Discover on horseback one of the most remote area in the world, Mongol Altai. At the borders of Central Asia, Kazakh people live in harmony with their old customs. Peaks covered with snow, glaciers, clear lakes and lush valleys are on the program of this extraordinary adventure. A real caravan with pack camels will go with you in this ride throughout the Altai Tavan Bogd.
Day 1Arrival at 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 to 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.
At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.
Day 2Flight to Olgii and Western Mongolia
Ulan Bator - Olgii
We embark on our flight to the Mongolian farwest. We fly over the central lakes and the Western mountains, and reach Olgii.
We arrive in the capital of Bayan-Ölgii province that is located in the most Western part of Mongolia and that is the farthest city from any ocean in the world. 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.
Night in a Kazakh yurts camp. Kazakh yurts are very different from the Mongolian ones : larger, more decorated, with hangings embroideres with bright colours placed all around the yurt, and also canopies and small curtains above the beds.
Day 3Transfer to Altai Tavan Bogd Park
Olgii - 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.
Meeting with a horses breeders family and horse assignment.
Day 4Ride in the Sirgaal area
Syrgaal area - Khurgan lake
We'll start our pony trek throughout the Sirgaal area and will reah the first of the two lakes of Altai Tavan Bogd : Lake Khurgan. Possibilities to meet one of the Kazakh breeders families living there.
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Day 5 - 6Discovery of the Lakes Khurgan and Khoton
Ride along Lake Khurgan to reach the second big mountain lake of this area : lake Khoton. At Southwest, the high summits of Altai surround us.
We ride on along Lake Khoton.
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Day 7 - 8Ride along Tahilbay Valley
Khoton lake - Tahilbai valley
During one day and a half, we will ride on the lush Tahilbai Valley to reach the green lake, small mountain lake with clear water, where the bravest of you can swim. You will see beautiful landscapes with lakes and forests of larches. This wild, remote area has may natural springs.
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Day 9 - 10Passing through the Altai Mounts
Tahilbai valley - Altai mountain pass
We ride across the mountains of Altai (we'll ride 36 kilomètres (22,37 miles) in total) . 3600 metres (2,24 miles) above the sea level, you will enjoy a stunning view on the wild landscapes of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. We settle our camp in the snowy sites nearby the pass.
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Day 11Petroglyphs of the white valley
Altai mountain pass - Shiveet Khairkhan
We ride over 16 kilometres (9,94 miles) along the Tsagaan Valley and ride down towards a small mountain lake at southeast of Shiveet Khairkhan Mount where we settle our camp. Shiveet Khairkhan is a sacred mountain for the Tuva living in the area.
Visit 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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Day 12Track 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 13Return flight to Ulan Bator
Olgii - Ulan Bator
We embark on our return flight to 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 shopping in the centre of the city.