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TREKKING KHARKHIRAA TURGEN MOUNTAIN RANGE

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15-05-2019
Availability : All monts
Ulaan-Baatar
Uvs region
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 12

Tour Details

This itineraries of 14 days, where 8 days of trekking takes you into the Uvs wilderness northwest of the country, not far from Siberia. This province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region of 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.
A moderate level of fitness is required, but the hike is not too strenuous even at the higher levels. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and we have to be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer.

Additional Information

Difficulty: 4/5 – Sports Travel!
Average: 5 to 6 hours of walking a day, mostly off-trail or on rough terrain. Up to 25 km a day so little gradient.
Ascents: be prepared at relatively long climbs. Max. 1000 m of elevation gain during the day.
Altitude: 3000 m.
Portage: small knapsack for picnic, water and personal belongings, the rest is carried by pack camels.
This trek presents no technical difficulty, but requires good physical condition and experience of hiking in the mountains.
Also: the itinerary may be slightly modified depending on the location of the nomad camp of Davaa’s family. We will remain vigilant to maintain maximum balance in the intensity of hiking days.

SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Experienced driver with private vehicle 4WD vehicle on field trip, gasoline, road taxes
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at the hotel, 1 nights at the local hotel, 2 nights in a nomad family, 7 nights tent camping
  • English /french/ speaking interpreter–guide
  • Full board during the stay ( mongolian and western dishes )
  • Mineral water, tea, coffee durning the trip
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Pack camels
  • Excursions as per itinerary (museums and monasteries) and entrance fees, evening cultural show by Tumen Ekh Folklore Ensemble, local taxes and admission fees.
  • Transport to/from airport

SERVICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance and repatriation
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Your personal expenses during the trip
  • Tips
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Day 1Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to your hotel. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meters high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Chinggis Khan monument on the Chinggis Khan square and the Museum of National History. In the evening, you will enjoy a Mongolian folk Music and Dance Performance. Then welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant.

Day 2Ulaanbaatar – Flight to Ulaangom – Lake Blue

Today we will take the plane for Ulaangom, capital city of Uvs province. After 3 hours of flying we will reach the airport of Ulaangom where vehicles will be waiting for us. Then our vehicle will transfer you in Davaa’s family, local guide who will accompany you during the hike.
His ger is located near the “Lake Blue”, one of the sparkling lakes of the famous “The Great Lakes Depression”.

Day 3-4“Lake Blue” – Valley of the Kharkhiraa

Today after a good breakfast at our host family we will load our packs on the camels and horses. We will start trekking along the shores of the Lake Blue and cross several small passes. This lake is a beautiful small alpine lake with crystal clean water. The area offers amazing views. Facing you at the end of the valley emerge Kharkhiraa the mountains to the south, and Turgen mountains to the north.
Along the path of the stone circles indicate the graves of ancient warriors dating back to the Bronze Age. You are in a semi-desert landscape with a series of terraces overlooking the river. You reach the confluence of the two rivers forming the Kharkhiraa.

Day 5Valley of the Kharkhiraa – Source of Kharkhiraa

Continuation in the upper valley of the Kharkhiraa you discover the ocher cliffs. You spend close to winter sheep pens surrounded by stones. With the approach of its source, the river enters in a small canyon. You progress to the heart of a tundra landscape. Then we will install our tent at the foot of Kharkhiraa Mountains.

Day 6 Glacier in the Kharkhiraa

Climb to the foot of Mount Kharkhiraa glacier. You move on stony ground, slightly unstable. We will cross a pass to reach the open Kharhiraa plateau, a plateau surrounded by glaciers. Those glaciers are the sources of the Kharhiraa River. Magnificent view of Mount Kharkhiraa and several mountain lakes. Also, you will see snow-capped Mount of Tsambagarav culminating at over 4000 meters, a hundred kilometers away. Return to the tent camp.

Day 7Kharkhiraa – Turgen River

Today we will cross the massive of the north-west towards to Mount Turgen. Rebound in the Turgen Valley by terraces and small marshy plains where torrents flow is. Bivouac on the foothills of Turgen Mountains.

Day 8Glacier of Mount Turgen

Climbing through a landscape of rocky ledges and tundra. You will discover small springs and glacial lakes. At the foot of the glacier, spectacular views of the mountains rising in the middle of the steppes. A clear day, you distinguish the Lake Achit.
Return to the tent camp.

Day 9-10Turgen – “Blue Lake”

Back to Davaa’s family, it will be a two-day trek on foot. You hike to the heart of a barren landscape of steep mountains, crossed by numerous streams and rivers. Passing multiple passes. You reach Chigagchin, the summer camp of nomads, the afternoon of the first day.

Day 11 “Blue Lake”

Day of rest and relaxation at the edge of the “Blue Lake”. Swimming in the lake. Observation of daily tasks and life of nomadic breeder.

Day 12“Blue Lake” – Lake Uvs – Ulaangom

Goodbye to your local guide and his family. Drive to Lake Uvs, the biggest lake in Mongolia. This huge salt lake situated amidst a desert area gives the impression of an inland sea because we do not distinguish the opposite bank. It is frequented by migratory birds. Then arrive in Ulaangom in the afternoon. Walk through the village and the local market.

Day 13Ulaangom – Ulaanbaatar

Today we will fly back in Ulaanbaatar. You will have an opportunity to shop at cashmere and souvenir shops.
Farewell dinner with your interpreter and driver in a Mongolian restaurant.

Day 14Departure

Transfer to the airport