Tour Mongolia’s wide open spaces and experience Siberia’s spectacular flower show on this unique East Asian tour.

Altai Explorer

Explore Mongolia and Siberia on this discovery style expedition across Mongolia to the remote Western Bayan Olgii province and beyond to Siberia’s strikingly picturesque Altay Republic. In Mongolia visit historic Kharkhorin and Tsagann Nuur Volcanic National Park. In Siberia our route tracks through the forests and peaks of the Chuysky steppe to remote Ust-Koksa where we have time to explore the alpine meadows of this beautiful mid Altay region of mountains and lakes before heading to Novosibirsk to conclude.

Talk to us if you would like to travel to UlaanBaatar by train, or take the Trans Siberian train from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk/Lake Baikal at the end of the tour

US$ 5500

all inclusive, based on twin share and minimum of 2 travellers
Single Room Supplement for Russia available

Escorted by SRA local professional tour leaders
Trip duration
18 days
9℃ - 24℃
Hotels, Guest house and Ger camps.
4WD vehicle and coach
Commence UlaanBaatar
4 June 2019
Conclude Novosibirsk
21 June 2019
Max 8
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 arrive Ulaanbaatar
Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. The tour commences with dinner tonight.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
Full day sightseeing including Ganden monastery and the Museum of Natural History. Lunch at Mongolian cuisine restaurant and time permitting, visit a Cashmere Factory shop

Day 3 To Kharkhorin
Depart UB by 4x4 cars and head west across the steppe to Kharkhorin. The route is through the Tuul Gol river basin and Mongol Els dune system. We’re planning a traditional musical performance this evening at the Ger Camp.

Day 4 To Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Spring
Sightseeing this morning includes Erdene Zuu Monastery and the ruins of Kharkhorin, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. This afternoon drive to Tsenher Jiguur Hot Springs.

Day 5 To Tsagaan Lake
Drive to Tsagaan Lake in Arhangai Province. Surrounded by extinct volcanoes, Terkhiin Tsagaan is one of the most beautiful lakes in Mongolia, the lake, bird life and mountains are protected within the 73000-hectare Khorgo-Terkhiin

Day 6 To Khodrogo camp site
Depart to drive along the northern shore of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur lake on dirt tracks to the formed road over Solongot Pass to the Ider Valley. We plan a stop at Tosonchengel before arriving at the camp site.

Day 7 To Khyargas Nuur camp site
Continue overland across the steppe to Khyargas Nuur Lake and the Hetsuu Had Ger Camp.

Day 8 To Ulaangom / Uureg Lake
Continue to to Ulaangom (red sand); a pleasant tree lined town with a thriving market reputed to be the best in western Mongolia. Overnight in Ger Camp by Uureg Lake.

Day 9 To Ulgil town
Head towards Ulgii town. There are two major river fords on this route – if the rivers are high then a detour is required to cross the bridge over the Khovd Gol. Arrive in Ulgii town, the capital of Bayan-Olgii province and visit a Kazakh family for a meal and tour around Kazakh market. Overnight in Ger camp.

Day 10 To Tsagaanuur border and Chibit
Drive to the Mongolia-Siberia border at Tsagaanuur. Meet our Siberian guide and vehicle, complete Russian border formalities and continue to Chibit.

Day 11 Excursion to Aktru Glacier
Drive into the mountains in a 6WD Ural truck across the steppe and up the rough track through the larch forest to the Aktru mountaineering base camp where we set out on foot to climb the moraine for views and lunch.

Day 12 To Ust-Koksa
Today drive down the Chuya valley to Yaloman at the confluence of the River Katynand take the road to Ust-Koksa. Overnight at Ust-Koksa

Day 13 To Bashtalinskie Lakes
This morning set out by purpose built cross country vehicle for an excursion to the stunning alpine meadows at Bashtalinskie lakes high on the slopes of Terektinsky Ridge.

Day 14 To Red Mountain
Full day excursion today by cross country vehicle to climb to the lakes and alpine meadows near red mountain. The meadows surrounding these eight alpine lakes provide a brilliant display of wildflowers in the spring.

Day 15 To Chemal
Back on the road for the 378km drive to Chemal. Time to visit the historic ‘ old believers’ village of Verhnyi Uymon before continuing down valley to the pretty village of Chemal.

Day 16 Chemal
Today we plan to wander through the lanes of Chemal village with its wooden houses and garden plots and walk along the ‘gulag’ trail to a small monastery perched on a small island mid stream in the Katun River.

Day 17 To Novosibirsk
Today our route takes us to Gorno-Altaisk where we visit the ethnological museum of the Alaty Republic then out of the mountains onto the vast Siberian plain to cross the Biya river at Biysk and continue to Novosibirsk where we expect to arrive late in the day.

Day 18 Novosibirsk depart
We have some free time in Novosibirsk this morning and after lunch have a sightseeing program in and around the city. Early evening transfer to airport for departure flight.
OR to the Railway station to continue to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
OR Moscow and St Petersburg with our extension recommendations and arrangements.

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