Trekking the Kharkhira

Trekking trip through pristine landscapes

Trekking the Kharkhira

Western Mongolia

  • Outdoor Activities
14 Days
2 Flights
Not Child Friendly

Take a fascinating journey through Western Mongolia - an untouched heaven of big lakes, high mountains, gorgeous landscapes and the largest diversity of both wildlife and ethnicities in Mongolia. The Kharkhira mountain range, with snow-capped peaks of over 3000 meters, waterfalls, ancient burial sites, mountaintop lakes and its nomadic based communities is a great place to explore Mongolian culture and landscapes - way off the beaten path.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

  • Dinner

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital city. At 14:00 we meet our guide at the airport, and head to the city center. The short drive passes through the shanty town inhabited by those who were once nomads, but have neglected their traditional lifestyle in the hope of finding a little fortune in the city, which not too long ago has seen some rapid development. The urban landscape quickly changes into expansive shopping malls and brand new residential complexes, shifting again to the scenes of the city center, where modern high-rises are quickly built amidst soviet-era buildings. After checking into our hotel, and if time permits, we will have an orientation tour of the city center through the central square, which was recently renamed after Ghengis Khan, the nation’s forefather. Right at the heart of the square we see the figure of D. Sukhbaatar, one of the heroes of the communist revolution of 1920’s, boldly raising his arm towards the statue of the Great Khan, whose name wasn’t allowed to be mentioned during the 70 year communist reign. We then visit the National History Museum, which holds a permanent exhibition on the different civilizations that have inhabited the territory of Mongolia from prehistoric times to the present. This exhibition includes a significant display of objects from the era of the Great Mongol Empire. From here we take a short walk to the drama theater where we attend an impressive folk concert, featuring some traditional Mongolian art forms. After a welcome dinner, we drive back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2. Ulaanbaatar ✈ Ulaangom - Uureg Lake

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart Ulaanbaatar by flight to Ulaangom, the capital of Uvs Province. At the airport we meet our driver and 4WD vehicle, and drive out to town. If time permit, we will go to visit the local museum, and the local WWF headquarters, in which we will learn about the flora, fauna and the diverse ethnic groups inhabiting the area. We then head west out of town and over the Red Mountain Pass to Uureg Lake, a brackish lake which is a major stopping point for migratory birds. Near the lake are several examples of bronze age burial mounds. We break camp on the lake’s shores for our firs night bush camping.

Day 3. Uureg Lake – Kharkhira Mountain Range

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From Uureg Lake we take a drive through beautiful mountainous road along the western slopes of the Kharkhira Mountain Range. Depending on orad conditions, we might drive all the way to Achit Lake, another great place for some bird watching. Late in the evening we arrive in the place at which we meet the support team for our oncoming trek. We will enjoy a dinner together, and spend the night at the jump off spot for the trek.

Days 4-7. To the Kharkhira-Turgen Mountain Pass

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

For the coming four days we make our way slowly up the mountain. Our route would take us through ‘Olon Nuur’ (Mongolian for ‘many lakes’), the Three Colors Lakes, and if the season is right, this is one of the very few places in the world where the Snow Lotus (Saussurea involucrate) can be seen at full bloom. On the afternoon of day 7 we cross the mountain pass at nearly 3000 meters (9850 feet) above sea level, and camp right after it, in a place which is relatively sheltered from blowing winds.

Day 8. To the Five Colors Lake

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we stay put. For those of us who needs a day of rest, this is an excellent chance to let the sore feet rest, wash some clothes, and do nothing apart from absorbing the beautiful scenery the ever-snowed peaks of the range have to offer. For those that have a bit more stamina, a day trip to the beautiful Five Lakes awaits. These lakes, lying right under the Turgen Peak.

Days 9-11. Trekking to the Blue Lake and off the mountain

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

For the coming three days we make our way down the Mountain. We walk along the Kharkhira Valley, pass by ancient burial sites, and climb to the beautiful Yellow and Blue Lakes. Our last night of the trek we spend camping by the Blue Lake. On the last day of the trek we meet again our 4WD vehicle for the short drive back to Ulaangom, where we spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 12. Ulaangom ✈ Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We take the first available flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we meet our driver and guide, and embark on the one and a half hours’ drive to Gorki-Terelj National Park. The park features unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find good grazing for their animals. If time permits, we will take a short hike to a nearby hill, from where we watch the sun set over the park (weather permitting of course). We will spend the night in a ger camp in the park.

Day 13. Terelj National Park - Ghengis Monument – Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we take an easy hike to the famous Turtle Rock, a symbol of wisdom and longevity to the Mongolian people. We then continue hiking to Ariabal Temple. The temple has been recently reconstructed, after the original temple had been destroyed during the communist purges of the 1930’s. A site of great tranquility, it functions today as a meditation center to Buddhist monks. After lunch, we leave the park and drive to the newly constructed Ghengis Khan Monument. Rising 40 meters in height over the surrounding steppes, this mighty structure plays a major symbol to the renewing Mongolian nation, after more than 300 years of foreign sovereignty over its people and territory. We then head to the Mongolian Capital, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a visit to the Zaisan Hill, for a view over the city at night. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 14. Departure from Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast

After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to the airport for our international departing flight.

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Dates & Pricing

Discounted rates:
4 travelers – 10% discount 
6 or more travelers – 25% discount

  • Prices are based on twin share occupancy.
  • Applicable only for travel groups of 4 people or more booking their trip together.
  • The discounted price is the price for 2 people (below) less the discount.
  • Mongolian Ways Ltd. reserves the right to change tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances.

6th June, 2017–21st June, 2017

  • $4,695 Per Person (From 2 people)
  • $270 Single Room Supplement

Additional Information


Inclusions
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals as per program (full board basis)
  • Drinking water
  • Accommodation as per program
  • Local support team
  • Pack animals
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Private 4WD vehicle
  • All entrance fee
  • All transfers

Exclusions
  • International travel to and from Mongolia
  • Mongolian visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess luggage
  • Gratuties
  • Expenses of personal nature (food and drinks beyond those provided, laundry, communication etc.)
  • Anything not clearly mentioned in the program

Accomodation
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • 10 nights bush camping
  • 1 night in local hotel

Note: The listed hotels are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


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