Mongolia In the Footsteps of the Nomad with Tim Cope
Join Australian Adventurer, Tim Cope, for an unforgettable trekking adventure in western Mongolia. Recipient of the Tourism Excellence award by the Minister Oyunkhorol for his ongoing passion and promotion of the region, Tim is well placed to take us from Ulaanbaatar to Ulaangom in the west where we begin the trek in the Harhiraa mountains in the greater Altai range. This is home to a small and intriguing ethnic group called the 'Khotont.' Our trek follows the migratory routes of the Khotont families along the Harhiraa river gorge and eventually up to the spectacular high pass at 3000m between Harhiraa and Turgen peaks. Along the way we'll pass evidence of ancient nomadic people in the form of Turkic gravestone markers. The second half of the Harhiraa trek descends towards the Khovd River. The landscape of the Harhiraa is dominated by open slopes dotted with nomad tents, deep river gorges, alpine lakes, and the inspiring, glacier capped peaks of Harhiraa and Turgen. The second, less demanding part of the journey takes us to Olgiy, the capital of the Kazakh Province of Western Mongolia, and the spectacular mountain of 'Tsaast Uul'. It is here we will experience the Kazakh people who are renowned eagle hunters and trainers.
|DAY 1||Join Ulaanbaatar|
|DAY 2||Fly to Ulaangom, drive to Tarialan|
|DAYS 3/10||Trek in Harhiraa mountains- part of the greater Altai range (5-6hrs /day)|
|DAY 11||Full day trek to Khovd Brigad via waterfall (5.5hrs)|
|DAY 12||Drive to Olgiy, sightseeing in afternoon|
|DAY 13||Drive to Tsaast Uul, stay Kazakh nomads and see trained eagles|
|DAY 14||Full day trek in Tsaast Uul. Stay with Uriankhai minority (4hrs)|
|DAY 15||Trek in Tsaast Uul, to Tolboo Nuur (lake) camp with Kazakh nomads (4hrs)|
|DAY 16||Drive to Olgiy with free time to visit Olgiy market|
|DAY 17||Fly to Ulaanbaatar|
|DAY 18||In Ulaanbaatar, trip concludes|
This trip takes the cake as the best three weeks of my life to date! Everything about this trip was great: run very smoothly and Tim, partnered with with the brilliant local team, has superbly researched the region to uncover those hidden gems foreigners rarely see, like the Kazakh eagle hunters who will fearlessly prop their 10kg ‘pet’ on your arm! Western Mongolia was simply stunning, even overwhelming at times. The landscape enthralling in its enormity, the people tenderhearted in their hospitality, the weather respected in its unique ability to change rapidly, and the culture, distinctively maintained with ancient local singing and music. This trip exceeds all my expectations. Cheers World Ex and Tim Cope!