Uvs province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region encompassing permanently snow-capped mountains, glaciers, torrential rivers, salt-water and freshwater lakes, sand dunes and a fantastic variety of animals and plants. The local people use camels as well as horses as working animals, and we will be accompanied by local guides on horseback with their camels which carry all the luggage and equipment. Our 8-day trek to Mount Kharkhiraa and Mount Turgen covers a distance of approximately 120km and includes two high passes at altitudes of 2930 metres and 2944 metres.
The luggage and camping equipment is carried by pack camels, who are always so photogenic. Watching the camel owners in the morning loading the camels is like watching a synchronised dance.
The highest two peaks of the permanently snow-capped Kharkhiraa mountains are Mount Kharkhiraa at 4037 meters above sea level and Turgen Uul mountain at 3965 meters.
During the brief summer, the high altitude valleys and hillsides display an amazing quantity and variety of wild alpine flowers including edelweiss, gentian, lilies and poppies. Sometimes it is like walking in a wild flower garden.
Much of the trek is alongside one or other of the rivers coming down from the glaciers amongst the mountains. The water is fast, pure and extremely cold; for river crossings we use horses.
A moderate level of fitness is required, but the hike is not too strenuous even at the higher levels. There are several deep river crossings, for which we get a lift on horseback. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and we have to be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer. Towards the end of the trek, as we get closer to the border with Kazakhstan, the people are Kazakh rather than Mongolian. It is fascinating to be invited into the homes of people along the way and to see how the ethnic groups differ in culture and tradition.
Domestic flight to Ulaangom. Start hiking from Uliastai valley, to Kharkhiraa mountains. Finish trek at Khotgor village.
Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Hike up to the pass for a great view of the Kharkhiraa range. Trek down to the 'Khukh Nuur' "Blue Lake" and around its shoreline. Overnight camping.
Hike over four low passes to reach the river where there are some ancient (7th and 8th century) 'Graves'. Continue along the valley and cross the river where the Turgen and Kharkhiraa rivers meet. Overnight camping.
Trek along the valley of the Kharkhiraa river, past a high wall of red cliffs and up to the foot of 'Kharkhiraa Pass' and set up camp in a dramatic valley surrounded by snow covered mountains. Overnight camping.
Hike up to 'Yamaatiin Davaa' pass, the highest point of the trek and down into Yamaatiin valley. Overnight camping.
Trek down this wonderful 'Yamaatiin Valley' whose flora and remarkable geological formations are in complete contrast to the landscape seen previously. Overnight camping.
Trek to Khotgor, a small 'Kazakh' coal mining village. Meet our driver and travel by jeep back to Ulaangom. Overnight hotel.
Morning at leisure to enjoy the shops and market, which seem much more sophisticated than they did when we arrived 8 days ago. Afternoon 'flight' to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight hotel.
Free day in Ulaanbaatar to enjoy the 'museums', art galleries, temples and restaurants. Overnight in hotel.
This tour will run with a minimum of 4 people
Accommodation on tour is always wild camping with no washing facilities
Domestic flight cabin luggage allowance is only 15kg
Excess luggage allowance costs per kg
Two nights in hotel Ulaanbaatar
One night in Ulaangom local hotel
We accept other major currencies
All meals on trek (not Ulaangom or Ulaanbaatar)
4 Nights Hotel (shared twin room)
Domestic return flight to and from Ulaangom
Hire of Tents (two people sharing)
Rent of pack camels and camel-men
Permit to entre strictly protected area
Airport transfers on days 1 and 12
Alcohol and Soft Drinks
Domestic flight to Western Mongolia
View from Uliastai pass
Ancient sculptures and graves
Glacial peaks at Kharkhiraa pass
Deglii Tsagaan lake
Yamaatiin pass and descent into valley
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We organize several fixed date group trips to Mongolia including mountain biking, motorcycling, horse riding, trekking and cultural trips. You are welcome to join as an individual or if there are several friends together. This is a good way to travel in Mongolia if you want the companionship of others and to meet some interesting people.
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Motorbike group tour to the Gobi Desert passing through South Gobi province.See More Information
Horse riding tour in the Orkhon valley of Central Mongolia where Genghis Khan made his capital.See More Information
Motorbike group tour in Eastern Mongolia to the place where Genghis Khan was born.See More Information
Naadam festival group tour in Central Mongolia includes the annual village summer sporting festival.See More Information
Short motorbike group tour to Terelj National Park and the eastern province of Khentii.See More Information
Camel trek in the Gobi Desert along the Gurvansaikhan mountain range.See More Information
Cultural adventure tour in Central Mongolia includes riding horses, camels and yak cart.See More Information
Our new motorbike group tour across Middle Gobi and Ovorkhangai provinceSee More Information
Overland group tour through Middle Gobi and down to the Gobi Desert in the south of Mongolia.See More Information
Middle Gobi motorcycle tour includes the monastery ruins at Ongii Hiid.See More Information
Adventurous trekking adventure in the mountains of western Mongolia using camels as pack animals.See More Information
Motorcycle group tour to the Khorgo Volcano and White Lake National Park in Central Mongolia.See More Information
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