General information about trips

We offer you a distinctive range of tours and expeditions in all corners of Mongolia. Join one of our scheduled group tours or ask us for a customized tour especially designed for your private group. Our trips are designed to accommodate two general levels of comfort and activities. To help you make the right choice please read the following descriptions.

Tours with “G” code
For those wishing more comfortable lodging, we have trips offering ger camp accommodation. Gers, the traditional felt structures of nomads are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated and with beds and bedding provided.  In addition to offering washrooms with showers and flush toilets, these camps also have a dining Ger, a perfect way to gather and socialize while enjoying fine dining.  “G” trips are appropriate for any age or level of fitness.  We may suggest a day hike or offer an opportunity to ride horses or camels as part of the trip. These activities are not arduous or demanding.

Expeditions with “E” code
Expedition tours travel to the remote corners of Mongolia where there aren’t many tourist facilities. On expedition tours, we offer camping in tents for some of the nights. Mats and blankets are provided for extra warmth; participants bring their own sleeping bags.  We also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs.  A toilet tent is also set up and a shower tent when possible.
Adventure activities offered on expeditions are of moderate to advanced level of difficulty. Mongolian horses are small but with good stamina, well tempered and relatively easy to handle. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have ridden a few times before, you are eligible for a horseback-riding trip. We provide Australian saddles for riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels in Mongolia are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary.

Making a Booking

When you have decided on the trip that is right for you, simply submit a booking form online. As soon as we receive your booking form and your deposit, you will receive a letter of confirmation. Further important advice and information about your visit will be sent in due course.

Making a Payment

A non-refundable deposit of USD200 will secure your place on the tour. The balance should be paid no later than 2 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia. Payments can be made by wire transfer to our bank account in Mongolia, or by credit card. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and JCB.

Insurance

All our trips include a travel medical insurance for the scheduled duration of your trip, from the date of your arrival until the day of your departure. This insurance has a value up to USD30.000 to cover the cost of medical services taken in Mongolia including air evacuation within the territory of Mongolia. However, we encourage all clients to make their own travel insurance as well.

Liabilities

  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to cancel trips when there are less than 3 bookings. Trip members will be given a choice between paying a surcharge to run the trip with less than 3 people, selecting another trip or cancelling their trip. Should cancellation be necessary the client's payment will be 100% refunded or used to build another trip's price.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to change the date or itinerary of trips without a prior notice to clients.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for the misoperation of the trip caused by factors beyond the control of Mongol Khan Expeditions.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred outside of Mongolia as well as for evacuation out of Mongolia. It’s a client’s responsibility to be covered from those potential expenses by his or her own insurance.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, no cancellation fee will be charged. All monies will be refunded except for your non-refundable deposit of USD200.
If you cancel between 6 to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The remaining 70% will be refunded to the client.
If you cancel between 3 to 1 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the trip will be charged.
If you cancel less than a week prior to the scheduled start of your trip, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund.

Refund payments will be sent back to the client’s bank account within a week of the cancellation date. For each refund payment a bank transfer charge will be deducted from the refundable amount.
Hiking in Altai Mountains - 15 days

Trip code Trip date

E10-01 July 28 – Aug 11

Joining us on this trip, you will be able to see the total Solar Eclipse.

Nestled between the borders of China, Russia and Mongolia are the five mighty peaks of Tavan Bogd. Here is the highest peak of Altai Mountain Range, Khuiten, elevated to 4370 m. These peaks lie, largely unvisited by western travellers, next to a 20 kilometre long Potanin’s glacier. The scenery surrounding the peak is breathtaking. This is the final destination on this magical hike through the Altai Mountains. Before reaching the foothills of those peaks we will pass through green pastures and lush meadows. We will camp next to crystal clear mountain lakes and amongst valleys filled with wild flowers.

It will be a linear hike in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, with support animals. The highest we’ll hike is over Most Pass, literally translated as Icy Pass at 3700m. The view from the top of the Pass stretches to snow capped peaks into Russia and China.

On the way we will meet nomadic people maintaining one of the worlds most ancient and sustainable ways of life. The Kazakh people live a similar herding lifestyle to the Mongols. However, the Kazakh people are Moslems and speak the Kazakh language. They came to Mongolia during the 18th century and were given land in the west where they could live and tend their herds. The Kazakh women are famous for their intricate handicrafts and amazing needlework. Their gers are elaborately decorated with brightly coloured wall hangings and floor rugs. The Kazakh men spend a great deal of time hunting with eagles in the winter months. These great birds are caught at a young age and trained to catch small prey. We will have a chance to see these magnificent birds.

Day 1
Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to the Bayan Gol Hotel to check-in and freshen up. In the afternoon we will have a leisurely program of sightseeing including the National History Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Both museums house impressive displays of Mongolian National and Religious history.

Bayangol hotel (L, D)

Day 2
A day of sightseeing will start visiting the Gandan Monastery and the Natural History Museum. You will also visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. The evening entertainment is a Fashion show of Mongolian traditional costumes.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to the far western province of Bayan Olgii. Upon arrival we will be taken to a ger camp outside of Olgii for lunch and to rest. In the afternoon we will drive to Olgii town and visit the local museum.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 4
Today we drive to Hoton Lake. It is a long drive through open valleys towered by high mountains. On the way we will stop to visit Khazakh Eagle hunters. The Kazakh men practice their centuries old tradition of hunting with Golden eagles in the winter months. These birds are caught at a young age and trained to catch small prey.

The surrounding countryside of Hoton Lake has captivating scenery with snow peaked mountains and glaciers, green meadows littered with wild flowers and forested hills surround the lake.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 5
Today you will witness the rare natural sight of the total Solar Eclipse. Hoton Lake is right in the middle of the narrow corridor where this amazing episode is happening. The shadow comes for about two and a half minutes around 7 pm. The sun sets at about 9 pm. But in the morning you will go for a day hike to explore the lake surrounding.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 6
Today we drive to Tsagaan Us valley from where we will start our linear hike. It’s a valley towered by high snowy peaks at both sides and with the Tsagaan us river filling up the valley floor. We’re travelling very close to the Mongolian border to China here, so will stop at the border guiding post for short investigation.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 7
Today we will start our linear hiking in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. The jeep drivers will leave us to drive around to pick us up at the other end of the valley. The food and equipment will be packed on camels. We will be hiking up the stream along the river following the gentle slope at the foothills of the high mountains. Towards late afternoon we hike up the hill to set up our camp on a small flat ground on top of a hill. The vista of Tsagaan Us valley is stunning from our campsite.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 8
Today is the longest day of hiking. We will slowly ascend to Most pass, which is a high plateau covered by glacier. From the plateau we will enjoy a great view of surrounding peaks with snowcap stretching far into Russia and China. Passing the glacier we will hike descending and ascending the hills. Our destination today is Elegt Valley.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 9
In the morning we will have some rest and visit the Tuvan families living near by. In the afternoon we continue our hike in the National Park onto Shiveet Mountain.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 10
Another day of hiking to Tavan Bogd, the Five mighty peaks lined along the Potanin’s glacier. Here is the highest peak of Altai Mountain Range, Khuiten, elevated to 4370 m. This is the final destination on this magical hike through the Altai Mountains. We will camp near the glacier.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 11
A day of rest today. You can just relax or join the optional climb to Malchin peak. It’s not a technical climb and we are not crossing the glacier to come up the peak. It’s a relatively gentle slope with boulders. We’ll choose a path that has no snow and glacier on. You can also try some camel riding too.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 12
We will hike for another few hours to reach the vehicles. Continue our trip back in the vehicles and drive to Olgii town.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 13
Drive to Olgii town and take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 14
A day trip to Khustain Nuruu National Park, where Takhi, the wild horses are being bred and reintroduced back to the wild nature. Visit the information center to learn more about the Prejewalski wild horse Project. After lunch we’ll make a tour in the National Park, either on foot or in a vehicle. Those interested can explore the Park on horseback too. The Khustain Nuruu National Park is rich with wildlife, including the wild horse, red deer, marmot, fox, wolf and different species of birds. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 15
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Quick Reference Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 2 A day of sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 3 Fly Olgii, o/n Ger camp;

Day 4 Drive to Hoton Lake, o/n tented camp

Day 5 Witness Solar Eclipse at Hoton Lake, o/n tented camp

Day 6 Drive to Tsagaan Us valley, o/n tented camp;

Day 7 Hiking along Tsagaan Us valley, o/n tented camp;

Day 8 Hike over Most Pass, o/n tented camp;

Day 9 Hike to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, o/n tented camp;

Day 10 Hike to foothills of Tavan Bogd peaks, o/n tented camp;

Day 11 Optional climb to Malchin peak, o/n tented camp;

Day 12 Hike to the vehicles and drive to Olgii, o/n Ger camp;

Day 13 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 14 A day trip to Khustain Nuruu NP, o/n Bayangol Hotel.

Day 15 Departure

Price per person:

USD3460 for group of 3-7 people

USD3130 for group of 8-11 people

USD3000 for group of 12-16 people

Single accommodation available at USD200

Price includes:

All transfers and ground transportation

Domestic flights

Twin share stay at Bayangol hotel while in Ulaanbaatar

Twin share accommodation at Ger camp

All camping equipment except sleeping bags

All meals

All entrance fees to museums and monasteries

National park fees

Fees for pack animals

Local wranglers and other support staff

English speaking guide throughout the trip

Travel medical insurance

The price does not include:

International flights

Visas

Alcoholic drinks

Gratuities

Items of a personal nature

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