Welcome to Altai

The dirt road out of town toward Biger from Altai takes you through a rugged landscape pock-marked with crude, unlicensed gold mines. You'll see families living out of tents, digging through spring-fed creek beds, hunting for gold flakes. In a parched region like this, it's not a happy sight.

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$3422 Cultural & Theme Tours


Day 1: Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the company guide meets you at the airport/train station and transfers to a hotel in the downtown of UB city. After refreshment and short rest, the tour starts with city tour to the Museum of National History with displays related with Mongolian history and its splendid collection of Mongolian traditional costumes exhibits. If time permits evening tour around of UB. Overnight at 3* hotel. (L,D) Day 2: Ulaanbaatar/Hovd/Hoid tsenher cave/Rock paintings of Yamaan us. Early in the morning transfer to the airport and fly to Hovd city (3 hrs). The Hovd city is the center of 17 minority nationalities of Mongolia. Sightseeing in Hovd city, visit museum, main square and after lunch before drive to the Yamaan Us where can see ancient rock paintings (250km’s), visit black market for purchase items for your own use. On the way to Yamaan Us visit Hoid Tsenher cave. Hoid Tsenher is one of the largest caves in Mongolia. Late afternoon arrive at Yamaan Us where you will be welcomed by local horsemen and local guides. The Yamaan Us, or Goat Water Rock Drawings, are located in a narrow valley east of Uench. There are several hundred drawings on the cliff dated to the Late Bronze or Early Iron Age. Set up a camp. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)Day 3: Unech canyon. Morning meet companions for the next days – horses. Today short horse trekking to familiarize and get to know the behavior of Mongolian horses. For the following days we will horse trekking up to the Uench valley and on final day will be rewarded by reaching to the top of mountain and overnight in the bank of fresh water lake. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)  Day 4-7: Uench canyon. Sunrise and sunset in Altai mountains is a moment that you never should miss. Spend four days with nomads and experience their tradition. Average distance of the horse trekking is 10-25 km’s each day. This trip not only gives you an opportunity to be a part of nomads life but also horse riding through a scenic landscape and formation is an another gem of the tour. This tour gives you a high opportunity to see and track wild animals. The best time to see them is in the early morning and late evening. (B,L,D)Day 8: Drive back to Khovd city, fly to Ulaanbaatar. Relax at the hotel and free time at leisure. (B,L,D)Day 9: City tour with visit to Gandan Monastery, Fine Art Museum, State Department store and cultural performance show - followed by farewell dinner. (B,L,D)Day 10: Departure.

$630 Cultural & Theme Tours

Altai mountain, Western Mongolian tours

Here is most suggested, all combined tour itinerary "Taste of Altai and Western Mongolia in 8 Days"Day 1: Arrive to Olgii, the administration center of Bayan-Olgii province. The majority of the population of the region are ethnic Kazakhs. At the airport you will welcomed by your local team, driver, guide and expedition cook. We will head to south entrance of Altai Tavan Bogd NP. Total drive 6 hours. Stay overnight at tent. B/L/DDay 2: Today we will hike to base camp. All baggage will be transported by camels. This is one of the main highlight in Mongolia. Enjoy a panoramic view to Altai mountains and Potanin glacier. Total hike 5-6 hours. Stay overnight at tent. B/L/DDay 3: Climb to Malchin peak, which located right on borderline between Mongolia and Russia. You have opportunity to enjoy breathtaking view to both country on top. Back to base camp. Total hike 6 hours. Stay overnight at tent. B/L/DDay 4: Go back to entrance of NP, this time we will take a different trail along the White-river. The colorful dust from glacier makes water a milky white. After arrival if you prefer we offer you to hike another 2 hours to see a Green lake. Total hike 6 hours. Stay overnight at tent. B/L/DDay 5: Today we will drive to lake side. On way we will stop for explore ancient cemeteries and Stone-man from Turk empire. Enjoy a wonderful wild nature of Khoton lake. Swimming and fishing day. Total drive 5 hours. Stay overnight at tent. B/L/DDay 6: Hike to Biluu hill, enjoy a surrounded land. Explore Petroglyphs from Bronze age. Afternoon we will drive further about one hour and will hike up to Waterfall, which takes around 3 hours in total. Visit an nomadic eagle hunter. Explore the unique culture of hunting with special trained Golden Eagles, Enjoy hospitality of locals. Total hike 5 hours. Stay overnight at ger. B/L/DDay 7: Drive back to Olgii. Visit a local Bazaar and Museum. Farewell dinner at restaurant. Total drive 6 hours. Stay overnight at hotel. B/L/DTour price included:-All accommodations (ger, tent, hotel) -All transportations-Local team: driver, guide and cook.-National park permit and fees-Camel support-Food and drinks (three time meal per day, snacks and water)-All camping and cooking equipment.Tour price excluded:-Domestic flight tickets-Alcohol drinks-Personal needsNotice: The best time to travel starts from July to September. This is a short itinerary and more activities included in. The tour itinerary is fixable and you always welcome to make change in Duration or Activities. B/L/D Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

$500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park in 6 days

Day 1: Arrive to Olgii, At the airport you will meet your tour guide, driver and cook. The all camping equipment are already packed and loaded to cars, we are ready head to Altai mountains! You always welcome to ask for stop and photographing the land. Today we will stay in White-river valley, this is camping side of NP and south entrance.  Day 2: Base camp. Today we will head to base camp of Altai mountain. You have opportunity to go up by horseback or take a walk. All baggage will transported by camels. Enjoy breathtaking view to Altai mountains. Explore Potanin glacier which is one of the biggest in central Asia. Stay overnight at tent. Day 3: Today we will back to White river valley, and will take different trail than we came. The color of river is milky white and it is not drinkable. After arrival to camp side if you still have more energy, we suggest you take a another two hours walk to Green lake side. Day 4: Drive to Khoton lake. Explore ancient cemeteries and Stone-mans which belongs to Turk empire. The Koton lake is one of the most beautiful place  western Mongolia.  Day 5: After breakfast we will hiking surround and explore petroglyphs from Bronze Age. Also you can swim to lake. Afternoon we will visit an eagle hunter's family. Discover unique culture of eagle hunting. Drive back to Olgii. Farewell dinner at restaurant. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 6 Departure. Tour price included: -All transportation  - All accommodation -Camels and horses -Expedition team: guide, cook and driver -Food and drinks -National park permit and fees Tour price excluded: -Flight tickets -Alcohol drinks -Personal needs What to bring? Waterproof clothes, hiking shoes, sun screen and cream from mosquito, head light.  Notice: The tour itinerary is fixable and you can make change to duration or activities.

$670 Outdoor Activities

Altai trek, western Mongolia 10 days

Day 1. Arrive to Olgii, the land of Altai mountains and nomadic eagle hunters. Our team will welcome you from airport or bus station. Drive to Altai Tavan Bogd. White river valley- the south gate of National Park. Day 2. Base camp. Today we will head to base camp of Altai mountain. All baggage will be transported by camels. Enjoy breathtaking view of snow capped mountains. Day 3. Climb to Malchin peak which is famous with stunning view on top to Russian and Mongolian landscape. Back to camp side. Day 4. White river valley. The color of water is milky white and it is not drinkable. Day 5. Black valley. Belong to nomadic Tuvan ethnic people who are famous with their Shamanistic believe and throat sinning. Day 6. The Takhilt pass. One of the highest pass in our trip. The other side of valley start an untouched nature the Bear valley. Here you can see a wild animals. Day 7. Ah-Su region. Today camels will drop as to bridge and the vehicle will come over. Day 8. Khoton lake. Enjoy a stunning nature of pure water and gorgeous mountains. Today you have opportunity swim and fishing. Day 9. Visit an eagle hunter's family. Explore unique culture of hunting with special trained Golden Eagles. Waterfall hiking. Drive back to Olgii. Day 10. Departure. Tour price included: -all transportations -support team -all accomodations -national park permits and fees

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Day tour in Olgii

Day trip highlights: Visit Nomadic Eagle Hunter's family. Explore ancient culture of hunting with special trained golden eagles. Ride a horse and take a memorable pictures of eagle hunter. Also you can hold eagle on your arm and call it from hill side. Climb to mountain and enjoy panoramic view of landscape. Discover archaeological monuments from Bronze age and Turk empire. Visit Local Bazaar and Museum. For more activities you can choose to go to lake Tolbo or go for fishing.  In case if you have more than one day we can go to Altai mountains. Tours price included:- Driver with 4WD vehicle + Fueal- Visit Eagle Hunter's family- Lunch and dinnerTour price excluded:- Accommodation - Personal shopping

$820 Cultural & Theme Tours

Taste of western Mongolia, Package tour 9 days

Tour itinerary:D1 Arrive to Olgii. Welcome to land of gorgeous Altai Mountains. At the airport you will be welcomed by our team. Meet  ethnic Kazakh people who are famous with their ancient eagle hunting culture and hospitality. Drive around 6 hours to White River valley, this is south entrance of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. /tent/ B,L,D D2 Today we will head to base camp by horseback. If you didn't ride a horse before, that is fine the horses are well trained and mostly serve for tourists. Once we are at base camp, you can enjoy panoramic view of Altai mountains which included highest peak in Mongolia and Potanin glacier. /tent/ B,L,D D3 Climb to Malchin peak. The peak is located right on borderline between Mongolia and Russia. Also it is possible to climb up without any special climbing equipment. Total hiking takes over 7 hours up and down. It is important  good weather for climbing, so there are other activities to do instead of climbing which are absolutely same highlight. You can choose between visit  Mongolia- Russian border monument or explore Potanin glacier. /tent/ B,L,D D4  White River valley.Today we will back down along the White river and you will enjoy stunning nature with milky white river and snow capped mountain on background. On our arrival if you prefer more hiking, we recommend you visit Green Lake which is about 2 hours walk in total. /tent/ B,L,D D5 Trekking to Black River valley. In both of these valley lives nomadic Tuvan people. Who have a own language, culture and Shamanism believe. Visit a Tuvan family and learn more about their way of living. Total trekking takes around 6 hours. /tent/ B,L,D D6 Trekking to Bear Valley. This is one of the most beautiful valley in Mongolia. And it is only possible in summer time. The narrow valley with stunning wild nature. Nobody lives in this valley and you probably will see a wild animal like a deer or fox. /tent/ B,L,D D7 Today we will hike over 3 hours than switch to car and drive around 2 hours. Set our camp by the Khoton lake. Climb to Biluu hill which takes only couple hours and you will have panoramic view of surrounding. Also enjoy a pertoglyphs from Bronze Age. /tent/ B,L,D D8 Visit nomadic Eagle hunter's family. After breakfast we will drive over one hour and visit a nomadic eagle hunter's family. The ethnic Kazakh people have an ancient hunting culture with specially trained golden eagle. Explore more about eagle hunting and have memoriable picture with eagle landed on your arms. /yurt/ B,L,D D9 Drive back to Olgii. Visit main highlights of city. Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Stay overnight in hotel /hotel/ B,L,D D10 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.