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The name 'Mongolia' has always stirred up visions of the untamed and exotic - the warlord Genghis Khan, camels wandering in the Gobi Desert and wild horses galloping across the steppes. Even today, Mongolia seems like the end of the earth - outside Ulaan Baatar you begin to wonder if you haven't stepped into another century, rather than another country. It remains one of the last great adventure destinations in Asia. Mongolia's survival as an independent nation is little short of miraculous, sandwiched as it is between the godzilla states of Russia and China. The country now has a ruling democratic coalition but independence has cost them dearly. Currently they are suffering from a lack of infrastructure and support, and a couple of harsh winters have decimated herds and bought the country to near starvation.

Mount Kharkhiraa Hiking Trip in the Altai Mountains
This is a fabulous trek in the remote north western corner of Mongolia on the border with Kazakhstan. The mountainous landscape is dramatic with snow capped mountains, glaciers, fast flowing rivers, amazing rock formations and crystal clear lakes. For much of the route it is not possible for vehicles to travel, so we use pack horses and camels to carry our equipment, just as the local people do. We walk approximately 15 km per day, and reach a maximum altitude of 2930 metres. The trek is suitable for people who are fit and who are prepared for all weather conditions. The climate is extremely changeable and you may experience all four seasons in a single day. This is a hard but very rewarding trip in a part of Mongolia rarely visited by foreigners.


Day 1 : Arrive Ulaanbaatar

Day 2 : Fly to Ulaangom. Jeep into the mountains. Start trekking over pass.

Day 3 : Trek over Uliastai pass and down to the Blue Lake.

Day 4 :Hike past ancient graves and standing stones past the river confluence.

Day 5 : Cross the river and climb gradually up to reach the base of Kharkhiraa pass.

Day 6 :Climb steeply up to the pass, then across a high open plateau between spectacular glaciers.

Day 7 : Cross the rough grassy plain, hiking in the area named "Many Lakes".

Day 8 :Continue past many lakes to Camel Rock.

Day 9 :Continue down the valley to a small Kazakh mining town. Jeep to Ulaangom.

Day 10 : Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

Day 11 : Free day in Ulaanbaatar for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 12 : Depart.



Cost ???

Cost included :
* Twin bedded rooms in a hotel***
* Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
* Shared accommodation in tent (2pers/tent)
* Guiding and interpreting service
* All meals in countryside
* All meals in Ulaanbaatar
* Domestic flights
* Transfers by vehicle 4x4
* Local guide
* All entrance fees
* Horse, camel ride trial
* Boat rental

Cost not included :
* International airfare
* Alcoholic drinks
* International airport departure tax (US$13 per person).
* Travel Insurance
* Excess luggage (The local flights allowance to carry free luggage only 15 Kg)

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