Mongolia In the Footsteps of the Nomad with Tim Cope
Join Australian Adventurer, Tim Cope, for an unforgettable trekking adventure in western Mongolia. He has been presented with the tourism excellence award by the Minister Oyunkhorol for his ongoing passion and promotion of the region. Tim takes 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 Olgii, 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|
|DAY 11||Drive to Olgii|
|DAY 12||Drive to Tsaast Uul, stay with Kazakh nomads|
|DAYS 13/14||Trek in Tsaast Uul region|
|DAY 15||Drive to Tolboo Nuur (lake) and camp|
|DAY 16||Drive to Olgii, fly to Ulaanbaatar|
|DAY 17||Contingency day may be used at start or end depending upon internal flight schedule|
|DAY 18||In Ulaanbaatar, trip concludes|
Tim Cope was an amazingly wonderful leader!