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Mongolian Altai Adventure

Itinerary for Mongolian Altai Adventure


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please note that this riding tour may be done in reverse for operational reasons.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. Tour briefing, followed by dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Ulaanbaatar

Day 2: Tsambagarav Mountain via Ölgii
After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the Chinggis Khaan airport for domestic flight to Ölgii. After arrival in Ölgii, we’ll transfer you to Tsambagarav Mountain’s Namarjin Valley. Our camp consists of guest tent-tipi plus more tents for kitchen, restaurant and staff use. The camp location is at the foot of the eternally snow-capped mountains of Tsast and Tsambagarav. You can visit the local Ööld ethnic people.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Namarjin Valley Camp

Day 3: To Tavan Belchir
On this day, we’ll start our horseback journey. We’ll ride for 20 to 25km to the Tavan Belchir area to the north of the Tsambagarav Mountain National Park through a mountain valley. Picnic lunch en route. Tsambagarav Mountain has eternally snow-capped peaks, 4025 meters above sea level. We will circle the Mountain and ride back to camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Tavan Belchir Camp

Day 4: To Ulaan Suhait Valley
Today, we continue our horseback journey by riding through the Salhit Valley and reaching the Sair Mountain’s Ulaan Suhait Valley. There is a chance to see wildlife such as Siberian ibex, wild mountain goats etc. You can also visit local Kazakh ethnic nomad families.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ulaan Suhait Valley Camp

Day 5: To Döröö Lake
We continue our ride through the Sair Mountain and on to the Döröö Lake located near the Deluun soum of Bayan-Ölgii province. We will ride on a big mountain and may encounter some nomadic families along the way. At the lake, there’s chance for you to see some of the rare species of birds.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Döröö Lake Camp

Day 6: Ride Around Döröö Lake
We ride the horses and circle the Döröö Lake and explore the area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Döröö Lake Camp

Day 7: To Hökh Serkh Mountain
After breakfast, we’ll continue our ride near the Teregt Valley in the Hökh Serkh Mountain National Park area. Picnic lunch en route. We’ll ride out of the Mountain valley and into the great steppe of the Western Mongolia. There’s a chance to see wildlife such as the Argali Sheep and Corsac Foxes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hökh Serkh Mountain Camp

Day 8: To Ikh Yamaat Valley
Today, we’ll ride through the Teregt Valley and on to the Hökh Serkh National Park’s Ikh Yamaat Valley to the South. This area is rich of Siberian Ibex and other wildlife.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ikh Yamaat Valley Camp

Day 9: Ikh Yamaat Valley
After breakfast, we’ll explore the Ikh Yamaat Valley. This area is rich with wildlife such as Siberian Ibex and Golden eagles. There are also a few snow leopards. After lunch at the mobile camp we’ll ride to the Deluun soum and visit a local Eagle Hunter family.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ikh Yamaat Valley Camp

Day 10: To Hovd
After breakfast, we’ll depart to the province center of Hovd. After lunch at Hovd, we’ll explore the center of province and visit the local Museum of Multi-Ethnic Culture.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hovd Camp

Day 11: To Ulaanbaatar
After early breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the local domestic airport for flight back to Ulaanbaatar. After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel for a check-in. Free time in the city.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Ulaanbaatar

Day 11: Departure
Transfer out to your next destination.
Meals included: Breakfast

Naadam Games Extension

July 10th: Ulaanbaatar
Conclusion of horseback riding trip after breakfast. Today, one day before the National Naadam officially begins, we will drive out of the city and attend smaller, more intimate "country-style" Naadam festivals, usually held in three communities some 50-60km away. This failing, the big horse races also start on the Hui Doloon Hudag plains today. In the countryside you have the chance to get up close to the horse races, and also to the wrestling matches. Local people usually wear their finest traditional dresses, adding to the colorful, festive atmosphere. We have a picnic lunch nearby and head back to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon.

July 11th: Ulaanbaatar
Today Naadam is officially opened by the President of Mongolia. Soldiers on horseback, dressed in warrior regalia, ceremonially bring Genghis Khan's nine white horsetail banners from the parliament, where they are normally displayed, to the stadium. We will attend the impressive opening ceremony, after which the first round of wrestling will immediately follow. In most years 512 wrestlers from all over Mongolia compete, but in some years there are 1024! There are no judges, no time limits and no weight limits. We may try and attend the archery competitions (if not done the previous day) and later make our way out to the steppe area on the fringes of the city, where the horse races take place. We visit the nomadic tented camps that have sprung up, and experience a concentrated version of nomadic Mongolia. Herdsmen have come with their horses and all provisions for the festivities, which of course include airag (koumiss; fermented mares milk) for the merry making. Stroll around the area and you are likely to be invited in somewhere. You may also try your luck at the finals of the horse races, but prior instructions are necessary, since the finishing line of a full horse race of several hundred, is a potentially hazardous environment.

July 12th: Ulaanbaatar
Our services end after breakfast (and transfer to the airport if applicable), as we have covered all aspects and the highlights of Naadam by now. You may of course remain in the city to attend the final rounds of wrestling and the awards, or continue for one of our trips further into the great Mongolian void. You need to be attentive with hotel reservations and advise us early if intending to stay beyond mid-day.
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Mongolian Altai Adventure
Tour Code: IT-MNRT09
12 days / 11 nights
Dates : June to August

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2024 06/01 - 08/31 12d / 11n 12 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Mongolian Buryat Soldier Saddles
Horses: Mongolian
Pace: All gaits / around 6-7 hours in the sa...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN)
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