22 days in Mongolia, Altai Krai & Russian Trans-Urals Itinerary

22 days in Mongolia, Altai Krai & Russian Trans-Urals Itinerary

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 5 nights
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Belokurikha, Russia
— 2 nights
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Barnaul, Russia
— 3 nights
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Chelyabinsk, Russia
— 4 nights
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Miass, Russia
— 2 nights
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Magnitogorsk, Russia
— 3 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Hustai National Park. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, don't miss a visit to Ulaanbaatar Railway Station, take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar trip planner.

Roja, Latvia to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Roja in March, expect nights in Ulaanbaatar to be much colder, around -17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Belokurikha.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 12:

Belokurikha, Russia

— 2 nights
Belokurikha is a town and a balneological resort in Altai Krai, Russia, located on the Bolshaya Belokurikha River 250km south of Barnaul, the administrative center of the krai. Belokurikha is known for nature, parks, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Cerkovka Mountain, gear up at Ski Resort Blagodat, make a trip to Temple of the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, and hit the slopes at Ski Resort Danilovka.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belokurikha trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Belokurikha with the Route module. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Barnaul.

Things to do in Belokurikha

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Barnaul, Russia

— 3 nights
Barnaul is a city and the administrative center of Altai Krai, Russia, located at the confluence of the Barnaulka and Ob Rivers in the West Siberian Plain. Barnaul is known for museums, parks, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, stroll around Emerald Park of Culture and Leisure, and pause for some photo ops at T-34 Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barnaul online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Belokurikha to Barnaul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Belokurikha to Barnaul due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Barnaul are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Barnaul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Chelyabinsk, Russia

— 4 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Chelyabinsk is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory, appreciate the history behind Monument of Beggar Man, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pedestrian Street Kirovka, and stroll around Gagarin Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chelyabinsk trip planner.

You can fly from Barnaul to Chelyabinsk in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barnaul to Chelyabinsk, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Chelyabinsk are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Miass.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

Miass, Russia

— 2 nights
Miass is a city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located 96km west of Chelyabinsk, on the eastern slope of the Southern Ural Mountains, on the bank of the Miass River. On the 24th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Сenter Rider, delve into the distant past at Megaliths of Vera Island, and then hit the slopes at Ski resort Sun Valley ( Solnechanya Dolina). On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bell Tower With Chapel of St. John Chrysostom and then explore the activities along Lake Turgoyak.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Miass planning app.

Traveling by car from Chelyabinsk to Miass takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Magnitogorsk.

Things to do in Miass

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

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Magnitogorsk, Russia

— 3 nights
Magnitogorsk is an industrial city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located on the eastern side of the extreme southern extent of the Ural Mountains by the Ural River. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Tyl - Frontu Monument and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ascension. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Temple of Archangel Michael and then cool off at Vodopad Chudes Aquapark.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Magnitogorsk online vacation builder.

You can drive from Miass to Magnitogorsk in 3.5 hours. In March in Magnitogorsk, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnitogorsk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Altai Krai travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · Mountains · Water Parks