Trek Otgontenger Uul

Otgontenger Uul trek was designed and tested by Eshar.

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Otgontenger Uul:
trek highlights: 
a. Otgontenger Uul (Youngest Sky mountain, elevation 4008 m') - the highest peak in the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia and the third highest in the country. The mountain is located in Zavkhan Province and it is the only peak in the Khangai mountain range that is capped with a permanent glacier. The south face of Mount Otgontenger is the most extensive granite wall in Mongolia.
traditional Mongolian beliefs have held that wrathful deities inhabit many of Mongolia's sacred mountains. Ochirvaani is particularly associated with Otgontenger.
b. Tsagaan Nuur (white lake) - fresh water lake along the trek's first walking day.
c. Khokh Nuur - anither, bigger fresh water lake. located closer to Otgontenger.
d. Dayan davaa (pass) - a very sacred mountain pass to the mongolians. features a lot of ovoo's and a great view of Otgontenger. 
how to get there:
Public Transportation -  there are public vans from Uliastai to Otgontenger settlement. not daily and leaves when full.
Social Transportation - you can hitchhike from Uliastai to the junction of Bayan children's camp pinned on the map). can take ome time, but there are vehicles going by.
Private Car\Hired Driver - there is a route from Uliastai (pinned on the map) to Bayan children's camp and the starting point.
Horse - follow the car road to Bayan children's camp. takes about 2 days.
difficulty:
easy-medium.
navigation:
easy. there is a car dirt road that goes from the starting point, via Tsagaan Nuur east bank to Dayan Davaa. from the pass you can see Khokh nuur, and after that you follow the creek that goes from khokh nuur to the north until you hit Bayan children's camp or Bogdin gol (river).
maps:a. old russian army maps:
http://loadmap.net/en/m8130 - 1:100,000
http://loadmap.net/en/m8131 - 1:100,000
http://loadmap.net/en/m8132 - 1:100,000
http://loadmap.net/en/m8143 - 1:100,000
http://loadmap.net/en/m8144 - 1:100,000
b. Oruxmaps files (google terrain maps):
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/atv3UTw/Otgontenger.zip
c. trek KML
length:total: 40km.
Km per day: 10~.
four days by foot, three by horse (aprox. six if you start in Uliastai).
water sources:
Tsagaan Nuur - clean water. good to drink, boiling is enough.
Khokh nuur - a little bit muddy. purify and filter
creeks from Otgontenger - clean. boiling is enough,
Bogdin Gol - good to drink only in the parts that are close to Otgontenger. boil/
food:
super markets in Uliastai.
cost:a. guide - there's no need. not sure you can find one.
b. jeep\van - a van from Uliastai is about 10,000\person. jeep from Uliastai is around 90,000 each direction (depends which type of jeep).
c. ger camps - there are ger camps on the road to otgon tenger and on Tsagaan Nuur's west bank.
d. entrance fee and border permit -since it is considerd a "strictly protected area" (by Mongolian law) you need to pay an entrance fee. the ticket can be bought at the ranger's ger (which is in Bayan children's camp). just look around the camp for someone who's dressed in army uniform. importent: since Otgontenger is a sacred mountain climbing it is forbbiden, the ranger will probably make sure that you don't have any intention of doing that (and don't show any because then he wont give you a ticket...)
nomad home stay:
only if someone invites you in.
contact details:
none.
local cellphone coverage:
only in Uliastai.
nearest emergency point:
there's a doctor and an emergency room in Uliastai.


Worship Ceremony 
Once every five years there is an official ceremony worshiping this beautiful snow caped mountain.
In year 2016 it will take place on the early morning of July 22nd.
The president of Mongolia is expected to take part in the ceremony and present his offerings to the mountain.

Find transportation to the ceremony site from Uliastai, the capital of Zavkhan Aimag.
Ask for advice at Chigistei Restaurant, there should be some one speaking English.
Show them this news page announcing the 2016 event.

Otgontenger Uul is one of the three official sacred mountains,
the other two are Burkhan Khaldun and Bogd Khan Uul overlooking Ulaanbaatar from the south.

The site was probably used by Shaman's for rituals and ceremonies 
long before Buddhism became advent in Mongolia. 

The mountain resembles the religious figure named Ochirvani (Vajrapani).
Vajrapani is one of the three protectors of Buddha and the Family protector.

This video performing a worship song for Otgontenger 
shows after minute 3, short video clips from the previous ceremony.

A statue of Vajrapani 
at the base of the Otgontenger mountain








3 comments:

Unknown said...

Thanks we are going on it tomorow ;)

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Unknown said...

Thanks we are going on it tomorow ;)

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Martin Remiš said...

Thanks we are going on it tomorow ;)

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