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Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain, Malchin Peak, Khoton Lake, 13 days

Brief description

Altai Tavan Bogd mountain range the highest point of Mongolia guards the western frontiers of Mongolia between Russia and China. Its highest and most interesting snowcapped peaks are Khuiten, Nairamdal, Malchin, Snowchurch and Ulgii. Potanin, the longest glacier of Mongolia stretches for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten.This tour has been tailored for those as a mix of hiking, climbing, horse riding and getting to know the nomad lifestyle. On the summit day on the top of Khuiten, you would be able to glance into Russia and China. This point therefore called as a golden triangle between Mongolia, Russia and China. 

Detailed itinerary

Day - 1

Day 1,Arrive in UB

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel/hostel. Sightseeing in UB. 

Day - 2

Day 2,Day trip

Day trip to Chinggis Khan's Statue. B,L,D

Day - 3

Day 3,Fly to Ulgii

After lunch we will head to Ulgii. Spend the rest of the day in Ulgii. Sightseeing, visit museum, local bazaar, etc. Overnight in West Mongolia Ger Camp.B,L,D

Day - 4

Day 4,Drive to Tavan Bogd Base Camp (Driving distance 210km)

It takes 7-8hrs to get to Tavan Bogd Base Camp. WM LLC will get a permission for its cars to drive till the base camp through North Gate or Oigor. In that case the car will drop you with the guide and cook right at the Tavan Bogd BC. B,L,D

Day - 5

Day 5,Hiking around and on the glacier

Spend the day hiking along anf on the Potanin glacier. B,L,D

Day - 6

Day 6,Climb to Malchin

Do a-non-technical climb to Malchin. It takes 5-6 hours to climb up and come down. B,L,D

Day - 7

Day 7,Hike to the south gate and drive to Khoton Lake

Hiking down to South Gate which is 15 km from the base camp. Your belongings, tents, food and kitchen utensils will be loaded onto a camel and a horseman will help us till we get to South Gate where our car will be waiting for us. Visit a local Tuvan Family for some tea before we head to Khoton Lake. B,L,D

Day - 8

Day 8,Khoton Lake

Horse riding along Khoton Lake. B,L,D

Day - 9

Day 9,Khoton Lake -Waterfall

Hiking to a waterfall.B,LD

Day - 10

Day 10,Dayan Lake

Drive to Dayan Lake which is located close to Mongolia and Chinese border. B,L,D

Day - 11

Day 11,Khar Khad Valley, Visit Tuvan Families

Drive to Khar Khad Valley which is on the way back to Ulgii. Enjoy the lifestyle of Mongol nomads who are now at their autumn place. B,L,D

Day - 12

Day 12,Drive to Ulgii

Arrive in Ulgii for dinner. B,L,D

Day - 13

Day 13, Fly to UB


Additional information

Price includes

  • Roundtrip domestic flights. 
  •  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. All of our stuff will be loaded on a camel or a horse depending on size. 
  •  Tents for everyone. 
  •  Hiring a car (Russian Jeep /Driver).

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
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)

Price excludes

  •  Travel insurance,
  •  Excess luggage fees on internal flights, 
  •  Meals not indicated, 
  • Personal climbing equipment, 
  • Sleeping bags and pads, 
  • Drinks, gratuities


  •  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.
  •  Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight. Sleeping bag and other personal belongings at your preference. 


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.

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