Day-5: Upper Orkhon River Valley – Waterfall (21 km distance)
Today we continue our trekking supported by yak carts. Our caravan will set off towards a waterfall which cascades down a basalt canyon to a depth of 20 meters. The Orkhon valley, in which we will walk, is surrounded by the foothills of the Khangai mountain range. Meadows and fir forests are prominant here. Additionally, the Orkhon river valley is lined with the remains of an ancient lava flow. After lodging in a traditional dwelling, a ger, we will admire the waterfall’s splendor as it cascades over a cliff. Overnight in tents near the waterfall.
Day-6: Waterfall-Upper Bituut River (21 km distance)
In the morning we continue our trekking into the Eight Lakes region where fast streams teeming with fish and pearly blue lakes await. We will hike upstream and easily be able to see the ancient lava flow’s remains. Overnight in tents near the Eight Lakes.
Day-7: Upper Bituut River – Shireet Lake (14 km distance)
Using pack yaks we will continueup the Bituut River to our camping ground on the shore of the Eight Lakes, nestled within the northern slope of the Shireet Mountain pass. This is one of the trip’s most memorable places, a place to be remembered forever. This lake is a fanstastic fishing and birding (mainly Cormorant) location. Overnight in tent.
Day 8: Shireet Lake – Volcano Crater – Shireet Lake (13 km distance)
At the Eight Lakes’ main attractions we will spend more time in order to really soak up the atmosphere and environment. There is no hurry as these places are worth savoring. In the afternoon we will climb to an extinct volcano’s crater where we will enjoy one-of-a-kind views of pristine alpine tarns. And behind, the surrounding peaks are reflected in the crystal clear water of this wilderness lake. Our camp will be moved a short distance for us while we are climbing to the crater. Overnight in tents.
Day 9: Shireet Lake – Baruun River (16 km distance)
Today we again use pack yaks, and from today, we will no longer use the yak carts, as the terrain becomes just too difficult for the carts to manuvoer over. We will help pack the yaks. Also, do not forget to bring a small line and hook today for fishing. You can fish for the Grayling fish. Today we leave the Eight Lakes region by trekking west. We will trek uphill, eventually breaching the western ridge of the valley. This region is one of Mother Nature’s wonders. You will bear witness to awesome views of the lakes and vocanic craters. This is truly a sight the needs to be seen to be believed; it lies beyond the imagination. Overnight in a tent alongside a stream in the subsequent narrow valley.
Day 10: Baruun River – Confluence of Uliastai River (13 km distance)
We will continue trekking with our pack yaks . The Baruun River runs through a forested and rocky narrow valley, joining with the Tanch river from the left. Today we trek downhill, descending to the confluence of the two rivers, which is located along a canyon. This is a great spot for Grayling fishing, it being possible even to catch fish hiding under rocks with your bare hands. Overnight in tent.
Day 11: Confluence of Uliastai River – Tsagaan Azargiin Lakes (14 km distance)
Today we conclude our trekking with pack yaks. Today is our final day in the Eight Lakes region. We end our trekking at a small lake and meet our vehicle transport. Around the lake lies a pleasant area of open grassland where nomadic people routinely bring their livestock to graze. We will experience firsthand the locals’ hospitality and have the opportunity to taste Mongolia’s famous fermented mare’s milk, airag. We will experience the nomadic way of life. Overnight in tent.
Day 12: Tsagaan Azarga Lakes – KhugnoKhaan Nature Reserve (Travel by jeep)
We will bid farewell to our new, nomadic friends and head back towards Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the KhugnoKhaan Nature Reserve, an area with unique and striking gratine formations. Overnight in tent or tourist camp.
Day 13: KhugnoKhaan Nature Reserve – Ulaanbaatar (Travel by Jeep)
After departing the reserve, we return to Ulaanbaatar today around 3 pm. You will be transfered to your hotel. Then, there is time for shopping in the State Department Store and perusing Peace Avenue. You can buy souveniers, trinkets, cashmere, etc. Overnight in hotel.
Departure from Mongolia
This trip is best suited for those who enjoy moderate walking with some challenging options along the way.