a couple of bogs and slightly longer than the way up. Again, loads are carried by camels. Tonight, taste local hospitality by visiting one of the camel drivers. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent)
Ride in a linear way each day, covering up to 30 kilometers. The Tuvan guides will accompany you, looking after your safety and emotional wellbeing, they will certainly share their life experiences and you will get a rare opportunity to learn of more of these modest and stoic people and of their unique symbiotic relationship with nature and animals, particularly with their horses.
Landscapes here are truly spectacular and vary every single day, fertile river valleys alternate with rugged mountains, open grasslands, alpine lakes, and snow-capped peaks. The riding terrain is suitable for all paces: trotting, galloping, and racing. You will mostly be traveling at about 2000 meters above sea level.
Yaks and horses roaming about and local herders grazing large flocks of sheep and goats is a common scene. Invariably, they come to greet you to exchange news or to just take a curious look. With some luck, you may come across Kazakh eagle hunters who train golden eagles and use them for hunting.
Although actual hunting is done in winter, you can still see the massive birds and have a photo taken while holding one on your arms to impress your family and friends. At any time, you can take a break in one of the support cars. Shortly before the end of each day’s riding, drivers will go ahead to prepare camp and to let cooks start their operations.
On Day 11, you will arrive at Khoton, a spectacular alpine lake bordering with China’s Xinjiang province. Spend this well-earned rest day at ease. The Khoton Lake campsite is truly idyllic. A snowcapped ridge marking the border with China and wooded slopes below reflect in the mirror-like surface of the lake.
You can go swimming or explore some distinctly well-preserved bronze age rock carvings just beside the camp. This is also time to part with the riding guides who will start their journey home. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6 nights in tents)
Your riding adventure is over and you'll head back to civilization. For most of the day, drive along the Khovd River, the largest in Western Mongolia. The river winds along rocky mountain slopes with sparse vegetation and some poplar trees that line the banks. In Ulgy, settle in the coziest local hotel before gathering for a traditional Kazakh dinner. (Breakfast, dinner, hotel)
After breakfast, transfer to Ulgy airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, dinner, hotel)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Geographically, you will be at the remotest part of Mongolia with true 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 following locations of your accommodation will be at the following:
Daily full board meals, as well as drinking water, are included.
Camps serve western type of meals. A typical breakfast consists with a choice of cereal, oatmeal, rice, bread, toast, butter, spreads, eggs, tea, coffee, sausages. Lunches and dinners include vegetable salads and a main course. When camping your expedition cook will prepare mostly western type of meals and some traditional Mongolian meals.
Chinggis Khaan International Airport
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Transfers are included, Mongolia Trekking will pick you up from the airport.
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