Difference between revisions of "Altai Tavan Bogd National Park"
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Located south of Mongolia's highest mountain, this national park covers an area of 6,000 sq kms and is home to three lakes and a glacier.
Flora and fauna
Argali sheep, Beech marten, Golden eagle, Ibex, Moose, Red deer and Snow cock.
In the park region there would be snow until end of May.
Rainy season is from mid of july to Mid of August. Average temperature in Summer: Day : 16-25°C, Night: 7-13°C
From Ulgii center to ATB National Mountain is 180 km.
Park permit is required to enter the ATB National Park. Buy an ATB National Park permit from ATB National Park Administation office in Ulgii center. Park permit costs 3000 tugrik (Approx. $2.4 ). If you are going into the park, which is next to the border with Russia and China, you will also need a border permit obtained from the border guards office in Ulgii center. Not having one can potentially get you arrested. Your tour company will take care of this for you, or you can ask at the national park information office for someone to help arrange this for you if traveling independently.
Independent travellers in the park will find that park rangers and border guards will stop and ask for permits and fine you accordingly if you don't have them.
Most of the tour companies who travel in the park will bring you to their own pre-arranged accommodation, either their own lodge or camp set up. There are a few very scattered ger (yurt) camps around, but you'll have to check with the park office for their current locations.
Inside the park, there are no commercial lodges, hotels, backpackers, etc. Independent travlers can find lodging with local Khazakh herders if they want to get a very enjoyable and interesting local experience. If you do this, pay them for your stay. Income opportunties for these people are very limited. Two to four dollars a night is currently acceptable and good value for the experience. When traveling further into the mountains, there is no lodging unless you carry a tent, and this is recommended.
When traveling in the park, especially if you're an individual or an independent group, it's best to register with the park office and let them know your intentions. There is no "rescue" service of any kind in Mongolia, but at least they'll know where to begin looking for you if you do go missing or get hurt. Locals are very kind and helpful, but if you do get seriously injured, it will basically be up to your own initiative and strength to get you out of there. Good seasonal clothing, first aid kit, backcountry equipment for the activity your planning and a little knowledge of the area are essential.