Go into the heart of Mongolian wilderness on this five-day trekking tour through Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, one of Mongolia's most exciting natural wonders. You'll spend three days hiking in the park and taking in the pristine beauty of this protected land. You'll also immerse in Mongolian culture with a visit to an eagle hunter village and an overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian gert.

Highlights

  • Star-gaze at Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Climb one of the five peaks of the Tavan Bogd Mountains
  • Meet Mongolian eagle hunters
  • Spend the night in a traditional gert camp

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar to Bayan-Ulgii Altai Tavan Bogd
Day 2 Hike to Tavan Bogd Base Altai Tavan Bogd
Day 3 Climb Malchin Peak Altai Tavan Bogd
Day 4 Hike to White Water River Valley Ulgii
Day 5 Fly to Ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar city

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar to Bayan-Ulgii

Altai Mountains
Tavan Bogd Mountains

Get ready for a unique cultural adventure into the heart of western Mongolia! On the first day of your trip, a driver will take you to the airport and help you board a domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Bayan Ulgii

After arrival, you will spend most of the rest of the day traveling by 4-wheeler to your camp in the heart of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Your guide and driver will set up camp as you settle down for the night under the immense starry night sky.

Day 2: Hike to Tavan Bogd Base

The perpetually snow-covered Tavan Bogd Mountains
The snow-covered Tavan Bogd Mountains

Rise bright and early for a full day of hiking. You'll approach the magnificent Tavan Bogd Mountains on foot. Set on the border of China and Russia, these mountains are considered one of Mongolia's natural treasures. Rising at 14,350ft (4,374m), their Khuiten Peak is the country's highest point.

Once you have reached the base, you will set up camp and enjoy another night at the natural park.

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Day 3: Climbing to Malchin Peak

Camping in Altai National Park
Camping in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Malchin (herders) Mountain is perhaps the most exciting peak in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. It is the only peak of the Tavan Bogd Mountains that is accessible without technical equipment, so even hikers with little experience can enjoy it in all its wonder. Weather-permitting, you will hike to the peak for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mongolian landscape. Once you've taken in the scenery, you can walk back down with your guide, arriving back to camp in the evening for a hearty supper.

Day 4: Hike to White Water River Valley

Mongolian ger camp
Mongolian ger camp

Spend your final day in the beautiful national park on a short but sweet hike to Tsagaan Gol (White River). Take in the gorgeous views as much as you can before beginning the journey back to Ulgii. On the way back, you'll stop in an eagle hunters’ village to learn about this nomadic group's unique way of life. You'll spend the night in a local ger camp, the traditional tents Mongolian nomads have used for centuries.

Day 5: Fly Back to Ulaanbaatar

Ulaabaatar, the Mongolian capital
Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital

This morning, you'll board an early flight back to Ulaanbaatar. 

If you are spending more time in the city, a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation. Otherwise, we wish you safe travels on your next adventure!

Map

Map of Western Mongolia Trek: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park - 5 Days
Map of Western Mongolia Trek: Altai Tavan Bogd National Park - 5 Days