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Mont Altai

Mont Altai (Mongolia)

Practical information about Mont Altai

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Horse
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr by Jeep from Khovd
When to go
In summer
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Mont Altai

Marc Sigala Travel writer
67 travel articles

The Mongolian Altaï begins to the southeast of the Great Altaï and runs as far as the Gobi, which sits to the east and south of the range. It's name in Mongol means 'mountains of gold'.

My suggestion:
You can climb up to and beyond 4,000m without specialist gear, so it's worth making the most of the opportunity whilst you're there. Mount Malchin, for example, has breathtaking views and the climb is not particularly hard.

This mountain range boasts the highest peaks that you'll find during your trip to Mongolia. The amazing Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is home to no less that five summits of more than 4,000m.

The setting is spectacular. Sheer rock faces, glaciers, mounds of snow - a vast, pure mass that made this one of my favourite destinations in the country. I also loved the cultural diversity in this region, home to a multi-ethnic population. You can learn so much about the Mongolian people, who, no matter what the circumstances, are the most welcoming of hosts.

I also had the chance to see the stunning lakes that line the route, notable Lakes Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan. Bear in mind that you'll be in the heart of Mongolia's wilderness, so plan ahead and make sure you've stocked up on provisions.

The mountain plains at Altaï