Join us for an unforgettable journey across Bayan Ílgii, Mongolia. Experience the hiking and sights of the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, the Potanin Glacier, Malchin Peak, the White River Valley, and the Bear Valley, which is inaccessible except for two months of the year. Meet local Tuvan people who are famous for their nomadic lifestyle and shamanistic heritage. Trek through these rarely seen natural beauties supported by local guides. Stay at the Khoton and Khurgan Lakes, where you can fish, swim, and enjoy the waterfall. Afterwards we will visit the families of the famous eagle hunters. Here experience the best of the eagle hunters’ lifestyle and experience their culture and traditions firsthand. In Ílgii visit the Kazakh Museum and the bazaar, the local open-air market. For dinner, we will visit a local restaurant and for a farewell dinner.
DAY 1. Arrive in Bayan Olgii Province, home of the local Kazakh people who are famous for their ancient eagle hunting culture. The plane ride takes around 3 hours. At the airport, you will meet our team, your English-speaking tour guide, cook(s), and driver, who has a 4x4 vehicle. Drive to Oigor Valley, the east gate of Altai TavanBogd National Park.
DAY 2. Hiking. After breakfast, travel to base camp about 16 kilometers away. All supplies (baggage, camping supplies) will be transported by camel. The lunch will be picked up and eaten hallway through the trek with a stunning view. Stay a night at base camp 3100 meters above sea level.
DAY 3. Climb to Malchin Peak. It will take around 6 hours for the trek. The peak is incredibly famous for its view into Russia and also because climbing equipment is not necessary. Explore the Potanin Glacier 23 kilometers square. Stay a night in the tent.
DAY 4. Go down to the White River Valley (South gate). The valley is beautiful and inhabited by the local Tuvan people. The trip is about 18 kilometers.
DAY 5. Hiking to Black Valley. Stay a night with the Tuvan people in tents. Be introduced to the Tuva lifestyle and enjoy a traditional meal.
DAY 6. Pass through Takhilt Pass, the high pass between the lake and the basecamp as you enter Bear Valley. One of most beautiful valleys in the region. Only in middle of summer and only by horse or trekking is it possible to go through and no vehicle can drive here. Here it is possible to see wildlife such as the red deer, fox, bear and many birds.
DAY 7. Aral Hill trek. Hiking through the trees as your make your way out of Bear Valley. See the green lake and leave white valley.
DAY 8. Biluu Hill. Go by the lake that continues from Aral Hill to Biluu Hill. There we will enjoy a beautiful view and go fishing and swimming.
DAY 9. Drive back to Ílgii.On the way visit nomadic eagle hunter’s family. Explore the best of the nomadic lifestyle, ancient culture and the traditional ways of training the Golden Eagle. Stay the night in Ílgii in a hotel. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10. Fly back to UB