Western Mongolia Trek to Mount Kharkhiraa

7 - 18 July 2017 only USD $3695

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 Pack Camels

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 Kharkhiraa Mountains

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.

Wild Flower Meadows

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.

Rivers of the Kharkhiraa Range

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.

Mount Kharkhiraa Trek Map

Domestic flight to Ulaangom. Start hiking from Uliastai valley, to Kharkhiraa mountains. Finish trek at Khotgor village.

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Day by Day Itinerary

THIS ITINERARY IS SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH A GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS WHO ENJOY WALKING UP TO 25 KM A DAY


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Tour Information:

   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
   All Transportation

   International Flight
   Visa Cost
   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
   Kazakh families



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What Our Customers Think

  • "We were very impressed with the organisation, variety of terrain and scenery, the food - delicious ! We think this just might be the best catered trip we have been on - the support, the bikes and their maintenance and the team in general. We will certainly be telling all our friends about how professional this trip was. We had a great time"

    Huw Williams (Wales)
  • We wish that we had more time to spend in Mongolia. What a fascinating place. Not only the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, but the many mini - Naadam Festivals we encountered in the countryside as well as the people and scenery were fantastic...

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  • "We really enjoyed our time in Mongolia with the off-road experience and closeness to nature. The experience at the family ger was an emotional one. It struck a chord with me, somewhere deep inside. I could see the sense in their simple way of life, which I have not really been able to see in ours in the west"

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  • "We really enjoyed all aspects of our trip. The itinerary was well organized. We felt like we had a good taste of the country. We especially liked meeting the nomadic family. The accommodations and food were all satisfying as well"

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  • The staff was extremely dedicated” and the bike route took us to places of extraordinary beauty and diverse landscape of Mongolia. This mountain biking trip certainly was the most challenging and memorable one so far...

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2017 Summer Group Tours

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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