Western Altai mountain tour

Type: Adventure tours
Destination: Kharkhorin, Arkhangai, Khuvsgul, Zavkhan, Gobi Altai and Khovd
Highlights: Kharkhorin, Erdene Zuu Monastery, Khorgo Volcano, Khuvsgul lake, Otgontenger Mountain, Sharga Gobi and Khovd
Lengths: 18 nights/ 19 days
Adventure level: Extreme
Total driving km: 3000 km
Transportation: drive, (4 wheel driving Japanese jeep)
Season: June 1 – September 1

Khovd is one of the most diverse provinces in terms of its various ethnic groups. The province is called “land of contrast” by Mongols because its inhabitants are quite ethnically and linguistically mixed. The Torguud, Zakhchin, Myangad and Kazakhs live peacefully and herd their livestock side by side. Khovd city was founded by Machju in 1718 on the bank of Khovd River. It consisted of two parts: the Old Town: Sangiin Kherem and the Modern Town of Khovd. Sangiin Kherem was square walls of five meters tall and two meters thick but there is very little wall left. Today’s Khovd city is the important economic and cultural centre in the west.



Ulaanbaatar – Capital city

The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar city which was historically known as Urga and established in 1639 as well as you can enjoy visiting Gandan Monastery – Buddhist center of Mongolia, Sukhbaatar square – main square where the Parliament and Government house and Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan, Mongolia’s last king Javzun Damba Khutagt VIII, built in 1893.

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Huvsgul lake


Huvsgul province, located in the Hangai mountain range in north western Mongolia, unique compared to other parts of Mongolia. Many ethnic groups live in Huvsgul; Halh, Darhad, Hotgoid, Urianhai, Buriad, and it’s the mother land of Reindeer Families “Tsaatan”. It’s the place where Heaven and Earth worshiping Shamans are still very powerful.

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Gobi desert


In the Gobi desert tourists can view vast sand dunes, great Canyon the Glen of Condors, sigh herds of antelopes, khulans /wild horses/, argali /wild sheep/, snow leopards or ibex, visit hospitable nomads who herd the livestock or witness the flaming red cliffs where Roy Chapman Andrews made the discover of dinosaur fossils. The sights are truly endless, but one of great highlights for the tourists is camel riding in the scenic Gobi Desert.

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ERDENE ZUU monastery


In 1586 when the Mongolian Khan Abtaisain returned home from his long pilgrimage to Tibet, he founded the first Buddhist monastery for its beauty it was named Erdene zuu or Hundred Treasures. Erdene zuu was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It is surrounded by a monumental wall with 108 stupas measuring 400x400 meters. Each of the four sites of the wall has a tower gat.

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