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What’s included

  • A local English-speaking leader
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All internal flights
  • A single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4 star) on bed and...

Mongolian Wilderness Trek Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia | Walking & Trekking

Mongolian Wilderness Trek
  • Grade:

    Moderate

  • Duration: 14 days from the UK
  • On trek: 7 days

Land only from £2595

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 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

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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

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

Mr H

Next

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

Next

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

Next

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This fantastic trek between the twin peaks of Mount Kharkiraa and Mount Turgen, begins in the Uliastai Valley in the remote Uvs Province. Within only a day from the start of the trek, you will reach the jewel-like waters of the Blue Lake and from there progress over low passes, through steep-sided valleys and along the banks of the Kharkiraa River. As you continue across two high passes of around 3,000m/10,000ft, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic and varied with wild open plateaus, glacial lakes, high peaks and remarkable rock formations that create the captivating backdrop to your trek.

This is a truly wild, untamed region where local people live a continuous nomadic existence and you will undoubtedly encounter their ‘open house’ hospitality. At the end of the trek you have time to relax by the tranquil waters of Uureg Lake before returning to Ulaanbaatar to take in the sights.


At a glance

Grade:

Moderate

Duration: 14 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: Bed and Breakfast in Ulaanbaatar, all meals elsewhere in Mongolia. On day 3 lunch will be included if you leave Ulaanbaatar before midday.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Arrive Ulaanbaatar.
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. City tour (time permitting)
13-14 Day at leisure in Ulaanbaatar. Fly to London.
Leader: 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.

Local leader, Mongolia

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart London.

Fly from London to Ulaanbaatar.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight.

Day 2 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Group transfer to hotel.

You will arrive in Ulaanbataar in the afternoon when you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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.

Overnight icon Overnight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

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.

Please note that if your flight from Ulaanbaatar leaves before midday you will receive lunch either as a boxed lunch on the plane or when you arrive in Ulaangom. If you are not due to fly till the afternoon, lunch will not be included.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

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

Trek 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 route 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 icon Overnight: Camp

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

Today you will trek over four low passes to reach the Kharkhiraa River and pass by some ancient (7th and 8th century) warriors' graves and standing stones. You then 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 icon Overnight: Camp

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 in a dramatic valley surrounded by high snow-capped mountains. Camp altitude - 2,530m/8,300ft approx.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

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 icon Overnight: Camp

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

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

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

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 icon Overnight: Camp

Day 10 - Trek through 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 a 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 1,865m/6,118ft.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

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

You meet your driver again today and travel by jeep to Uureg Lake. The lake's setting is spectacular with the mountains to the north marking 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 there is extensive nomadic activity in this region. In the afternoon you are driven by jeep to Ulaangom over the Ulaan Davaa Pass, 1,238m/ 4,061ft. The drive to Ulaangom takes 2½ hours.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel in Ulaangom

Day 12 - Fly from Ulaangom to Ulaanbaatar. City tour if time permits.

Today you will fly to Ulaanbaatar, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. If the flight schedule allows you will have a tour of the city taking in either the Museum of National History or Natural History Museum with its excellent display of dinosaur remains.

Overnight icon Overnight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

Day 13 - Day at leisure in Ulaanbaatar.

Today is free for you to do some further exploration of Ulaanbaatar or simply relax at your hotel.

Overnight icon Overnight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

Day 14 - Transfer to airport. Fly to London.

After breakfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for the flight back to London.

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2022

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Mon 1 Aug - Sun 14 Aug 2022 Available £2595 Book Contact Us

2023

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
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What’s included

  • A local English-speaking leader
  • International flights (flight inclusive option only)
  • All internal flights
  • A single, timed group airport transfer for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4 star) on bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Best available hotels elsewhere
  • Camp accommodation on full board basis
  • Porterage on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • Option to join one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Ulaanbaatar
  • Lunch in Ulaangom (Day 3)
  • Tips


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.


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