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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4 star) on bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Best available hotels elsewhere
  • Camp accommodation on full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Optional pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Mongolian Wilderness Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Mongolia | Walking & Trekking

Adventure Special
Mongolian Wilderness Trek
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  13 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Flight inclusive from £3,445,
Land only from £2,495

Book now or call 01453 844400

A two-week magical, mountain adventure in the remote northwest corner of Mongolia.

Highlights

  • One of the World’s great adventure treks that crosses two high passes
  • Wild, unspoilt terrain populated by nomads
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the local people by visiting a local family ‘ger’
  • Full service camping on trek and good quality hotels elsewhere

Reviews          

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip overall, especially the trek, and would heartily recommend it to others. We particularly appreciated the feeling of remoteness and space in Mongolia.
Mr & Mrs B, Leek

This was an amazing trek and we thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the opportunity to meet nomads in the remote areas and partake in their hospitality. The guide in Ulaanbaatar was excellent.
Miss B, Derbyshire

Transport worked well, leader was knowledgeable and food was good. Route was good with a feeling of remoteness.
Mr H, South Humberside

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Our trek between the twin peaks of Mount Kharkiraa and Mount Turgen begins in the Uliastai Valley in remote Uvs province. Within a day’s start of our trek, we reach the jewel-like waters of the Blue Lake and from here we progress over low passes, through steep-sided valleys and along the banks of the Kharkiraa river. We cross two high passes and scenery becomes increasingly dramatic and varied with open plateau, glacial lakes and high peaks forming the captivating backdrop to our trek. This is a truly wild, unkempt region where local people live a nomadic existence and we will undoubtedly encounter their ‘open house’ hospitality. This trek featured in ‘The World’s Great Adventure Treks’, edited by Marielle Rensen.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  13 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Max. Altitude: 2,944m/9,656ft, Yamaatiin Pass, day 9

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Ulaanbaatar

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: Breakfast in Ulaanbaatar, breakfast, lunch & dinner in Ulaangom, all meals on trek.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Arrive Ulaanbaatar. City tour.
3
Fly to Ulaangom.
4-5
Trek to Blue Lake. Trek over four low passes to the Kharkhiraa River.
6-7
Trek to the base of the Kharkhiraa Pass. Rest day.
8
Cross Kharkhiraa Pass, 2,930m /9,610ft, to lake camp.
9
Cross the Yamaatiin Pass, 2,944m/9,656ft and trek to the Yamaatiin River.
10
Trek through the Yamaatiin Valley.
11-12
Drive to Uureg lake. Morning at lake, afternoon jeep to Ulaangom. Fly to Ulaanbaatar.
13
Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Mongolia
Local leader, Mongolia

We use English speaking local leaders - they are certified/registered guides, and in their company you will certainly gain an insight into the way of life, traditions and culture of Mongolia.


  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Fly from London to Ulaanbaatar.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Ulaanbaatar
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon city tour.

    Having arrived in Ulaanbaatar mid-morning you will have a city tour. You will visit either the Museum of Natural History, or the National History Museum (excellent display of dinosaur remains to see).

    Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia and has a population of about one million people which means that it is home to over a third of the total population of Mongolia. Not surprisingly then, it is also the country's economic, cultural and political centre. You will quite likely witness traditional horsemen with their cattle, escorting them down the wide streets with parked cars either side. The city is located on the banks of the Tuul River and is surrounded by mountains, dense forests and of course the grassy steppes to the south.

    After your tour you will transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Ulaangom - 2 hour 45 minute flight.

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ulaangom. Whilst this is a short flight of just under three hours, it is worth noting that if you had driven, it can take approximately five days by 'bus to make the trip. The roads are best described as tracks. Ulanngom a quiet, linear, tree lined town that may well have horses tied to shops fronts while their owners gather supplies.

    On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken by jeep to the Uliastai Valley, 30 kms - 2-3hrs. You will meet your trek staff and camels at the road head and camp in the Uliasti Valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  4. Day 4 - Trek to Blue Lake, 600m ascent/400m descent - 5-6 hours.

    Hike up to the pass at 2,215 metres from where there is a magnificent view of the valley below and the Kharkhiraa mountain range. Then today's trek takes you steeply down the mountainside to the Blue Lake. There are often nomadic families living in the valley during the summer, with evidence of their winter shelters in the more sheltered places. Today you have your first experience of vast open spaces, nomadic flocks, and ancient burial mounds. You may see black kites circling ahead and Demoiselle cranes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  5. Day 5 - Trek over four low passes to the Kharkhiraa River - 6-7 hours.

    Hike over four low passes to reach the Kharkhiraa River and pass by some ancient (7th and 8th century) warriors' graves and standing stones. Continue along the valley and cross the river by horse at the junction of the Tarlian and Kharkhiraa rivers. You will walk through stunning carpets of Edelweiss and Gentian. You will continue trekking until you reach the campsite at Ovoljoonii denj.

    "The adventurer will find many trekking options here, although arguably the finest is a through trek along the Kharkhiraa and Yamaatiin rivers" - The World's Great Adventure Treks (sadly now out of print).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to the base of the Kharkhiraa Pass, 2,530m/8,300ft - 7 hours.

    You trek along the valley of the Kharkhiraa River, past a dramatic wall of red cliffs, with occasional views of Mount Turgen, climbing gradually, to reach the base of Kharkhiraa Pass. You will camp overnight surrounded by high snow-capped mountains. Camp altitude - 2,530m/8,300ft approx.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Rest day.

    A chance to rest and explore the stunning area. Your guide will suggest a suitable short walk on this day.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Cross Kharkhiraa Pass, 2,930m /9,610ft, to lake camp at 2,475m/8,120ft, 500m ascent/500m descent - 5 hours.

    Climb steeply up 400m/1,300ft to the pass then cross the high open plateau, which will be rewarded by views of several glaciers and high peaks. There will be a couple of river crossing by horse today. The ground may be quite boggy and the going tough. It is extremely remote and wild up here. You camp beside a beautiful turquoise lake beneath the glacier of Deglee Tsagaan Mountain and then continue hiking to reach Turgen Mountain National Protected Area. The altitude at the camp site is 2,475m.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Cross the Yamaatiin Pass, 2,944m/9,656ft and trek to Yamaatiin River at 2,160m/7,103ft, 500m ascent/800m descent - 7 ½ hours.

    Today, you will take a lift on horses to cross the icy river, then climb up and across another expanse of wilderness to reach the base of Yamaatiin Pass. There is a good track up to the pass which is used by nomadic families moving from one valley to the next. From the top of the pass, you take the steep and dramatic track down into the Yamaatiin Valley. You camp beside the Yamaatiin River near the snow-capped Yamaatiin Mountain. You may well see marmots, pika and vultures here. Altitude at camp - 2,160m.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek trough the Yamaatiin Valley, 1,865m/6,118ft - 7 ½ hours.

    You will cross the river and trek down the beautiful valley which is enclosed on both sides by high cliffs with amazing and unusual rock formations. "Yamaa" means "goat" and there may be sightings of herds of wild goats (ibex) in the rocks. Highlights of today's include larch woods and profusion of Edelweiss. The camp will be set up further down the valley beside the pinewoods. This valley is a protected reserve, so the flora grows undisturbed by domesticated animals. You camp at 1865m/6118ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Drive to Uureg lake - 2 hours. Morning at lake, afternoon jeep to Ulaangom - 2 ½ hours.

    Meet your driver and travel by jeep to Uureg Lake. The lake's setting is spectacular with the mountains to the North denoting the border with Russia. The lake is fresh water, crystal clear and very cold, but good for a brief swim. Birdlife includes black kites, terns, geese, cormorants and gulls. From highpoints you can see for many kilometres in every direction and extensive nomadic activity. In the afternoon you are driven by jeep to Ulaangom over the Ulaan Davaa Pass, 1,238m/ 4,061ft. The drive to Ulaangom takes 2 ½ hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel in Ulaangom
  12. Day 12 - Fly from Ulaangom to Ulaanbaatar.

    Today you will fly to Ulaanbaatar, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
  13. Day 13 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to London.

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2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4 star) on bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Best available hotels elsewhere
  • Camp accommodation on full board basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Optional pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Ulaanbaatar
  • Lunch in Ulaangom
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 3 reviews)

Mongolian Wilderness Trek          

Transport worked well, leader was knowledgeable and food was good. Route was good with a feeling of remoteness.

Enjoyable trek in Mongolia          

This was an amazing trek and we thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the opportunity to meet nomads in the remote areas and partake in their hospitality. The guide in Ulaanbaatar was excellent.

Enjoyable and remote          

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip overall, especially the trek, and would heartily recommend it to others. We particularly appreciated the feeling of remoteness and space in Mongolia.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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