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5 days - Group Hike with the Mongol herdsmen and yak support.
The best way to personally experience the pace and lifestyle of the local people is to travel the same way and use the same modes of transport as the Mongolian herdsmen themselves. On this journey we trek for three full days into the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and enjoy the beautiful wilderness of the Khentii Mountains.
We will use yaks to pull the traditional wooden carts on which all our equipment will be loaded and transported. If you are an experienced rider, a horse may also be rented for you. No support vehicles will be required, nor are they practical in the roadless area where we are to trek. The yaks will determine the pace of our nomadic journey over easy terrain (max. 20 km per day). A cook who is adept at western and Mongolian cooking will be with us in the field. We will also carry a ger, the traditional felt tent, in which most rural Mongolians still live today. Essentially, this means we can use the services of the local people in the area where we are to travel. They are the experts and we will be able to get a first-hand experience of how to build a ger and move a camp in the traditional Mongolian way.
These trips run with a minimum of 2 passengers.
- Day 1
- Upper Tuul River Valley
- Day 2
- To Baruun Bayan
- Day 3
- To Zaraa Tolgoi
- Day 4
- To Jalman Meadows
- Day 5
- Start/End Place
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia tours
- Country Visited
- Mongolia tours
- 5 Days
- Group Size
On this tour, apart from the short drive to the starting point of our trek and back to the city we will not rely on any motor vehicle support. Instead we utilize traditional wooden carts, that Mongolian families occasionally still use, when moving from one pasture to another. Here we will travel by yak cards and horses.
Guide and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. Tents, camping equipment and all local transport. Local Medevac coverage is also included.
ACCOMMODATION: Very spacious Scandinavian style Tepees, with foldable bed-cots and full bedding. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag. The showers and toilets are in traditional Mongolian tents. A Mongolian ger (yurt) will serve as mobile restaurant. We trek in style!
Any air or train tickets, imported drinks, laundry, rent of riding horse, transfers in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 1 - Upper Tuul River Valley
After breakfast we leave Ulaanbaatar for the Upper Tuul River Valley in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area some 110 km away; a three-hour drive by bus or car. We drive one hour on tarmac road, then one hour through a beautiful steppe valley where there are many herdsmen with their livestock. The last hour we cross the ridge at Zamtiin Davaa, and, travelling through forests, we reach the Upper Tuul River Valley. Pitch camp next to the Tuul River.
AccommodationOvernight in tents next to the Tuul River.
Day 2 - To Baruun Bayan
We load our luggage onto the carts. Our first campsite is in a steppe valley, surrounded by the Hentii hills, which are covered with larch and birch forests. Herdsmen keep their livestock in the southern areas, following a lifestyle that has essentially been the same since the time of Genghis Khan.
AccommodationOvernight in tents.
Day 3 - To Zaraa Tolgoi
Along the way we will split from the yak cart caravan and hike up into the mountains. We will enjoy stunning panoramic views from the ridges. Today we reach the northernmost point of our journey and set up camp at Zaraa Tolgoi (Hedgehog's head).
AccommodationOvernight in tents.
Day 4 - To Jalman Meadows
We are now in a very scenic area, where rivers flow down broad steppe valleys. Around us are forested hills and mountains. Along the rivers there are wooded and alluvial meadows with broad-leaf forests. We trek to the beautiful Jalman Meadows.
Day 5 - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar (3½ hrs). In the afternoon there is free time to explore the city. Ulaanbaatar has some wonderful cultural sites to visit such as the Gandan Monastery and many small museums. Take time to enjoy the atmosphere of this town which reflects its unique history.
Transportation3½ hrs hours
AccommodationOptional Ulaanbaatar hotel
Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adept at both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yoghurt from the herdsmen in the local area.
Please note that groups having less than 5 people will carry no ger (yurt). Just tents.
Private departures: On request, and if available, the Yak Trek may operate on any day. Before or after the season an additional ger (instead of tent) is added, in order to provide warmth on the cold nights.
Family Treks: If you are a family with children, book early, but we are happy to set aside any date as a specific family departure.
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Please note for China, Mongolia and Russia, you will need to arrange your visa before you go. We have supplied links to these visa applications within our Visa section. It is your responsibility to do this before your trip but please don't hesitate to speak to us if you need any assistance. It isn't unusual for our guests to have questions particularly about the Russian visa so please call us if you are in any doubt.