Expedition to the Altai Mountains (Mongolia)

(15th - 24th September, 2018)

An epic journey tracing the footsteps of the Kazakh nomads and eagle hunters and an opportunity of a lifetime to stay with a nomad family and Mongolia's one and only eagle huntress. Discover some of the most incredible landscapes in Mongolia's highest mountain range. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Witness the stunning landscapes of the Altai Mountains

Meet Aisholpan, Mongolia's only female eagle hunter and her family

Exclusive local experiences possible only on Founders Journeys

Enjoy an insightful experience with the local characters

ITINERARY

15th Sep DAY 1 (SAT) : BEIJING / ULAANBAATAR

Recommended Flight Info:

Air China 901 Beijing 0835hrs Ulaanbaatar 1050hrs (Duration: 1h 15mins)

 

Arrive Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan Intl Airport where on arrival, you will be met as we then begin an orientation of Ulaanbaatar with a city tour visiting the Sukhbaatar Square, the impressive Genghis Khan Monument, built in 2008 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Mongolian Empire, in honour of its founder, Genghis Khan. This huge stainless steel statue weighs 250 tons and is 40m high; 

the highest statue representing a man on a horseback in the world, the National Museum of Mongolian History and finally enjoy panoramic views of Ulaanbaatar from the Zaisan Memorial before arriving into the Premium Hotel for check in. This evening, we enjoy a Beyond X Boundaries exclusive Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Premium Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Dinner

16th Sep DAY 2 (SUN): ULAANBAATAR / ULGII / ALTAI NATIONAL PARK

Early this morning, we embark on a pleasant domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii (2hrs), capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia's western-most province where 90% of the population are Kazakh and you will have the opportunity to meet local families and experience the unique Kazakh culture. We then begin our expedition with a drive into the heart of the Altai Tavan Bodg National Park (6-7hrs drive) where we will reach our campsite near the base of Mt Shiveet Khairkhan where we will be staying in tented camps for the next 3 nights. 

Overnight: Expedition Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

17th Sep DAY 3 (MON): ALTAI NATIONAL PARK (HORSE TREK TO POTANIN GLACIER)

Today, we will start our horse riding expedition to the Potanin Glacier, the longest glacier in Mongolia at almost 20km long where we go through some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring settings with massifs of high snow-capped peaks as well as ancient stone monuments and rock paintings in the holy Mt Shiveet Kharkhan. The trail is a gradual ascend taking 5-6 hours where we marvel at the extraordinary views of the icy peaks of Khuiten (4,374m), Nairamdal (4,082m), Snowchurch (4,071m), Malchin (4,051m) and Ulgii (4,113m) and the glaciers of Potanin and Alexander. 

Overnight: Expedition Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

18th Sep DAY 4 (TUE): ALTAI NATIONAL PARK (TREK OF THE KHAR SALAA VALLEY)

Another incredible day today as we trek through the Khar Salaa Valley in Mount Shiveet Kharkhan for about 18km (5-6 hours). Today, we will explore hundreds of petroglyphs which can express deeply about history and culture of nomads as dating back to 3000 years. We will also enjoy scenes of beautiful small lakes - home to many species of water birds and dear stones from ancient nomad civilizations. The Shiveet Mountain is sacred to the Tuvan people and boasts many wildlife including mountain goat and ibex at an altitude of 3,600m above sea level. Each year the Tuvans climb to the mountain summit to make an offering ceremony for the local hosts and you will also have the opportunity to visit a “Ger”, traditional dwelling of Mongol-Tuvan nomad families and learn more about their unique lifestyle. 

Overnight: Expedition Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

19th Sep DAY 5 (WED): ALTAI NATIONAL PARK / ULGII

Today, we will drive back to Ulgii and en route, we make a stop at Tsengel Soum visiting its market and the center of the town before arriving back into Ulgii in the late evening where tonight, you will enjoy a stay in a traditional Ger camp. 

Overnight: Ger Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

20th Sep DAY 6 (THU): ULGII / ALTANTSUGTS SOUM

Today, we will start another exciting part of the journey where we make a visit to Aisholpan, Mongolia's only female eagle hunter's home where we will spend an immersive and extraordinary experience with her family and learning about their lifestyle and cultures. On this exclusive Beyond X Boundaries experience, go behind the scenes to learn about the life of Aisholpan Nurgaiv, featured in an award-winning National Geographic documentary about the trials and tribulations of becoming an eagle hunter. 

Overnight: Expedition Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

WATCH HERE A TRAILER OF "THE EAGLE HUNTRESS"

21st Sep DAY 7 (FRI): ALTANTSUGTS SOUM / ULGII

We spend another day in the life of Aisholpan where she will demonstrate her eagle hunting skills while enjoying the stunning settings of her home. In the later afternoon, we return to Ulgii. 

Overnight: Guest House

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

22nd Sep DAY 8 (SAT): ULGII / ULAANBAATAR / TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Early this morning, we catch our domestic flight return to Ulaanbaatar where on arrival, we will make a 2hrs drive to Terelj National Park, renowned for its massive rock formations and dramatic landscapes. Check in at the Terelj Lodge where we enjoy a stay in a deluxe Ger camp, enjoy lunch before embarking on an excursion to the Turtle Rock - an unmistakable natural landmark of Terelj National Park, as well as the Aryabal Meditation Temple - built in 1810 by Mongolian and Tibetan artists. 

Overnight: Terelj Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

23rd Sep DAY 9 (SUN): TERELJ NATIONAL PARK / ULAANBAATAR

Today, we visit the "13th Century Complex", the only camp in Mongolia where you can visit the old time micro kingdom Genghis Khan and his empire. By visiting the camp, you will witness craftsmen art work, Mongolian calligraphy, learn to write Mongolian traditional scripts, dine in the kings and queens palace, practice archery, horse training and catching horses with lasso pole, riding horses and camels or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside landscapes and the clear blue sky. Later, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar where en route, we visit the Gandan Monastery, a sacred place of worship for Tibetan Buddhism, founded since 1727. This evening, we will enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner for a fitting finale. 

Overnight: Premium Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

24th Sep DAY 10 (MON): ULAANBAATAR / BEIJING

Recommended Flight Info:

Air China 902 Ulaanbaatar 1150hrs Beijing 1355hrs (Duration: 2h 05mins)

We say farewell to Mongolia and its kind hospitality as we transfer to the Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan Intl Airport for departure to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast

HOTELS

The Premium Hotel Ulaanbaatar is a modern and well-appointed luxury hotel located in the heart of the capital city in a convenient location equipped with Wi-Fi, fitness centre and modern amenities. 

Premium Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

On many of our adventurous journeys to remote areas, we use tented camps of highest qualities, mattresses, chairs, dining tables are provided. Portable shower and toilet facilities are also provided for comfort. Tented camps allow you to interact more with the nature and visit the remotest areas of the country. 

Expedition Tented Camps

Ger Camp, Ulgii (Day 5)

Made of latticed wood structure covered with felt layers and durable canvas, this dome-shaped unique accommodation is heated by wood stove placed in the center and furnished with beautifully-decorated wood-framed beds. Showers and toilet facilities are found in a separate building outside the ger. Staying in a ger is a memorable experience of Mongolian culture. 

Terelj Lodge, Terelj National Park

The Terelj Lodge is located in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, near to the Turtle Rock. Each of the 8 deluxe gers are tastefully furnished which include a private bathroom with a toilet, shower, sink, king size bed or queen size twin beds. 

LAND COST: 

Per Person: S$6,390 on Twin-Sharing Basis

"My Own Room Supplement": S$700

What Is Included? 

* All accommodations as stated in the program

* Return domestic airfare from Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii - Ulaanbaatar

* Services of Private Local English-Speaking Guide

* Services of Beyond X Boundaries Expedition Leader

* Tours and Visits as stated in the program

* Meals as stated in the program

What's NOT Included? 

* International airfare arriving and departing from Ulaanbaatar

* Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the program

* Any other meals not stated in the program

* Personal & other expenses not stated in the program

* Travel Insurance

* VISAS to Mongolia 

* Any other expenses incurred beyond our control due to natural disasters, weather conditions,  etc.

AIR PASSAGE ROUTING: 

The program is planned in a flexible concept that guests can join our tour pre, post or in between possible dynamic travel arrangements and hence, we advise the necessary flight details to arrive and depart as per the dates scheduled. Subject to individual travelers' requirements, we are also able to arrange international flights according to guests' preference. 

QUICK FACTS:

Adventure Level: Moderate

For physically active guests who are comfortable with a moderate level of physical exertion, fitness and embracing the concept of staying in remote wilderness tents.

Small International Group:

Founders Journeys celebrate diversity and through the exchange of cultures and ideas, we learn more about one another on our groups of no more than 8 travelers, enjoying an intimate experience. 

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