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MONGOLIA 2014: Glaciers, Deserts and Culture

  • Aug 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM


4/6/14 UPDATE:  Please see the links below to make deposit payments. For early bird 10% discount, please send your deposits in by April 8, 2014.  





This active/trekking trip is from August 21 to September 9, 2014.

3/15/14 UPDATE: Hi. Here are the answers to people's questions from the 1st meeting:
1.  Group can leave stuff at the starting point of the trek in Ulgii and retrieve the stuff after the trek before starting the Gobi tour.
2. Maximum weight for bags on domestic flight:  15 kg (both carry on & check in).  Extra cost for excess weight: $1.70 per kg.
3. Daily mileage/hours of the hike: 8-25 kms; 5-7 hours a day.
4. Altai temperature @ night/day:  -5+10 celcius at night; +10+25 during day. Snow possible on high camp (such as on days 7-8).
5. Gobi temperature @night/day: +3+15 at night; +10+30 during the day.
6. We are tenting (2-person) the entire time.  But the tours allow visiting nomads and their homes (ger camps).
7. Each person is allowed up to 60kgs of items for animal to carry.
8.  Horse riding is doable in Altai; camel and horse riding are doable in Gobi.
9. On day 2-4, fly fishing for graylings is doable on Altai tour
10. Trip insurance you buy on your own.
11. Refund policy- cancel 31-60 days prior, 75% refund.  Cancel 30 days or less, no refund.

2/23/14 UPDATE:  The information on costs, itinerary, payment deadlines can be found under the File Folder for this meetup group.  Please review the information and email me if you have questions. In a nutshell-

Part 1 Altai Trek for 10 days - $996 (2 people minimum)

Part 2 Gobi for 5 days - $490 (requires 5 pax minimum).

Domestic flight is extra and is about $450 or so round trip.

Due dates:

To reserve - 50% deposit due now but no later than May 8, 2014.

Early bird discount of 10% if deposit is sent by April, 8, 2014.

Flight payment is due by May 8, 2014. Balance is due by June 15, 2014.

Tour costs include meals, camping gear, guide, airport transfers and land transport.

Exclusions: UB hostel stay before and after the tours; domestic flights; alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, single supplement of $28 per day; laundry etc.


Highlights of the trip:

1. Altai Mountain Region (highest mountains in Mongolia)

"In Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, snow capped mountains, glacial valleys, forests and beautiful lakes and rivers create a majestic setting. In the north of the park, Khuiten peak (4374m, the highest point of Mongolia) of the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains and the Potuninii Glacier (23km²) draw alpine enthusiasts from around the world. This park extends over 6,300km² of land, including Altai, Sagsai, Ulaanhus and Tsengel soums. There are about 35 glaciers in the Altai Tavan Bogd including Potaninii Glacier. Throughout the park fishing, hiking canoeing, camping and horseback and camel riding are possible. In addition to recreational activities, the park is rich in archaeological sites including petroglyphs, Turkic men stone and burial mounds."

2. The Gobi Desert

3. Staying in Ger Camps!


Aug 21, Thurs: Fly out

Aug 22, Fri: en route

Aug 23, Sat: arrive at Ulaanbaatar

Aug 24, Sun: fly to Ulgii

Aug 24-Sept2: Trekking/sightseeing in Altai Mountain region

Sept 2: fly to UB

Sept 4-8: Gobi Desert, 5 day/4 nights

Sept 9: Fly home or stay longer

Trip Style: ACTIVE. That means we will be moving around very quickly and doing multi-day treks in the mountains where temperature can fall below freezing at nights (especially in Altai region). 

Trekking tours: Getting around Mongolia without a guide/help of a tour agency is difficult so we will likely have to hire guides/transports for the trekking portions of the trip.  The cost goes down with more people in the group.  More information on the actual cost to be provided as it becomes available.

Accommodation: BASIC.  Hostels, ger camps and tents.

Hiking Ability Level: STRENUOUS. The trek is at high altitude (3300 meters high at the most).  You must be a regular hiker/backpacker and can at least do 7 miles a day with significant elevation.  Please send me an email regarding your hiking/backpacking experience before signing up so I can ensure this trip is suitable for you.

Flights: You're responsible for booking your international flight to and from Ulaanbaatar.  If you have miles, you can book round-trip flight from DC area to UlanBaatar starting at 65,000 miles.

We also have to book internal flights to Olgii - the gateway to Altai trekking - $450 or so.

RSVP YES so you receive future notices/updates.  Email me if you have questions.

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  • Jennifer S.

    Too much packed for the time slot, or I would go tomorrow. NEXT TIME for sure!

    Be safe and have a BLAST! Jenny

    August 20, 2014

  • Jasmine

    All: Really want to go so bad but have to face with the other issue. Have fun.

    May 6, 2014

  • Anis D.

    Sounds fascinating. I can't join this year as I've planned a 3-week trek from western Nepal to Mt. Kailash in Tibet in July. I'm new to CHC but might join your trek next year.

    April 7, 2014

  • BGTrekker

    Hi, all. Just FYI, here is my flight information from DC to Ulan Bator:
    Depart Aug 21 at 11:25pm from IAD TK8(operated by Turkish Airlines); stopover in Istanbul
    Depart Aug 22 at 7:05 from IST (Flight TK342X)
    Arrive Aug 23 at 10:05 am at UB

    As to return flight, you are free to leave whenever the tour you book is over. Personally, I'm taking the TransMongolian railway to Beijing on Sept 11. You're free to join me but make sure to decide soon on this because the train tickets I believe can sell out pretty quickly.

    As a reminder, for the 10% discount, please send in your deposit for the tours you want to book by April 8. I'll let you know about the need to send money for the domestic flights after deposits are made. Feel free to email me for questions. Cheers!

    March 29, 2014

  • BGTrekker

    Hi, all- I uploaded the trip information on Mongolia under the file section again since Meetup had an issue recently. If you still cannot access it, please email me directly.

    March 6, 2014

  • BGTrekker

    Hi- it appears the file is not opening up under the meetup group folder. If you have an issue with it, please send me an email directly and I'll attach the document via email.

    February 24, 2014

    • margo s.

      I was able to open it.

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I' may be interested in going. It'll give me a good endurance goal for the next year. Please keep me posted!

    November 18, 2013

    • BGTrekker

      Information on the Mongolia trip in Aug 2014 is available under the file folder of this meetup group.

      February 24, 2014

  • Sheila

    This looks absolutely amazing!!! Anyone have a cost estimate??

    November 30, 2013

    • BGTrekker

      the information is now contained in the document I uploaded under the file section of this meet up.

      February 23, 2014

  • margo s.

    I am interested but need a better idea of costs.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'm interested in this. not in that shape now, recovering from an injury, but definitely by then I will be. thanks.

    December 31, 2013

  • BGTrekker

    Hi, all. I'm scheduling a get together sometime in February. I'll send out a notice to the group once that's set. I'm out of the country dec 17-jan 7th so I'm unlikely to be able to respond to your emails during that time.

    December 17, 2013

  • Marc S

    "Sayn bayna oo!" (Howdy in Mongolian.) Never made it to the Gobi or Altais in my previous work trips there. I'll have to wait a bit to see if the work schedule allows it, but definitely interested.

    November 29, 2013

  • BGTrekker

    this is a joint event with young adventurers meetup -

    November 18, 2013

  • McKinney

    Sounds like a blast! Now to start training my lungs for high altitude again.

    November 18, 2013

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