Altai Tavan Bogd, Malchin Peak,7 Days
This is a-week-long tour tailored for those as a mix of climbing, hiking and cultural taste in one basket. Mongolia's western frontiers with Russia and China are guarded by the snow capped peaks of the Altai Tavan Bogd mountain range, highest in the country. Its highest and most interesting peaks are Khuiten, Nairamdal, Malchin, Snowchurch and Ulgii. Malchin is the only peak that is suitable for doing non-technical climbing . The longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier stretches for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. On the top of Malchin, you will be able to glance into Russian and Chinese territory. The local Tuvan herders will support you along with their camels to get to the base camp with all the tents and belonging.
Day 1, Head to Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains
This morning after breakfast we start heading to Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains. Driving through the non paved roads of Western Mongolian countryside for 200 km will be 7 hours with a stop for lunch on the way. We arrive at the north gate of the Altai Tavan Bogd strictly protected area and stay overnight in tents at the north side entrance. (L,D)
Day 2, Altai Tavan Bogd Base Camp
Today, after breakfast we load our tents and belongings onto camel and start hiking towards Altai Tavan Bogd's base camp. A horseman and our cook will be riding along a supporting camel while you will be hiking with your guide towrads ATB's base camp. Upon arrival at the base camp we set up our tents and spend the rest of the day wandering along Potanin glacier and enjoying the breath-taking view of snow-capped Altai Mountains. Overnight in tents. (B,L,D)
Day 3, Malchin Peak
After breakfast, we start our hiking towards Malchin Peak and do the non-technical climbing to the Malchin Peak. Climbing up and down the Malchin will take 5-6 hours and the climbing is non-technical even though it is quite steep and slippery. The view on the top of Malchin is something you should not miss for this trip. What you need is good and comfortable, non-slippery climbing footwear for today. We come back to the base camp for the dinner. Overnight in the tents. (B,L,D).
Day 4, Shiveet Khairkhan
After breakfast at the base camp, we set down our tents and load our belongings onto camel and trek down to Tsagaan Salaa or the south side entrance gate of the national park. Trekking to the south side gate is 15 km where we have our lunch with a Tuvan Family, nomads who live around Altai Tavan Bogd mountains and used to practice shamanism. Then, we hike till the south side of Shiveet Khairkhan mountain. Shiveet Khairkhan is a sacred mountain by Tuvans. On the south side of Shiveet Khairkhan, there lies the petroglyphs or rock paintings as well as manstones from Turkis period. Stay overnight on the south side of Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 5, Khar Salaa, Bear Valley
After breakfast, we sep down our tents and load our belongings onto camels and start trekking towards Bear Valley through Khar Salaa or Black Valley as locals name the valley. We cross Altai Mountains at an elevation of 3000 meters above sea level and enter Bear Valley, a valley with pine trees, white river flowing from Tavan Bogd's glaciers that makes the valley perfect for campingn and hiking away from civilization. Overnight in tents. (B,L,D)
Day 6, Bear Valley and Eight Lakes
Breakfast, packing the tents and continue our trek in the valley along the white water river. Full day of trekking within the beautiful valley enjoying the beautiful flowers. Today, we almost get out of the valley and stay overnight in tents. (B,L,D).
Day 7, Drive to Ulgii
Early morning breakfast and we packing our tents and trek for a few ours and get out of the valley to the Aral Tobe protected area which is the Chinese side of the national park. There, we meet our car and say good bye to our horse man with his camel. Then we head to Ulgii which will be a long drive for the rest of the day. Arrive in Ulgii and stay overnight in West Mongolia Ger Camp, (B,L,D)
A local guide who speaks English, Kazakh and Mongolian and a cook will accompany you at all times. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals, mountain guide. All of our stuff will be loaded on a camel or a horse depending on size.
Tents for everyone
4X4 car with dirver (gas included).
All national park entries and permission fees
What to bring
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications,(if needed),
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
Refillable water bottle
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy footwear for walking and climbing with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)
Stay in UB
Excess luggage fees on internal flights,
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Personal climbing equipment
Sleeping bags and pads
Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions while planning your trip to Altai Mountains.
Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.
A local guide who speaks English and Kazakh, Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.