Extreme Horsebackriding Tour in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park - 12 days

DAY 1: Flight to Bayan-Olgii & drive on to Altai village
DAY 2: Horse riding to Chihertei Lake nomad summer camp
DAY 3: Horse riding to Yolt National Park
DAY 4: Horse riding in Yolt National Park
DAY 5: Horse riding back to Chihertei Lake
DAY 6: Drive to Dayan, Khoton and Khurgan lakes
DAY 7: Spend a day trekking and relaxing at lakes
DAY 8: Drive to Tsagaan Gol / White River
DAY 9: Horse riding to Botanin Glacier
DAY 10: Horse riding back to Tsagaan Gol / White River
DAY 11: Drive to Bayan-Olgii
DAY 12: Fly to Ulaanbaatar
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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

Detailed description

Eagle Hunters


This horse trek will take you to a destination few people have experienced. The Western parts of Mongolia are a cultural mix of Muslim and Mongolian traditions. Riding through this wild countryside will bring in varied experiences and make for an exciting trip of discoveries. Today we will take the plane for Olgii, capital city of Bayan-Olgii province. Our vehicles will be waiting for us at the airport. Unlike the rest of Mongolia, which is dominated by Khalkh Mongolians, about 90% of Bayan-Olgii’s population are Kazakh, almost all of them Muslims. Olgii has even its own little mosque. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our local team and drive further into National Park direction of Altai village. The province has a rich collection of archaeological sites with many balbal (Turkic stone figures, grave marker) deer stones, burial mounds, and petroglyphs. On our way, we will explore some petroglyphs, balbal stones and pay a visit to an eagle hunting Kazakh family. See how locals train eagles to hunt. We will spend our first evening and night with Kazakh families in their traditional Ger bigger than Mongolian Gers and brightly decorated with hand-made rugs. We will enjoy a cup of tea, share with our hosts delicious Kazakh dishes such as Kuz “salted and smoked horse meat” Bisbarmak while chatting and deepening our knowledge of rich Kazakh culture and custom.

(Overnight in Ger L, D) 

Chihertei lake nomad summer camp

Today our horse riding adventure start, ride approximately 30 km heading Chihertei Lake. Chichertei is a nomad summer camp where we will stay in the tent near a lake. Fishing is possible you might try your luck for dinner.

(Tented camp B, L, D) 

Altai Tavan Bogd
Camp in Altai Montains

Yolt National Park

Today we will set off to Yolt National Park. The trails become more obstacle and landscape changes into a forested area in a beautiful valley. We will see a waterfall and more balbal stones. The National Park is established to protect the wildlife such as brown bear, deer and ibex. If we are lucky, we might see some wild animals.

(Tented Camp B, L, D) 

Yolt National Park

Today will ride along Mongolia and Chinese border area. The landscape is forested valley with a river. The view is breath taking and picturesque always with a view of snow-capped Altai Mountain Chain. The valley is the most isolated and less visited yet beautiful part of Tavan Bogd National Park. 

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Old Man with Eagle

Back to Chikhertei Lake

Ride back Chikhertei nomads’ summer camp area.

(Tented camp B, L, D) 

Horse Riding in Bayan-Olgii

Dayan, Khurgan & Khoton Lakes

Today we will be driving on a rough but scenic road into the Dayan, Khurgan and Khoton Lakes. Dayan, Khurgan and Khoton Lakes are pretty lakes at an altitude slightly over 2.000 meters altitude. The lakes are second largest and clearest of all lakes of Mongolia. Average depth is 26 m and deepest reaching 58 m. Khurgan and Khoton lakes are connected by wide natural channel. South of the lake, into the direction of China you will see snow-capped Altai Mountain Chain. The landscape around the lakes is a breath taking and picturesque. On the way we will stop at some ancient Gokturk’s stone monuments (1500-2000 years old) near Biluut Hill.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Khurgan Lake

Khurgan and Khoton Lakes

We will spend full day relaxing or trekking around lakes. Truly breath-taking scenery and one of the fine trekking destination. You might try your fishing luck.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Khoton Lake

Tsagaan Gol /White River

Altai Tavan Bogd is 636,161 hectares of pristine landscape along the border of the western part of Ulaan Khus, Tsengel, Sagsai and Altai soums of Bayan-Olgii aimag. It was placed under protection in 1996. The national park with its amazing beauty embodies the special characteristics of high mountains, icy crystal rivers, mountain valleys, steppe landscapes and ecosystems. Also, it is a habitat and last refuge for mammals like argali, ibex, maral (Asiatic red deer), elk, stone marten, deer, and bird species like snowcock, eagle and lammergeyer.  The national park includes very high peaks, with eternal snow and glaciers in the far west of Mongolia. The highest point is the peak of Khuiten Uul on the mountain of Altai Tavan Bogd, reaches 4374 meters above sea level. Today we will drive through the foothills of the mountains on bumpy road to reach the Tsagaan River Valley. We will stop to explore more ancient petroglyphs at Shiveet Ulaan Mountain and visit Tuvan ethnic families. This is a common place for nomadic place to make camp in summertime and where Tuvan people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Here we will meet our horse guide to prepare for the next day’s horse riding adventure.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Dayan Lake

Tsagaan Gol/Potanin Glacier

Today we will ride 18 km to the Potanin Glacier. On our way, we will see the ice peaks of Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. Our destination is located at an elevation of 3000 m. Total riding hour will take about 4 to 6 hours. The glaciers are located at 3,500 -4,000 m. The largest are Potanin, Alexander, Greny Glaciers. They stretch 16 km in lengths and are source of Tsagaan River. The longest one is Potanin 20 km. The landscape is spectacular.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Potanin Glacier RIver

Tsagaan Gol

Ride back Tsagaan Gol.

(Tented Camp B, L, D)

Khuiten Peak


Today we will meet our vehicles and drive back to Olgii. In the evening we will meet with Tuvan shaman and learn more about this fascinating custom.

(Hotel B, L, D)

Mongolian Road

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Our team will take you directly to your hotel. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colorful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.


Ulaanbaatar from Zaisan



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