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Mongolia Altai Scenery, Mongolia

West Altai Adventure

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
Start dateEnd dateDays
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06/12/21 06/24/2113 days $8,411 ex. flights $2,493Jonathan Stacey10 Max LIMITED Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

HS Khaan Resort, Hustai National Park, Mongolia 1

Luxury ger tent

Camp in luxury ger tents amidst breath-taking panoramic landscapes.

Two Siberian Ibex on the crest of a hillside in Ikh Nart in Mongolia. 2

Search for wildlife

Search for snow leopard, wolverine, argali sheep, ibex and a wealth of raptors.

Steppes, Mongolia 3

Stunning scenery

Explore lush pastures, vast plains, snow-capped peaks, colossal lakes and sprawling sand dunes.

Beautiful young Mongolian lady in the late afternoon sun, Mongolia 4

Mongolian culture

Spend time with local nomadic families learning about their way of life and culture.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Ulaanbaatar

  • Day 2

    Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii - Deluun - Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park

  • Day 3

    Ikh Yamaa

  • Day 4

    Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park - Chigertei

  • Days 5-6

    Chigertei

  • Day 7

    Chigertei - Khovd

  • Days 8

    Khovd - Khar Us Nuur National Park

  • Day 9

    Khar Us Nuur National Park

  • Day 10

    Khar Us Nuur National Park - Khovd

  • Day 11

    Khovd - Ulaanbaatar

  • Days 12-13

    Ulaanbaatar

Day 1

Ulaanbaatar

Zaisan Memorial, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

After settling into your accommodation meet your guide for some gentle sightseeing of the city.

Day 2

Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii - Deluun - Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park

Horses running on snow field in Inner Mongolia

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii, travel overland to the Kazakh village of Deluun. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Doroo and Tolbo Lakes and Tolbo Lakes, Deluun has the magnificent Sayriin Uul Mountains as the backdrop.

Day 3

Ikh Yamaa

Yerbol, eagle hunter, Mongolia, Altai, Mike Unwin

Venture on foot into the Ikh Yamaat (Big Goat) Valley.  Today, meet with one of the famous Kazakh eagle hunters of the area. Despite being out of season, the opportunity to meet a proud, Kazakh eagle hunter with his trusted golden eagle on his arm is a memorable encounter.

Day 4

Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park - Chigertei

Cinereous vulture in flight against bright blue sky.

Today, walk in the Bag Yamaat Valley, an elevated glacial gorge cutting into the southern Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu mountains and known for its birds of prey. Venturing into this valley also gives an opportunity to explore more core snow leopard habitat.

Days 5-6

Chigertei

Lake and Mountains, Chigertei, Mongolia

The next two days will be spent exploring this remote part of the world. Check camera traps set throughout the area for researching the range and activities of wolverine by the Wolverine Foundation, in collaboration with the Altai Institute.

Day 7

Chigertei - Khovd

Khovd, Mongolia

Today, pack up camp and head back to the town of Khovd. If river levels permit, drive the southern route around the Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu and through the Buyant River Canyon. Some amazing archaeology from Scythian times will be seen.

Days 8

Khovd - Khar Us Nuur National Park

Solitary figure on the crest of a sand dune with a vast blue lake behind and snow capped peaks in the distance.

Depart Khovd and traverse the northern shore of the Khar Us Nuur National Park, visiting Dorgon Lake with its extensive wetlands and amazing abundance of water birds. Beyond the lake is the vast Mongol Els (dune-sea) and the Dorgon plains, a large flat expanse of arid Gobi steppe.

Day 9

Khar Us Nuur National Park

Beautiful young Mongolian lady in the late afternoon sun, Mongolia

Take time to meet with local people, the majority of whom are from the Halkh Mongol ethnic group and are quite different to the Kazakhs met previously.

Day 10

Khar Us Nuur National Park - Khovd

Transport for Nomadic lifestyle, Mongolia

Today, return to Khovd via the village of Chandmani, famous for its claim of being the place of origin of throat singing (hoomii).

Day 11

Khovd - Ulaanbaatar

Gers in Ulaanbaatar

Fly from Khovd to Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian domestic flights are notoriously unreliable, with only two aircrafts servicing the whole country. As such we have factored in an extra day in Ulaanbaatar.

Days 12-13

Ulaanbaatar

Winter Palace, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Days at leisure to explore Ulaanbaatar at leisure. Depart on day 13.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Accompanied by Jonathan Stacey throughout
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees to all sites and National Parks
  • Lunches and dinners as per the itinerary
  • Services of a local guide throughout
  • Seven nights camping in a mobile 360 camp on a full board basis including drinks

What is excluded

  • Beverages with meals except at 360 camps
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • International flights
  • Meals as detailed on day one, 11 and 12
  • Visas
HS Khaan Resort, Hustai National Park, Mongolia
HS Khaan Resort, Hustai National Park, Mongolia
Inside Ger, Mongolia, Western Altai, Mike Unwin
Inside Ger, Mongolia, Western Altai, Mike Unwin, Mongolia
Transport for Nomadic lifestyle, Mongolia
Mongolia
Ger, Mongolia
Baga Yamaat, Mongolia
Sunset in the Altai, Mongolia, Manaljav Altanchimeg
Mongolia

Mobile gers (yurts)

With hotel options minimal, our Mongolia group tour offers accommodation in mobile gers (yurts).

Expect to be cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded only by space, blue skies and breath-taking landscapes. Being remote will not mean being without comfort, however, as our camps have modern amenities and good, wholesome food with a view each morning to rival anywhere in the world. There is no wi-fi, and thus no risk of distraction from the view and the blissful serenity.

Gers Mongolia and goat herd
Gers on the open steppe.
Young man on horse with mountains and grass steppes behind.
Local boy on horseback
Road Journey, Altai Mountains, Mongolia, JW
Mongolia
Kite sat on old house roof in the Mongolian Altai region
Kite, Mongolia
Jalman Meadows Gorkhi Terelj
Jalman Meadows, Mongolia

Mongolian Altai

Travel deep into the mountains through the Ikh Yamat and Bag Yamat valleys and the heart of snow leopard and golden eagle territory. Meet with conservationists to learn about the work being done in this area. Explore the Chigertei Valley, that runs towards the main Altai ridge. Here is your camp, overlooking summer pastures used by the local Kazakh nomads to graze their livestock.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Mongolia?

The Altai is where Steppes originated and got its name from. Following an exploratory trip by our Chairman Nick Laing to the Altai region of Russia, just above the Mongolian border in Siberia in 1989. It has remained the ethos of our company, travelling to extraordinary destinations and our expertise and passion for this area is vast.

This trip, in particular, is, for anybody with a love of wild, uncomplicated, big-sky places where people and wildlife live side by side. It is also for anybody with a yearning to understand the nomadic lifestyle and gain insight into a way of life that is, sadly, under threat.

Is June a good time to travel to Mongolia?

The season for travel to Mongolia is very short with reliable weather from mid-June through to September. During June the climate should be warm and dry, possibly with some thunderstorms. At this time of the year, there will still be snow on the high peaks, so the landscape is very photogenic. By the end of June, the local nomadic people should have set up their summer camps making for great encounters.

What wildlife might I see?

You will explore a diverse range of regions by 4×4 and on foot, looking for argali sheep, ibex, snow leopards, wolverines and birds of prey. Steppes has recently donated $1,800 to the Altai Institute to fund the collaring of a snow leopard in the Chigertei Valley in October 2018. The Executive Director of the institute, Dr Barry Rosenbaum is responsible for the collaring exercise and will be available to meet with the Steppes group in the field.

The arid Dorgon plains are seemingly endless and home to the endangered saiga antelope and the Mongolian gazelle. The enormous Dorgon Lake and Khar Us Nuur (lake) offers sanctuary to a myriad wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls (including the rare relict gull).

Will I visit the Eagle Hunters?

Yes. As part of this small group Mongolia tour, visit a Kazakh family and meet with a Kazakh eagle hunter who maintains a hunting partnership with a magnificent golden eagle. Move on to the area around Dorgon and vast open plains and colossal lakes and sand dunes.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

With hotel options minimal, our Mongolia group tour offers accommodation in mobile gers (yurts). We have recced the area and have found three exceptional locations in which to locate our camps. Expect to be cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded only by space, blue skies and breath-taking landscapes. Being remote will not mean being without comfort, however, as our camps have modern amenities and good, wholesome food with a view each morning to rival anywhere in the world. There is no wi-fi, and thus no risk of distraction from the view and the blissful serenity.

For your three nights in Ulaanbaatar, you will stay in a centrally located local 4* hotel.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the food in Mongolia like?

Mongolia is not a gastronomic destination and the staple cuisine is largely based around meat and milk with limited availability of vegetables or spices for local people. As a western traveller in Mongolia, you will be served a good range of western foods often including noodles, rice and pasta plus imported vegetables and fruit. The same chef will cook at each camp so he or she will be able to accommodate any dietary requirements you may have.

Local delicacies that are certainly worth trying include mutton dumplings, noodle soups and the local tipple known as airag which is fermented mare’s milk (an acquired taste!).

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

Moderate levels of fitness should be fine, with the ability to cope with long days travelling and uneven terrain. Any walking undertaken will be short walks at a slow pace with plenty of stops to rest and take in the surroundings. This trip is very much about being in the place and experiencing what is around you. Whilst none of the treks are mandatory, exploring on foot is one of the best ways to get the most out of your time in Mongolia. Travelling in Mongolia does require a robust constitution; even in June, the weather can change quickly, from glorious sunshine to snowstorm so an ability to adapt and cope with the unexpected is a must.

Can I extend my time in Mongolia?

We can arrange additional days at the beginning or end of the tour if you wanted to extend your time in Mongolia. Please speak to one of our experts for more information.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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