CULTURE EXPRESS RIDES
15 days/14 nights
Description: Be ready to go to the discovery of the Tsaachins. This mythic ethnic will welcome you in their home place near the Khuvsgul Lake. You will spend days in their tribe, learning their everyday life and their traditions like riding reindeer, milking reindeer, processing skins /among others…/ while enjoying the beautiful nature. You will also have the possibility to ride around the taiga, and the Darkhad depression.
Accommodation: 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar for 2 nights, 6 nights in GER (Mongolian traditional felt accommodation), 2 nights in tent, 4 nights in tee pee (Tsaachin people’s dwelling).
Guide: English speaking guide (other language speaking guide is upon request), mountain guide.
Day 1. Drive to Kharkhorin
We will drive to Kharkhorin where the oldest and one of the most attractive monasteries Erdene Zuu locates. On the way to Kharkhorin we will have lunch in the local restaurant. The Erdenezuu monastery was established in 1585 by Abtai Sain King and built by Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese architects.
Day 2. Drive to Terkh White Lake
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake is an astonishingly beautiful lake with relatively pure fresh water. Torrents of lava issuing from the Khorgo volcano blocked the north and south Terkh Rivers, so forming the dammed lake of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake at an altitude of 2060 meters above sea level. The lake is 16 km wide, 4-10 meters deep with its deepest point at 28 meters and over 20 kilometers in length. It flooded 61,1 square km. The lake supports Pike and other fish.
Day 3. Horseback riding or hike to Khorgo Uul volcano (2.965m)
Khorgo Mountain is an extinct volcano, which lies east of the Terkh White Lake. The Khorgo volcano is covered with basalt. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered fauna and flora. The mountain enjoys State protection as a National Park of 28 square kilometers including Togoo Uul which reaches 2240 meters above sea level, the volcano crater of the Togoo Uul is 200 meters wide and 100 meters deep.
Day 4. Encounter the Khangai mountain range and pass Solongot and Zagastai Mountain passes.
Day 5. Drive to Uliastai town, a center of Zavkhan province.
This province lies in the Khangai mountain range. Reach Otgontenger peak (4021m), which is one of the Sacred Mountains declared by the Mongolian State. Those sites are treated with utmost respect. Within the vicinity of these sites, the cutting of trees, hunting of wild animals or digging of the land is prohibited. Dating back to pre-Buddhist animist beliefs, these taboos serve the double purpose of worship and protecting the surrounding environment. Later incorporated into Buddhism, people continue to practice these traditions nowadays.
Day 6. Drive to Khar Lake /Black Lake/
Drive to Khar Lake /Black Lake/ - another wonder of natural beauty. This lake occupies 40 sq.km areas, and surrounded by magic sand hills that its beauty could impress one. The lake reaches 40m deep point. Hiking in vicinity areas.
Day 7. Arrive in Songino village.
Visit to local herders’ settlement to have full interacted with nomads. You have an opportunity to enjoy these days at the nomadic settlement familiarizing with its lifestyle. Explore Airag valley and visit a site of ancient stone monuments.
Day 8-9. Drive to the west heading to the Uvs province
Drive to the west heading to the Uvs province - a chain of lakes, wetlands, sand dunes and high mountains. Arrive at Khyargas Lake – 2nd largest salts Lake of Mongolia. The lake has abundant fish and it is a nice stop for bird watching.
Day 10. Kharkhiraa Valley
Kharkhiraa Valley – a beautiful river valley surrounded by dense fine forests meadows carpeted colorful wild flowers. Twin peaks of Kharkhiraa Mountain (4037m) and Turgen Mountain (3978) dominate the area. People of Khoton ethnic group inhabit in this area. Arrive in Uureg lake which lies at the borders of Uvs and Bayan-Olgii provinces. The lake is surrounded by peaks with 3.000m height and more such as Tsagaan Shuvuut Mountain (3.496m) and is a great place for trekking, hiking and fishing.
Day 11-12. Enter Bayan-Ulgii province.
Unlike to other provinces its population is dominated by Turkic Kazakhs, which have their own language, customs and Muslim religion. On the way visit Kazakh family, living in slightly larger and colorful gers. They train eagles, falcons and hawks to collect marmots, small foxes and wolves and return to the ger, where the Kazakhs use them for food.
Day 13. We are entering Altai high mountain area
We are entering Altai high mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain- the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by the car. We are travelling at the altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit local kazakh family to explore their life as well as rent horses for our further trip. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trip to Altai peaks.
Day 14. The Altai Tavan Bogd Peaks
Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. Arrive at the foot of the high peaks. Tent
Day 15. Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier
Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier and The Tavan Bogd (means Holy Five Peaks) highest peaks in Mongolia - Khuiten Uul- 4374m, Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged and Peak Ulgii.Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. While trekking we will cross glaciers which connect those five peaks. Trekking distance 20km appr. Arrive at the camp.
Day 16. Back to Ulgii town
Day 17. Take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar from Ulgii town. Visit State department store for shopping souvenirs and presents. Evening cultural performance. Hotel.
The Tour Price includes:
- Driver + 4WD Vehicle + All Petrol
- English or Korean speaking Guide
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Vegetarian or vegan meal are possible)
- Water 1.5L daily
- All entrance fee
- Camel & Horse Riding
The Tour Price doesn't include:
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- Personal items and toiletry
- Optional activity costs
- 2 people 95 USD per person per day
- 3 people 80 USD p.p.p day
- 4 people 70 USD p.p.p day
- 5 people 64 USD p.p.p day
- 6 or more people 59 USD p.p.p day