Date: 11-23 July
Turgen and Kharkhiraa Trek – Twing Peaks
Highlights of Kharkhiraa and Turgen mountians of Mongolian Altai are snowcapped mountians,glaciers, ancient archeological sites, unique nomadic customs of local nomads as Dorvod, Hoton, Kazakh, Tuvan ethnic groups. This mountain range with eternal snow, glaciers, traces and signs of ancient ice covers, has well preserved due to constantly cold climate and cold winds. The area is inhabited with some endangered animals (such as Argali sheep, Ibex, Snow leapord and Altai snowcock) and plants (such as Dwarf Siberian Pine and White Gentiana).
Twing Peaks – Kharkhiraa and Turgen are located in Uvs aimag- northwestern province, bordered to the north by Russia, the east by Zavkhan province, the south by Hovd province and the west by Bayan-Ulgii province. Uvs, which means grass in Mongolain, is land of desert mountians and big lakes (including Uvs lake – the biggest lake in Mongolia).
July 11/Day 1: Arrive UB. Explore Chinggis Khan Complex and Naadam Festival
Arrive in UB airport and meet by our crew. Drive 2-3hrs (85km) to west through Ulaanbaatar and reach “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex”.
Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. Evening drive back to UB. Tarnsfer to 4* hotel. (LD)
July 12/Day 2: Naadam Festival Day
Naadam Festival is Mongolian major holiday and a wonderful time to experience the culture and people of this amazing land. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks and athletes before the real fun begins! In the Naadam Stadium, the three sporting passions of Mongolians, horse racing, wrestling and archery, are played out over 2 days.
But if you don’t want to watch sports all the time, there’s plenty to see and do outside – food, music, crafts or just watching people and culture. This is the best time to see the Mongolian people and soak up the party atmosphere! Overnight in 4* Kempinskii Hotel. (BLD)
July 13/Day 3: Fly to Olgii
Arrive Olgii airport, meet by our team and transfer to Blue Wolf restaurant. After lunch, tour brighfing and visit the local museum of Olgii town with comprenhensive information of flora and fauna of Bayan-Olgii aimag as well as it colourfull traditional costumes. Dinner with Kazakh Concert. Overnight in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)
July 14/Day 4: Drive to Tenuugiin Am
After early breakfast, we start our driving towards Twin Peak (Kharkhiraa-Turgen). On the way, stop for picnic lunch and some photoshooting near lake Achit.
Achit Nuur is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Mongolia. There are stunning sunsets and sunrises and good fishing for grayling, lenok, Altai osman and others. You can enjoy seeing spectacular and beautiful landscapes.
In the evening, we reach the valley-Tenuugiin gol. Meet our horserangers (Gantomor’s family).Visit local nomadic family and feel their grade hospitality. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 15/Day 5: Trek to Zuun Salaan Bleacher
Pack our luggage on packing camels and start our trekking. Walking by this valley, we need to cross several small mountain rivers. Overnight in tent. (BLD).
July 16/Day 6: Uliastai pass crossing (6-7hrs, 22-25kms, 2700m)
We will continue our horse riding up to Uliastai mountain pass,where you can have a nice view fo beautifull snow capped peaks, green valleys and lake, surrounded by colorfull red mountians. Walk down and picnic lunch on the shore of Khukh lake (Blue lake).This afternoon, we will trek along the lake and green valley. In the evening stop near Hujirt-small community centre. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 17/Day 7: Gyalsakh pass crossing (6-7hrs, 22-25kms, 2200m)
Horse riding by green open valley and over Gyalsakh pass. On the way, we will cross river –Delgermurun. In the evening, come near Turgen river. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 18/Day 8: Turgen mountians range (6-7hrs, 20kms, 2200-2400m)
Day excusion to one of the highest snow capped peaks of Turgen range,where you can see ever frozen snow and ice. Ride back to same campside. Visit nomadic families and taste nomadic milk products. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 19/Day 9: Five lakes (5-6hrs, 18kms, 3200-3400m)
Day hike towards 5 lakes, located at the altitude 3200m. Here you will enjoy snow capped high mountians, mountain lakes with blue-ice water, ice and snow, which are neighboring green grazes and colorfull wildflowers. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 20/Day 10: To Olon Nuuryn belcher (7-8hrs, 28kms, 2900m)
Long horse riding day. Cross Kharkhiraa river and ride towards Olon Nuuryn Belchir, where are numerous small lakes, feeding from raining and underground sources.Some year,depending on rains, numbers of the lakes reach up-to 80. An half of the route will go through sloping landscape since flat area is muddy and wet dominated. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
July 21/Day 11: Drive back to Ulgii
Full day drive(5-6hrs) to Ulgii town. Overnight in Blue Wolf gercamp.(B,L,D)
July 22/Day 12: Fly to UB
Early breakfast and transfer to Ulgii airport and take a flight UB. Meet by our guide and transfer to 4* hotel. (B)
July 23/Day 13: Depart UB
Early breakfast and transfer to UB. Depart UB. (B)
Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid-September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5° of Celsius during a nights/
What to bring:
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications, (if needed),
Money belt and small padlocks
Day-pack for use on day or overnight excursions
Torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Warm clothes – when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Price: 2950 USD
Includes: English speaking guide, 4×4 trasnfers, ULN-ULG-ULN flights, 3 meals per day, overnights in 4* hotel (3nts), tents (7nts) and gercamp (2nts) , camping equipment (sleeping tent with mattress and bag), horse rangers, riding horses and pack camels.
Excludes: Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 270 USD.