ALTAI TAVAN BOGD


Snow capped Mountain of Mongolia
  • Location: N 49̊ 09’, E 87̊ 49’.
  • Highest peak is Khuiten Mountain.
  • Ulaankhus soum of Bayan-Olgii province
  • Distance: 1936 km west from Ulaanbaatar city, 180 km webs Olgii town
  • Altitude: 4374 m above sea level

Mongol Altai Mountain range is one of the three main mountain ranges in Mongolia and the highest peaks in Mongolia are all situated in this range. Range continued more than 900km. Altai Tavan Bogd and Tsambagarav Mountains are the highest peaks of the West Altai mountain chain.

Huiten peak in Altai Tavan Bogd is the highest point of Mongolia. Glacier and ice are permanent in the high altitude areas of Tavan Bogd the peak of mountain Munkh Khairkhan is 4300m above the sea level. Altai Tavan Bogd protected site in 1996.

The mountains are considered sacred to local Tuvans and Kazakhs. In the shadows of the Tavan Bogd are the Pontuninii Glacier (covering 23 square kilometers) and 34 other smaller glaciers, plus several large lakes and a 10 M waterfall to the south and many archeological sites, which form the Petroglyph Complexes of the Mongolian Altai, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mongolia. The park contains the full spectrum of archeology in Bayan-Olgii with petroglyphs, standing stones, burial mounds, and Kazakh cemeteries. This biggest concentration of petroglyphs with over 10,000, which is the Tsagaan Sala site, is situated along a 15 km river valley. Another popular region of the park is the lakes region, which is renowned for its natural beauty summer 205making it much visited area by tourists and nomadic herders alike. Many eagle hunters live inside the park to hunt the plentiful wildlife during the winter months like Corsac foxes and rabbits. There are many endangered species inside the park including argali sheep, ibex, grey wolves, red deer, black vulture, elk, snow leopards, Altai snowcock, golden eagles, and many others.

The Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is the most visited park in Western Mongolia with a wide variety of activities. Mountain climbing is best during late summer when weather is warmest. Four of the peaks require mountaineering equipment and experience climbers, though the shortest, Malchin Uul (“Herder Peak”) at 4025 M, can be hiked by novices. Near the mountains it is possible to hike Pontuninii Glacier. Hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horse and camel riding, and whitewater rafting is popular throughout the summer and autumn, with tour packages of several days or weeks available. The best area to hike is around the lakes and to the Tavan Bogd Base Camp at 3092 M elevation. Tour guides can help you find the best archeological sites and to spot wildlife. Fishing is permitted in the park from middle June to April. Joining an eagle hunter with the help of a guide is available during the winter hunting season (See Tour Guides for more information). Everything except mountain climbing and rafting is available through the winter. Backcountry skiing has become increasingly popular on the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains during April and May when the snow is deep and fresh, though the numbers are still small.