Altai Mountain Trek and Eagle Experience

For the intrepid adventurer!

Explore the unique and grand landscape of Western Mongolia, staying with families who still practice the ancient art of Eagle Hunting. Trek to the base camp of the formidable Khuiten peak and taste what it is like to be a mountaineer on the easy going Malchin trek, suitable for beginners. 

paragliding expedition camped at the foot of the Altai Mountains


DURATION: Minimum 9 days, 8 nights

HIGHLIGHTS: Climb to Malchin Peak in the Altai Mountain Range, hike over Potanin Glacier, visit a Kazakh Eagle Hunting family

From June – Sept 2019

1-8 people

Fully customizable

Mongolia’s western provinces are some of the richest in cultural diversity. You can find Mongolian and Kazakh, Tuvan and Oirats living side by side. Here, where Mongolia frontiers with Russia and China, guarded by the snow capped peaks of the Altai mountain range, highest in the country, the Eagle Hunters have made their home. Explore this unique and grand landscape, staying with families who still practice the ancient art of Eagle Hunting. Trek to the base camp of the formidable Khuiten peak climb and taste what it is like to be a mountaineer on the easy going Malchin trek, suitable for beginners. You can hike over the longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier, stretching for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. Local Tuvan herders will travel with you as your camel caravan handlers and will make an unforgettable company and share their culture and traditions with you.

Day 1: Fly Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii. Start the drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

Day 2: Arrive in White River Valley.

Day 3: Trek Day 1. Arrive at Base Camp for ascent.

Day 4: Trek Day 2. Hike to Malchin Peak.

Day 5: Trek Day 3: Leeway day. Hike and easy ridgeline overlooking Russia. 

Day 6: Trek Day 4: Hike down to White River Valley. Visit Eagle Hunting Family.

Day 7: Visit Khoton and Khurgan Lakes.

Day 8: Visit Baga Turgen Waterfall. Drive to Ulgii.

Day 9: Fly Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar. 

Day 1 – Fly to Bayan-Ulgii Province. Ulgii is one of the most diverse towns in Mongolia, the home of the Mongolian Kazakh
population (5%). Here you can visit a mosque and see a variety of different cultures. Begin the drive to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, stopping at the Mogoit River to camp overnight.

Day 2 – Drive to White River Valley, the gateway to the Altai Mountains. Check in at the border post and enter the border zone between Mongolia, China and Russia. White River valley is dominated by the sacred Shiveet mountain, around which lie hundreds of Bronze Age and Neolithic burial mounds and rock carvings. Camping in tents.

Day 3 – Trek Day 1: Today you begin the ascent to the base camp of Tavan Bogd Mountain. Hike between 4-6 hours with breaks to the main base camp of Altai Tavan Bogd. With a bit of luck you may see marmots, hares and a number of birds such as Golden Eagles, Black Vultures and Falcons. Your luggage will be transported by camels or horses handled by Tuvan herders. Today you will see the imposing Alexander and Potanin Glaciers and get close up views of the Khuiten (4374m), Nairamdal (4082m), Snowchurch (4071m), Malchin (4050m), and Ulgii (4113m) peaks. Camping in tents.

Day 4 – Trek Day 2: At 4051m Malchin is the lowest of the peaks but allows for a spectacular non-technical climb. You will hike along the Potanin Glacier moraine for an hour before climbing on the scree of Malchin. It’s ridgeline overlaps with the border of Mongolia and Russia and provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Potanin glacier, glaciated peaks and into Russia. Return to base camp. Camping in tents.

Day 5 – Trek Day 3. Today is a leeway day should the weather prove bad on day 4. You can do a relaxed trek along a neighbouring ridgeline along the Russian border. This is a gentle hike with no technical climbing, but well worth it on clear days for the spectacular views into Russia. Camping in tents.

Day 6 – Trek Day 4: Today you will trek back to the White River valley. Visit a Kazakh Eagle hunting family and join them for a hearty evening meal. Camping in shared tents next to nomadic family.

Day 7 – Spend the morning with the family before continuing to the beautiful lakes called Khoton and Khurgan. Spend a relaxing evening either camping or with a local family. These beautiful freshwater lakes are teaming with fish and are a particularly beautiful place for hiking.

Day 8 – Hike to the glacial formed waterfall in the Baga Turgen valley and explore the lake and forests. Drive to Ulgii in the
evening. Overnight in local hotel.

Day 9 – Fly from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel.

  • English speaking guide
  • Mountaineering guide
  • Cook
  • Camping equipment
  • Pack animals during trek
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with driver and fuel
  • Return domestic flights (Ulaanbaatar-Ulgii-Ulaanbaatar)
  • Accommodation camping, homestay and local hotel where specified.
  • Meals throughout (not including in Ulaanbaatar)
  • Activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fees, permits and taxes
  • Drinking water
Does not include: Items of a personal nature, travel or health insurance, gratuities, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, excess luggage fees on domestic flight. 

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Stay for longer and try a horse trek in the wild and wonderful Shirveet Mountains.

In Autumn it’s possible to stay with an Eagle Hunting family and experience eagle training and even hunting. Spend 1-2 full days with a family to discover the real eagle hunting traditions. 

Why not try a visit to Hovd, home of throat singing. This unique town sits on the beautiful Hovd River and it’s people are rich in history and culture. Nearby are the Stone Age cave paintings at  Tsenkheriin Agui, or the majestic Tsambagarav Mountains, home to the giant Argali wild sheep.