The magic of the Mongolian west

On the borders of Central Asia, Kazakh peoples live in harmony with their ancestral customs. Snowy peaks, glaciers, pristine lakes and lush valleys, the Mongolian Altai is one of the most remote parts of the World. A circuit alternating days of discovery by jeep and hikes, for those wishing to explore the west at a moderate pace.

Day 1. Arrival in Ulan Bator and visit of the city

  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
  • Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
  • Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.
  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Day 2. Flight to the Mongolian Far West

Ulan Bator - Khovd
  • We leave the hectic Mongolian capital to embark on our inner flight to Khovd.
  • Khovd was an important commercial centre located North of the silk road, that had forged links with Russia and China. In 1763, the Manchu administration made build the fortress of Sangiin Kherem. 3-metres (9,84 feet) high and 2-metres (6,56 feet) wide walls enclosed the city that covered an area of 4 hectares. Today, the province of Khovd houses 18 Mongolian ethnic groups. Visit of the local market.
  • Walk on the banks of Lake Khar Us, Southeast of the city.

Day 3-5. Trekking in Tsambagarav mounts

Khovd - Tsambagarav mounts
  • We drive until Tavan Belchir Mount, whose name means "the five pastures". The mount is located North from Tsambagarav mounts, whose snow-covered peaks culminate at 4195 metres (2,61 miles) above the sea level. Many minorities live in this area, such as Uriankhai and Kazakhs.
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4, 5From Tavan Belchir, we start a 2-days trek in the valleys of Tsambagarav National Park. We'll meet Kazakh and Uriankhai nomads (Mongolian ethnies living in West of the country). We'll meet a Kazakh falconer who will show us his eagle.
From Northwest of Tsambagarav mountains, we go closer to the snow-covered summits. View on the glacier.

Day 6. Olgi, in the heart of Kazakh

Tsambagarav mounts - Olgii
  • We arrive in the capital of province that is the most Westerly in the place of the world that is the farthest from the oceans. Olgii is located at 1636 km (1,02 mile) from Ulan-Bator, at 1710 metres (1,06 mile) above the sea level. Principally Kazakhs live there and its atmosphere is very influenced by Central Asia : many signs written in Arabic, mosques and their cupolas pricked up to the sky.
  • Visit of Olgii Museum that shows an exhibition about the fauna and flora of the area. We discover the Kazakh culture, notably with traditional costumes and with a Kazakh yurt built in the museum.

Day 7. Hunting with a falconer and its golden eagle

Olgii - Sagsai
  • At the end of the day, we follow a falconer to his home, in the village of Sagsai, where we spend the night.
Sagsai - Syrgaal area
  • We drive until the Sirgaal area. This very remote area, separated from China by high snowy summits, has the two beautiful lakes Khoton and Khurgan where the Khovd River has its source.
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73 nights overstay in a nomadic family. From their camp site we will head towards the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

Day 8. Hike in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Syrgaal area - Khurgan lake
  • From our camp, we'll go hiking along the banks of the Khurgan lake, a mountain lake surrounded by glacial moraines, the second largest in the National Park.
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83 nights overstay in a nomadic family. From their camp site we will head towards the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

Day 9. Discovery of the Turgen Waterfalls

Syrgaal area - Turgen waterfalls
  • Again from the camp of our hosts, we will hit the road for a second day of discovery. This new hike will take us near the chinese border, where we'll walk along the Baga Turgen river until reaching its waterfall, 40 meters high.
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93 nights overstay in a nomadic family. From their camp site we will head towards the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

Day 10. In the Northern part of the Altai Bogd

Syrgaal area - Zagast nuur
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10Get settled in a farming family near Zagast nuur, where we will stay 2 nights.

Day 11. Trek until Shiveet Khairkhan

Zagast nuur - Shiveet Khairkhan
  • Day of hiking on the Mounts Shiveet Maikhan, region populated by the Tuva, shamanic peoples for whom the mountain is sacred. Since hunting is here banned, we can see plenty Argali. We'll also have the chance to observe in the region protohistoric statues and Turkish tombs from the Bronze age.
  • Visit of the site of Tsagaan salaa. On 15 kilometres (9,32 miles), we can observe about 10000 rock paintings on the rocks that cover the southern bank of white river, "Tsagaan Gol".
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11Get settled in a farming family near Zagast nuur, where we will stay 2 nights.

Day 12. Track to Olgii

Shiveet Khairkhan - Olgii
  • With regret, we leave the breeders who escorted us during these eight wonderful riding days in postcard landscapes. We find the track again (harsh in this place) and drive back to the capital of province : Olgii.
  • We settle ourselves in a Kazakh yurts camp, where we'll enjoy a certain comfort.

Day 13. Return flight to Ulan Bator

Olgii - Ulan Bator
  • Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.
  • Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

Day 14. Have a nice journey and see you soon !

  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Departure dates - 2018

For your journey in Mongolia, it is possible joining a fixed departure tour with a group, which has the advantage of providing a friendly atmosphere and to let you benefit from the best price. Our groups are composed of an average of 3 to 10 participants.

Our departures are confirmed without any additional fees to the price of 1550 Euros per person from a minimum of 3 participants. If you are only 2 participants registered for this particular departure however, we can still organize the tour for you against an added fee of 400 Euros per person.

Start date End date Available Status Price
June 11 June 24 10 Available 1550€ Enquire
July 2 July 15 10 Available 1550€ Enquire
July 23 August 5 10 Available 1550€ Enquire
August 13 August 26 10 Available 1550€ Enquire

Individual price per person

You can go for a private journey to the dates of your choice for your very own group of people. In this particular case, the price proposed depends entirely on the final number of participants (please refer yourself to the prices mentioned below).

In the case of an exclusive private trip for you, this program seen here can serve as a base to draw the lines of the final offer. And you can create an entire trip « à la carte ».

2345-89-10
2400€1900€1700€1600€1550€

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Flights Ulan Bator / Khovd & Olgii / Ulan Bator
  • 3 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 2 nights in comfortable Kazakh yurts camp with warm showers
  • 7 nights in a host family, in a guest yurt
  • 1 night in a provincial hotel in Khovd
  • Journeys in Russian 4x4 UAZ + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Assistant for groups > 8 persons
  • Local guides during the treks
  • Entrance fees for parks and museums indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bags)

Not included

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks / alcohols extras
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg (total weight for both carry-on checked luggage) on the domestic flight

14 days from 1550€ per person. Flight not included.

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Departures

29 mai 2015 3 available
8 juin 2015 6 available
25 juin 2015 5 available
20 juillet 2015 8 available
17 août 2015 10 available
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