Die fünf Könige des Altai

Enjoy the tranquility of riding on horseback and walking at a leisurely pace through the lakes, rivers, valleys and snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountain range. Observe the traditions of the eagle hunter Kazakhs. Camp under the endless blue Mongolian skies by the crystal-clear waters of mountain lakes.

The great expanse of Central Asia can be seen most clearly from the height of the Altai Mountains. The clear blue sky stretches on forever, and the land seems empty of any sign of life. Silence surrounds you. Yet within this vast space are fertile, green lands, and a wide diversity of ethnic minority groups.

This journey traverses the Altai Mountains from the foothills of the mighty Tsambagarav to the base of the five glorious peaks of Tavan Bogd, the highest in Mongolia. We will pass through green pastures and lush meadows, camping next to crystal-clear mountain lakes and amongst valleys filled with wild flowers. The journey will be on foot and by horseback, but always at a leisurely pace. On the way we will meet nomadic people who maintain one of the world’s most ancient and sustainable ways of life. This journey will give you a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of well-being.

Day 1 Flight to Ulgii – drive to Sagsai River

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a 12.00 AM flight to Ulgii, the center of Bayan Ulgii Province, situated in the far west of the country. This province is populated by the Kazakh minority of Mongolia and the people are Muslims. The flight takes about 4 hours, including a stopover for refueling. Our guide will accompany you on the flight. On arrival at the local airport our staff will meet you and drive you out of town for a late lunch. Then we will drive 35km to the west, across Sagsai River, where we will set up our tented camp.


Day 2 Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain

Today we will drive to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain, at the foot of the majestic 5 Kings Mountains, our destination for the day. From here we can view the peaks of the Altai Mountains and Potanin’s glacier. Horsemen with horses and camels will come to meet us in the evening. We will set up base camp here.


Day 3-4 2 days riding and hiking through the Tavan Bogd Mountains

As the mountainous terrain doesn’t allow vehicles to drive any further we will pack the food and equipment on camels and ride to Tavan Bogd, or the ‘5 Kings Mountains.’ These consist of five snow-capped peaks and a long glacier – Potanin - glistening in front of them. This morning we will saddle up the horses and take a short ride to so that you can accustom yourself to the horse and tack, and to the terrain. Shortly afterwards we will start riding for the day. On arrival at Tavan Bogd we will set up camp at the edge of Potanin’s glacier. The highest peak is Huiten and is at an elevation of 4370m. Our camp will be pitched at about 2900m above sea level. This afternoon and the following morning we will spend a glorious time hiking in the mountains exploring the glacier and foothills of the 5 Kings Mountains. In the afternoon of the fifth day we return to the base camp at Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain.


Day 5 Visit Kazakh families

Today we will have a well-earned rest at the camp. The Kazakh minority people populate this area, and are the only Muslim people in Mongolia. Their gers are a little larger than those of Mongols and are decorated with traditional hand-stitched, colourful rugs. Their traditional dress is also slightly different to that of the Mongols as the men wear large, black dels and small, bright hats. We will visit a Kazakh family and experience their way of life.


Day 6-9 4-day horse ride to Lake Khoton and Lake Khurgan

Today we start our linear horse ride to Lake Khoton & Lake Khurgan, which are connected by a river. Many rivers and streams originating in the Altai Mountains feed the lakes with icy, crystal-clear water. The ride will take 4 days, covering an average daily distance of about 20-25kms. While riding we will pass landscapes of snow-capped mountains, open valleys, lakes and rivers, and cross terrain varying from wide-open grassy valleys to rocky outcrops amongst the lower peaks. Our local horsemen and translator/guide will accompany you throughout the ride. The vehicles will drive ahead and move the camp every evening until we reach a place called Tsookhor Khargai on the shore of Lake Khoton.
(Day 6 – Lake Zagast ; Day 7 – Lake Khagiin ; Day 8 – Mogoin Gol Valley; Day 9 – Tsookhor Khargai)


Day 10 Lake Khoton

Today we will drive along the edge of Lake Khoton , where we will camp for the night. The rest of the day you can swim, hike, or just relax sitting on the shore.


Day 11 Lake Khoton

A day of rest. Dinner is today’s highlight - you will be served a special Mongolian meal of ‘khorhog’ as a farewell. The meal is mutton cooked slowly in a huge, metal urn with vegetables, water and hot rocks from a flaming fire. The meat becomes soft and tasty and the water turns into a thick meaty broth.


Day 12 Khargantiin River – Lake Shar

Today we will drive from Sagsai village towards Ulgii, which is separated by the Khargantiin River. Our destination for the day is the Shar Lake ger camp.


Day 13 Return to Ulaanbaatar

Drive into the township of Ulgii and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Reisecode und Reisetermin:
NRT-012, 23 Aug-4 Sep, 2012

Preis pro Person in einer Gruppe von 9 Personen:
USD3.586

Einzelzimmerzuschlag: USD60
Die Preise beinhalten folgendes:

2 Inlandsflüge, Transport innerhalb der Mongolei, Unterbringung in Zelten während der Reise, 3 Mahlzeiten pro Tag, einen deutsch- oder englischsprachigen Reiseführer, Transfers, Kamel- sowie Pferdereiten, Firmenpersonal inklusive der Fahrer, Pferde- und Kamelmänner, sowie das Personal in den Camps.


Im Preis nicht enthalten:

internationaler Transport, Reiseversicherung, Visas, Ausreisegebühr, alkoholische Getränke, persönliche Artikel.

Der Klient ist während seines Aufenthaltes in der Mongolei selbst dafür verantwortlich, eine abgeschlossene Reise- und Krankenversicherung zu besitzen.


Bitte beachten Sie folgendes:

Auf Nachfrage kann eine Einzelunterbringung auf dem Land gegen einen Aufpreis ermöglicht werden. Falls eine Einzelunterbringung in den Gercamps nicht gegeben war, wird der Betrag anhand derer Übernachtungen berechnet und Ihnen zurück erstattet. Nomads ist nicht für Überbuchungen verantwortlich zu machen, solang die Firma anhand hinreichender Unterlagen beweisen kann, dass dies der Fehler einer anderen Firma war.

Sollten unberechenbare Umstände sowie Quarantäneverhängungen, Änderungen des hiesigen Flug- oder Zugplanes eine Änderung der Reise bedeuten, werden wir Ihren Reisevermittler kontaktieren und eine equivalente Route vorschlagen. Erneut, Nomads kann nicht die Verantwortung fuer die nationale Flug- oder die Eisenbahngesellschaft übernehmen.

Der Reisende ist selbst dafür verantwortlich, gültige Reisedokumente, sowie einen gültigen Reisepass, Visum und Passfotos, zu besitzen.

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