Altai Mountains Expedition: Kazakhstan to Mongolia

07/04/2020 through 06/18/2021
07/04/2020 through 07/08/2021
Intrepid Travel

Altai Mountains Expedition: Kazakhstan to Mongolia

Go wild – very wild – as you unlock the beauty of the Altai Mountains on an 18-day far-out adventure through Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. Beginning in Nur-Sultan (Astana), travel to the depths of Russia and the Uch-Enmek National Park, making your way to some of the most isolated and spectacular mountain passes in the world. Weave your way into western Mongolia and discover the secrets of the Ice Age with a glacier trek in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, and see truly wild Takhi horses in Khustain National Park. If you crave those weird and wonderful places, then this is about as uncharted as you can get. So much so, that our inaugural Intrepid Uncharted Expedition, which this trip is based on, sold out in days. This definitely isn’t the usual itinerary you’ll pick up from your local travel agent.

Activities

  • Nur-Sultan – City tour
  • Gorno-Altaisk – A.V. Anokhin National Museum of Altai
  • Lake Teletskoe – Boat trip
  • Uch-Enmek NP – Karakol Valley & Altai villages tour
  • Uch-Enmek NP – Family lunch
  • Chulyshman River Valley – Katu Yarik Pass
  • Chulyshman River Valley – Ak-Kurume (Mushroom Stones)
  • Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Tsagaan Gol River – Tuvan family visit
  • Ölgii – Kazakh family visit
  • Khustain National Park
  • Ulaanbaatar – City tour

Highlights

  • It’s unlikely you’ll have many other chances to get this isolated in Central Asia and do the amazing things that you will experience on this expedition. This is a trip of unmatched adventure and is defintiely one to show off about.
  • Walk the most spectacular mountain pass into the Chulyshman River Valley with your small group. This road is like nothing you would have encountered before, and you’ll be camping right in its heart.
  • On your way to the Karakol Valley, stop by the Anokhin Museum in Gorno-Altaisk to see the Siberian Ice Maiden – the 2500-year-old mummified remains of a Eurasian woman only discovered in the 1990s.
  • Take on the mighty Pontanin Glacier – the longest in Mongolia – on a trek through the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. Your expert local guides will get you up close and personal to this beast of nature.
  • You’ll be visiting a lot of new, isolated regions so you’ll want to hear from local people. Use this opportunity to interact with indigenous communities, including the Altai people, who have a sacred connection to nature. Read more about meeting some of the communities in Mongolia here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/ger-camp-western-mongolia/

Itinerary

Day 1 Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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Day 2 Nur-Sultan (Astana) – Overnight train
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Day 3 KAZ/RUS Border Crossing – Barnaul
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Day 4 Gorno-Altaisk – Uch-Enmek National Park (2821 m)
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Day 5 Uch-Enmek National Park
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Day 6 Uch-Enmek National Park
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Day 7 Chulyshman River Valley (2200 m)
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Day 8 Chulyshman River Valley
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Day 9 Chibit
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Day 10 RUS/MNG Border Crossing - Tsagaannuur (2300 m)
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Day 11 Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
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Day 12 Potanin Glacier Base Camp (3000 m)
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Day 13 Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
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Day 14 Olgii
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Day 15 Khustain National Park
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Day 16 Khustain National Park
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Day 17 Ulaanbaatar
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Day 18 Ulaanbaatar
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