Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Upon your arrival at Ulaan Bataar airport, you will be met by our representative and, after checking in at the hotel, we will take you on a city sightseeing tour and for a welcome dinner. (Hotel/D)
Day 2 Ulaanbatar-Ulgii
We will fly to Ulgii City, in the Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia, about a 3 hour flight. The population of this province is mostly Kazakh, with their own culture and language. At the airport you will be met your English-speaking guide, as well as your driver and expedition cook. Before lunch you will visit the town of Ulgii, seeing such sites as the local museum, the open air market, and the mosque. After lunch we will drive to Tavn Bogd (Five Peaks) National Park, Tsagaan Gol Valley.
The total trip will take about about 7 hours, with an overnight stay along the way in a tent camp (Tent/L/D).
Day 3 Hiking to the Tavan Bogd Base Camp
Today we will hike 6 hours to the base camp of Tavan Bogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels, handled by the local people, they are friendly and helpful. On the way you can see the ice peaks of the Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. The base camp is at an elevation of 3000 m. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 4 Climbing to Malchin Peak
After breakfast we will start slowly walking for about an hour and then start climbing to Malchin Peak (4050 m), which is on the Mongolian side of the Russian border. Malchin Peak is the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks. It takes 6 to 7 hours to climb to the top of Malchin. Most of the climb will be on rocks, then back to camp to relax. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 5 Return to the Oigor River (Oigor Valley)
Today we will hike back to the Oigor River valley, and meet the drivers. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 6 Return to Ulgii
We will say goodbye to our Tuvan friends and take the 7 hour drive back to Ulgii. On the way we will visit with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters. Tonight is our chance to sleep in a Kazakh yurt (ger), and we will celebrate the ascent with cold beers and a traditional Kazakh meal. Alternatively you can spend the night in our own guesthouse, Eagle's Nest, with all modern comforts. (Ger or hotel/B/L/D)
Day 7 Return Flight to Ulaanbaatar
This morning we catch the return flight to Ulaanbataar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping. (Hotel/B/L/D)
Day 8 Depart from Ulaanbaatar Airport