Mythical destination on horseback in far west Kharkhiraa


Discovery of hidden far western Mongolia on horseback adventure offers the breath-taking landscapes, multi-cultural diversity in the rural customs and promise you the most challenging moments within this journey.

12 days
  • Driving
  • Horseback
  • Flight
  • Tented_camping

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Kharkhiraa Region

Day 1:
Flight to Ulaangom

Uvs Province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region of 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 horse riding adventure 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. A moderate level of fitness is required, but the ride at certain point hike is not too strenuous even at the higher levels. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and we have to be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer.

Today we will take the plane for Ulaangom, capital city of Uvs Province. After 3 hours of flying we will reach the airport of Ulaangom where our guides and vehicles will be waiting for us.

The foundation of the Ulaangom Monastery was erected in 1871 as Dechinravjaa Monastery. Historical evidence indicates that there were grain plantations in operation in late 17th century in the area of Ulaangom.

After our short visit of the Aimag capital city we will head for starting point, the Blue Lake.

(Tented Camp, L, D)

Day 2:
Blue Lake

After a good breakfast at our host family we will load our packs on the horses.

We will start riding along the shores of the Blue Lake and cross several small passes. The Blue Lake is a beautiful small alpine lake with crystal clean water. The area offers amazing views.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day
3 - 4:
Kharkhiraa River

We will leave the Blue Lake behind us and ride along the Kharkhiraa River, upstream into the direction of Kharhiraa Mountain.

For the next 2 days we will ride through a rocky mountain valley, leaving the fertile open pastures behind us. On the way we will pass ancient burial mounds.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 5: Kharkhiraa Platuea

Today we will cross a pass to reach the open Kharhiraa plateau, a plateau surrounded by glaciers. We will see several smaller lakes in that area. Those glaciers are the sources of the Kharhiraa River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 6:
Turgen Mountain

We will pass the glaciers and ride to the Turgen Mountain. We will cross the Kharhiraa Mountain Pass, lying at 3000m above sea level to reach the Yamaatiin Valley. The pass is located between the Kharhiraa and Turgen glaciers, both over 4000m high. As we pass between the glaciers we will have spectacular views of both valleys on either side of the pass, and of the stunning white glaciers.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 7:
Three Colors Lake

After more riding we will reach the 110 lake area. One of those lake is named the Three Colors Lake. This wonderful valley has a flora and remarkable geological formations in complete contrast to earlier landscapes.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 8:
Yamaatiin Valley

We will continue riding down Yamaatiin Valley. We will reach the Damjig canyon where we will trek for some time in the canyon.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 9:
Goojuur Waterfall

Today we will ride more to reach Goojuur Waterfall.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 10:
Shaazgai Lake

Our last riding day will bring us to Shaazgai Lake were we will meet our vehicles.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 11:
Uureg Lake

Today we will head for Uureg Lake, which lies close to the Russian border and Siberia. It is a large, beautiful slightly salt-water lake surrounded by glorious mountains and some snow-capped 3000 meters plus peaks. The mouth of the valley leading into the lake is lined with nomad's summer gers. The scenery is breath taking and so are the people. We will have the opportunity to visit some families.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 12:
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will reach Ulaangom and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.

(B, L)

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Kharkhiraa Region

Day 1:
Flight to Ulaangom

Uvs Province in the far north west of Mongolia is a spectacular region of 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 horse riding adventure 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. A moderate level of fitness is required, but the ride at certain point hike is not too strenuous even at the higher levels. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains and we have to be prepared for everything, including snow, even though it is summer.

Today we will take the plane for Ulaangom, capital city of Uvs Province. After 3 hours of flying we will reach the airport of Ulaangom where our guides and vehicles will be waiting for us.

The foundation of the Ulaangom Monastery was erected in 1871 as Dechinravjaa Monastery. Historical evidence indicates that there were grain plantations in operation in late 17th century in the area of Ulaangom.

After our short visit of the Aimag capital city we will head for starting point, the Blue Lake.

(Tented Camp, L, D)

Day 2:
Blue Lake

After a good breakfast at our host family we will load our packs on the horses.

We will start riding along the shores of the Blue Lake and cross several small passes. The Blue Lake is a beautiful small alpine lake with crystal clean water. The area offers amazing views.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day
3 - 4:
Kharkhiraa River

We will leave the Blue Lake behind us and ride along the Kharkhiraa River, upstream into the direction of Kharhiraa Mountain.

For the next 2 days we will ride through a rocky mountain valley, leaving the fertile open pastures behind us. On the way we will pass ancient burial mounds.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 5: Kharkhiraa Platuea

Today we will cross a pass to reach the open Kharhiraa plateau, a plateau surrounded by glaciers. We will see several smaller lakes in that area. Those glaciers are the sources of the Kharhiraa River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 6:
Turgen Mountain

We will pass the glaciers and ride to the Turgen Mountain. We will cross the Kharhiraa Mountain Pass, lying at 3000m above sea level to reach the Yamaatiin Valley. The pass is located between the Kharhiraa and Turgen glaciers, both over 4000m high. As we pass between the glaciers we will have spectacular views of both valleys on either side of the pass, and of the stunning white glaciers.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 7:
Three Colors Lake

After more riding we will reach the 110 lake area. One of those lake is named the Three Colors Lake. This wonderful valley has a flora and remarkable geological formations in complete contrast to earlier landscapes.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 8:
Yamaatiin Valley

We will continue riding down Yamaatiin Valley. We will reach the Damjig canyon where we will trek for some time in the canyon.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 9:
Goojuur Waterfall

Today we will ride more to reach Goojuur Waterfall.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 10:
Shaazgai Lake

Our last riding day will bring us to Shaazgai Lake were we will meet our vehicles.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 11:
Uureg Lake

Today we will head for Uureg Lake, which lies close to the Russian border and Siberia. It is a large, beautiful slightly salt-water lake surrounded by glorious mountains and some snow-capped 3000 meters plus peaks. The mouth of the valley leading into the lake is lined with nomad's summer gers. The scenery is breath taking and so are the people. We will have the opportunity to visit some families.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Day 12:
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we will reach Ulaangom and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.

(B, L)


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  • Meals 11B, 12L, 11D
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  • Camping and kitchen equipment
  • National park entrance fees/Museum and Monasteries entrance tickets

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  • City touring
  • International transport
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  • International airport taxes, excess baggage charges. Local flights are limited to 10 kg.
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