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Buy a good map of the area before you go. You can get topo maps and travel maps at the "Map Shop" in Ulaanbaatar. The Visitor Information Centre in the main post office just off (west) of Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar can direct you to this.

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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is in Bayan-Ulgii Province, Mongolia. .


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

Get in

From Ulgii center to ATB National Park is 180 km.

There are no bus or taxi services from Ulgii center, where the National Park Headquarters are, to the park itself. You will have to find your own way there by hiring a car (russian jeep or microbus) and driver. You can ask at the park information center in Ulgii to help arrange a car and driver for you. They will know the current daily rate. Alternatively, the local Ulgii hotels and tour companies can also help. It is up to you to make sure the car and driver are safe, ie: good running condition, tires, spares, water, first aid kit, etc and that the driver doesn't drink! There are good drivers and bad drivers.

For any service you request, you will most likely be directed to a family member of whomever you're asking. Since they're all related to some extent, this is unavoidable and not really a bad thing.


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.


Lots to do in the park. High alpine and very serious climbing, backcountry skiing (may spring skiing is great!), fishing, great mountain trekking, horse and camel trekking, whitewater kayak and rafting, and learning about and experiencing the unique khazakh cuture of the area.


Buy a good map of the area before you go. You can get topo maps and travel maps at the "Map Shop" in Ulaanbaatar. The Visitor Information Centre in the main post office just off (west) of Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar can direct you to this.


  • Pamukkale. A Turkish restaurant offering both Turkish and Western dishes.




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.


If traveling with a tour company they will (or should) have everything you need for a comfortable camping experience. Take pains to make sure they are reputable and do have what you need. Ask the park information office about good camping areas in the park.

There are very few designated camping sites around the park, so it's basically up to you where you want to put your bones for the night. If around a herder family, it's a good idea to ask if you can camp closer to their ger (yurt). Most will enjoy having you there and you will be secure for the night.

The same rules for camping apply here as anywhere else in the world. If you pack it in, pack it out! This is especially important in and around the base camp area for the Tavan Bogd (five kings) range, where serious high alpine climbing can be had. It is a very fragile area and easily impacted by human use.

AS for camping toilet needs. There are no toilets. If you don't know how to "shit in the woods", you'll want to practice a bit before undertaking a Mongolian adventure.


Stay safe

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.

When traveling alone anywhere, it's always a good thing to play it safe. There is potential to run into a few rogues along your route. It is a wild place and far from anywhere. That's what's appealing. Hopefully as a traveler you already have the experience to read situations as they arise when coming across certain individuals. When camping for the night, it's a good idea to ask a local herder to camp near their ger (yurt) for extra safety. If that's not possible, be discreet in choosing where to set up the tent.

Get out

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Same as getting in. Either the tour company you're with will arrange this, or you do with a local car and driver.