Mongolia’s western provinces are some of the richest in cultural diversity. You can find Mongolian and Kazakh, Tuvan and Oirats living side by side. Here, where Mongolia frontiers with Russia and China, guarded by the snow capped peaks of the Altai mountain range, highest in the country, the Eagle Hunters have made their home. Explore this unique and grand landscape, staying with families who still practice the ancient art of Eagle Hunting. Trek to the base camp of the formidable Khuiten peak climb and taste what it is like to be a mountaineer on the easy going Malchin trek, suitable for beginners. You can hike over the longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier, stretching for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. Local Tuvan herders will travel with you as your camel caravan handlers and will make an unforgettable company and share their culture and traditions with you.
Group Tour Dates: 30 June – 8 July 2018
Private departures available June-September
- Witness the unique ancient tradition of hunting with Eagles and stay with a Kazakh family (hunting only from Sept. or later).
- Travel to some of the most beautiful and sublime places in Mongolia, including the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains.
- Learn about the different cultures, from Mongolian to Kazakh by spending time with different nomadic families.
- Trek with a camel caravan to the base camp of the challenging Khutien peak climb
- Hike over Mongolia’s biggest glacier.
PROGRAM: Altai Eagle Hunter Experience with Malchin Trek
Day 1 – Fly 3 hours to Bayan-Ulgii Province. Ulgii is one of the most diverse towns in Mongolia, the home of the Mongolian Kazakh
population (5%). Here you can visit a mosque and see the variety of different cultures. Begin the drive to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, stopping at the Mogoit River to camp overnight.
Day 2 – Drive to White River Valley, the gateway to the Altai Mountains. Check in at the border post and enter the border zone between Mongolia, China and Russia. White River valley is dominated by the sacred Shiveet mountain, around which lie hundreds of ancient burial mounds and rock carvings that represent art of the Bronze age and the Neolithic period. Camping in shared tents.
Day 3 – Trek Day 1: Today you begin the ascent to the base camp of the Tavan Bogd Mountain. Hike between 4-6 hours with breaks to the main base camp of Altai Tavan Bogd. With a bit of luck you will see some of the wildlife that inhabit the area including marmots, hares and a number of birds such as Golden Eagles, Black Vultures and Falcons. Your luggage will be transported by camels handled by Tuvan herders. Today you will see the impossing Alexander and Potanin Glaciers and get close up views of the Khuiten (4374m), Nairamdal (4082m), Snowchurch (4071m), Malchin (4050m), and Ulgii (4113m) peaks. Camping in shared tents.
Day 4 – Trek Day 2: At 4051m Malchin is the lowest of the peaks but allows for a spectacular non-technical climb. We hike along the Potanin glacier moraine for an hour and start climbing on the scree of Malchin. Its ridgeline overlaps with the borderline of Mongolia and Russia and provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Potanin glacier, glaciated peaks and Russia. Return to base camp. Camping in tents.
Day 5 – Trek Day 3. Today you can do a relaxed trek along a neighbouring ridgeline along the Russian border. This is a gentle hike with no technical climbing, but well worth it on clear days for the spectacular views into Russia. Camping in tents.
Day 6 – Trek Day 4: Today we trek back to the White River valley. We will visit a Kazakh Eagle hunting family and join them for a hearty evening meal. Camping in shared tents next to nomadic family.
Day 7 – Spend the morning with the family before continuing to the beautiful lakes called Khoton and Khurgan. Spend a relaxing
evening either camping or with a local family. These beautiful freshwater lakes are teaming with fish and are a particularly beautiful place for hiking.
Day 8 – Hike to the glacial formed waterfall in the Baga Turgen valley and explore the lake and forests. Drive to Ulgii in the
evening. Overnight in local hotel.
Day 9 – Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel.
OUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES:
English speaking guide, private vehicle and fuel, domestic flights to and from Western Mongolia, accommodation as specified above, meals as per itinerary, guided trek, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment etc), cook and support team during trek, pack camels and guides, all entrance fees and taxes, drinking water.
1960 USD per person
Please contact Bold and Anna to get the full itinerary or to make modifications to meet your needs.
Minimum number of people to operate tour: 3