Ikh Turgen Mountain Trekking

Ulaanbaatar - Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains - Khoton and Khurgan Lakes - Malchin Peak - Potanin Glacier

Route:

Ulaanbaatar - Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains - Khoton and Khurgan Lakes - Malchin Peak - Potanin Glacier

Duration:

16 nights / 17 days 

Price From:

US$ ***

Region:

Western Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains - Khoton and Khurgan Lakes - Malchin Peak - Potanin Glacier 

We dedicate this 2-week trekking trip to the devoted trekkers and mountaineers. The trip takes you to the most western point of Mongolia, the majestic Mongol Altai Mountains. After a fascinating trek we will make 3 day horse trekking through the colorful valleys towards the most beautiful lakes of the area. On this way long we will constantly visit local families of Kazakh, Tuva and Khoton minority groups to make short breaks while exploring their lifestyle and customs as well as exchanging our friendly talks with them.

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
  • Day 2. Fly to Ulgii (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Ikh Turgen Mountains (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Zagast Valley (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Khoton Lake/Arag Tolgoi (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Tsagaan Usnii Gol Valley (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Green Lake (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Bear Valley (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Rest day (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Khar Salaa Valley (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Tsagaan Gol Valley (B/L/D)
  • Day 12. Potanin Glacier base camp (B/L/D)
  • Day 13. Malchin Peak (B/L/D)
  • Day 14. Last day trekking (B/L/D)
  • Day 15. Drive back to Ulgii (B/L/D)
  • Day 16. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
  • Day 17. Departure (B)

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to selected hotel. After lunch, take city tour including Sukhbaatar Square, National History Museum and then visit Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Enjoy traditional concert and have a dinner.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 2. Fly to Ulgii (B/L/D)

Transfer to airport and take a flight (3.hours) to Ulgii town, the center of Bayan-Ulgii province. Our guide and drivers will pick up you at local airport and move to the town. (If time allows we will be visiting local ethnographic museum).
Overnight in tourist GER camp

Day 3. Ikh Turgen Mountains (B/L/D)

This morning we will continue our trip to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, the pristine wilderness of western Mongolia. On our way we will enjoy ancient dear stones and burial sites. On the way we will be registered at military base.
Overnight at tent

Day 4. Zagast Valley (B/L/D)

This day we start trekking for 20kms to our next camping spot at Zagast valley be the Hoton lake. On the way we will enjoy extraordinary view amd stunning reflections of neighboring snowcapped peaks drift on lake surface. Visit to a Kazakh family and learn more about their unique lifestyle. On the way we will be registered at another military base.
Overnight at tent

Day 5. Khoton Lake/Arag Tolgoi (B/L/D)

Upon arrival the area we will pitch our camp nearby will head to Lake Hoton and reach the area as named Aral Tolgoi where military base locates. In the evening we will meet our local assistants who will take care for transporting our all luggage, camping equipments and food provisions by pack animals (horses/camels) that rented from nomads. There will be no vehicle support during 12 days trek and climb.
Overnights at tent

Day 6. Tsagaan Usnii Gol Valley (B/L/D)

In the morning after having hearty breakfast we pack all luggage and load on the back of camels. Start trek to the Tsagaan usnii gol valley. Enjoy an extraordinary view of the mountains. Distance of this day trek is approximately 20km and will take about 6-7 hours for moderate walking.
Overnights at tent

Day 7. Green Lake (B/L/D)

Hike up by Tsagaan Usnii Gol. Continue our trekking for 18 kms to next camping. Going up by beautiful valley. We will reach the Green Lake. Here are dramatic landscapes of small lake and patches of larch forests.
Overnights at tent

Day 8: Bear Valley (B/L/D)

Continue trekking for 18kms along the Tsagaan Usnii gol through stunning valley to Bear Valley. While enjoying scenic area you will have an opportunity to learn how to make traditional Mongolian dish.
Overnights at tent

Day 9. Rest day (B/L/D)

This day we will stay in relaxing at same campsite. While enjoying scenic area you will have an opportunity to learn how to make traditional Mongolian dish.
Overnights at tent

Day 10. Khar Salaa Valley (B/L/D)

Trekking to mountain pass Takhilt about 10 kms. Crossing over the pass will require quite much effort when it has covers of snow. You will hike up to the mountain pass as following narrow track. After crossing the pass we continue the trek about 8-9 kms along to the Khar salaa valley surrounded by majestic mountains.
Overnights at tent

Day 11. Tsagaan Gol Valley (B/L/D)

Continue trekking for 18kms along the Tsagaan gol River through stunning valley to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain. The Shiveet Mountain is sacred to the Tuvan people and boasts many ibex. Each year the Tuvans climb to the mountain summit to make offering ceremony for the local ghosts. You have an opportunity to visit Ger of Mongol Tuvan family.
Overnights at tent

Day 12. Potanin Glacier base camp (B/L/D)

Start trek to the Holy Mounts Altai Tavan Bogd. We will reach to base camp on the edge of the Potaniin’s Glacier, at the foot of Malchin Peak. Enjoy an extraordinary view of the mountains and glacier. Distance of this day trek is approximately 16 km and will take about 5-6 hours for moderate walking.
Overnights at tent

Day 13. Malchin Peak (B/L/D)

Optional acclimatization ascent of the Malchin peak. Today we will have an optional acclimatization climb up at Malchin peak, that stretches for 4051m above sea level, as the lowest of the peaks around. This mountain lies along the borderline of Mongolia and Russia and offers a spectacular view over the Potanin’s glacier and snow peaked summits of Altai Mountain range.
Overnights at tent

Day 14. Last day trekking (B/L/D)

On our last day trekking we will trek along the Tsagaan River for 16kms about 4-5hours. In the evening our drivers and vans will come at our campsite.
Overnight at tent

Day 15. Drive back to Ulgii (B/L/D)

Drive back to Ulgii town as driving about 200kms for 7-8hours.
Overnight in tourist GER camp

Day 16. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel and free afternoon for your leisure time and shopping. Have a farewell dinner.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 17. Departure (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport or train station for your international departure

Tour available dates:

01 June – 15 October

Include:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur driven 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person

 Exclude:

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes of arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc...)
  • Optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

  • backpack or soft bag
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • hiking boots/shoes
  • rain jacket with hood
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • warm hat
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • spare glasses
  • insect repellent
  • plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • wet tissues
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number