Dramatic landscape in a remote corner of the World

The remote snow capped peaks of Uvs province are the setting for a truly wild and adventurous trek in Western Mongolia, where you will be delighted by the unspoiled beauty of this vast and varied country.

Unrivalled scenery, outstanding hiking trails

Sometimes it is possible to trek for a whole day, or even more than a day, without meeting anyone else. Local families live in the high valleys only during the summer months and during the winter they move lower to be closer to the village.

Mongolia - an inspiring destination for everyone

The views that you may see whilst trekking in Mongolia are beautiful, unusual and probably enjoyed by few other people. We hike in remote parts of the country rarly visited by foreign tourists.

Discover a different world - the natural beauty of Mongolia

High up in the mountains of the Uvs region of Mongolia, lie beautiful freshwater lakes, ancient glaciers and rare plants. Even the local people do not travel here often - only occasionaly in the summer months when moving their location.

There's no place like Mongolia for magnificent trekking adventures

All our guided tours will take you to some of the most remote parts of Mongolia and will give you opportunities to meet the local people and to experience their fascinating nomadic lifestyle.

Dates : 7 - 18 July 2017 | Size : min 4 people | Type : 8 - Day Trek
Location : Western Mongolia | Total Duration : 12 Days | Price : $3695/pp

Uvs province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region encompassing permanently snow-capped mountains, glaciers, torrential rivers, salt-water and freshwater lakes, sand dunes and a fantastic variety of animals and plants. The local people use camels as well as horses as working animals, and we will be accompanied by local guides on horseback with their camels which carry all the luggage and equipment. Our 8-day trek to Mount Kharkhiraa and Mount Turgen covers a distance of approximately 120km and includes two high passes at altitudes of 2930 metres and 2944 metres.

  • View of Mount Kharkhiraa and Blue Lake from Uliastai Pass
  • 8th Century "Stone Men" sculptures and ancient Khurgan Graves
  • Mount Kharkhiraa glacier and remote plateau
  • Dramatic descent from Yamaatiin Pass down to the Yamaatiin valley


A good level of fitness is required, although the hike is not extremely strenuous even at the highest altitudes. There are several fast river crossings, for which we get a lift on horseback. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and you must be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer. Towards the end of the trek, as we get closer to the border with Kazakhstan, the people are Kazakh rather than Mongolian.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

THIS ITINERARY IS SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH A GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS.


  • DAY 1

    Arrive in   'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

  • DAY 2

    Take the 3 hour   'flight' to Ulaangom in Uvs. Travel by jeep to the top of the   'Uliastai' valley where the road ends and we meet the trek crew. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 3

    Hike up to the pass for a great view of the Kharkhiraa range. Trek down to the   'Khukh Nuur' (Blue Lake) and around its shoreline. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 4

    Hike over four low passes to reach the river where there are some ancient (7th and 8th century)   'Graves'. Continue along the valley and cross the river where the Turgen and Kharkhiraa rivers meet. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 5

    Trek along the valley of the Kharkhiraa river, past a high wall of red cliffs and up to the foot of   'Kharkhiraa Pass' and set up camp in a dramatic valley surrounded by snow covered mountains. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 6

    Climb to the top of Kharkhiraa pass and across a wild open plateau surrounded by   'Glacier'. Take lunch beside the beautiful   'Deglii Tsagaan' lake at the foot of Deglii Tsagaan mountain, then continue hiking to to reach Turgen Mountain national protected area.

  • DAY 7

    Hike up to   'Yamaatiin Davaa' pass, the highest point of the trek and down into Yamaatiin valley. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 8

    Trek down this wonderful   'Yamaatiin Valley' whose flora and remarkable geological formations are in complete contrast to the landscape seen previously. Overnight camping.

  • DAY 9

    Trek to Khotgor, a small   'Kazakh' coal mining village. Meet our driver and travel by jeep back to Ulaangom. Overnight hotel.

  • DAY 10

    Morning at leisure to enjoy the shops and market, which seem much more sophisticated than they did when we arrived 8 days ago. Afternoon   'flight' to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight hotel.

  • DAY 11

    Free day in Ulaanbaatar to enjoy the   'museums', art galleries, temples and restaurants. Overnight in hotel.

  • DAY 12

    Departure.

  • USD   3695/pp Tour price is based on a group of 4 people.  We accept other major currencies.


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Mt. Kharkhiraa Trek Tour Map

The remote mountainous area of western Mongolia is wonderful for trekking, offering unspoiled wilderness, dramatic views and a great opportunity to hike alongside local people who bring their camels to carry all the food and camping equipment. Along the way we meet nomadic families living a lifestyle that has changed little over the centuries and towards the end of the trek the local people are Mongolian Kazakhs having a different culture and language.

Tour Information:

Mount Kharkhiraa trek description and details. Read the following information about this trip:

  •   This tour is fully supported
  •   Accommodation on trek is wild camping
  •   Trip accompanied by HikeMongolia guide and local staff
  •   Luggage carried by camels and horses
  •   Walkers must be fit enough for the trail
  •   This tour is guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 people
  •   Maximum group size 10 people
  •   We accept other major currencies

Tour price includes the following items:

  •   All Meals (except Ulaanbaatar)
  •   3 Nights Hotel "Continental"
  •   1 night local hotel in Ulaangom town
  •   Entrance permit for strictly protected area
  •   Hire of tent
  •   All Transportation (except UB airport transfer)
  •   Domestic return flight Ulaanbaatar - Ulaangom
  •   English Speaking Guide

Tour price does not include the following:

  •   International Flight
  •   Visa Cost
  •   Ulaanbaatar Airport Transfers
  •   Flight excess baggage charges
  •   Lunch and dinner in UB and Ulaangom
  •   Tips
  •   Sightseeing costs in Ulaanbaatar
  •   Alcohol and Soft Drinks

Highlights of this trek:

  •   Flight over Mongolia
  •   Blue Lake
  •   Ancient graves
  •   Stone men sculptures
  •   Nomadic families
  •   Mongolian Kazakh gers
  •   Mounts Kharkhiraa and Turgen National Park
  •   Yamaatiin valley

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