Larapinta Trek

We had a wonderful time on our recent 8 day Larapinta Trek. The trip was made all the more enjoyable by the assistance of our guides Adrian and Craig. Their flexibility, steady temperaments, knowledge, friendship, experience, sense of humor and ability in the kitchen took all the difficulties out of our experience. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything that should have happened happened, and happened when it should have. They made the whole experience for us a simple walk in the bush. We could not reccommend them more highly.

Peter Surtees | St Ives, NSW

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.

Brief Itinerary

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

traveller reviews

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!

M Haussrer New Zealand

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Trip Code: IFN
Trip Grading: Moderate to Challenging
Duration:  18 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Trekking
Next Trip:  26 July 2017
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price: $7,390.00 AUD

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