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Trek With Tim


Tim has been running small group treks in collaboration with World Expeditions since 2008, and now also runs private tailored trips. He specializes in remote trekking and cultural tours of Mongolia and Russia. Most tours are for adults, but Tim also tries to run one trip a year for school groups to Western Mongolia which have fundraising for community work projects at its core. Tim is constantly trying to evolve as a guide and offer new itineraries that provide the kind of transformative experience that he has undergone himeself. Whether you are a group looking for a customised adventure, a school, or an individual, please browse below for information, and feel free to contact Tim via the enquiry page with queries. All itineraries below can be tailored for small group private trips  depending on budget, timing needs, and level of comfort.


August 21 2019 Depature (there is also a 2020 trip scheduled):

Remote West Mongolia: trek ride, and paddle from summit to steppe


Status: We currently have 6 places remaining (as of 16/Feb 2019). Please contact Tim Cope directly to enquire:

From summit to steppe, a trek and optional horse ride through Mongolia's highest peaks on nomad trails supported by herdsmen with their camels and horses, followed by a canoe voyage down the lake systems and swift water of the Khovd River. This journey, which ran first time in 2017 is a unique itinerary that offers unparalleled experience of both the diverse landscapes of Western Mongolia and its nomadic heritage. The region is not only home to Mongolia's highest peak, Tavan Bogd (meaning 'Five Gods' it reaches 4,374m), but a diversity of nomad cultures including Tuvans, Kazakhs, Uriankhai, and Oirat Mongolian tribes. Ancient burial mounds, Turkic stones, and petroglyphs found dotted throughout the valleys and slopes of the Khovd River basin remind visitors of the remarkable continuity of horseback, nomadic life that has been unbroken here for at least 5,000 years. The Khovd River, which originates in the highest peaks and glaciers of Tavan Bogd and flows 516 kilometres into the lakes and wetlands of the Great Lakes Depression, will be the guide for much of the journey - weaving, meandering, and sometimes tumbling its way from glacier-fed rapids across alpine lakes, through forests and steppe, and gorges that cut deep into rugged semi-deserts. At this time of year as summer crosses into autumn, nomads migrate down from the mountains to the banks of the Khovd River giving us the opportunity to experience their daily realities and understand the intricate nature of their migratory cycle. Experience in canoeing is not required. Please contact world expeditions or Tim directly at with any queries. VIEW THE SHORT FILM ABOUT FIVE GODS EXPEDITION



Gobi Altai Trek


This is one of many tailored options for those people interested in one of Tim's privately organised trips customised for your group's budget, trip length and activty requirements. To enquire about this trip and others please contact tim:


This is a new and exciting itinerary in the remote Gobi Altai - home to Oirat nomads who still live a traditional life, migrating from the desert dunes to ice capped peaks. It is timed to coincide with naadam festival, the bloom of alpine wildflowers, and the annual migration of nomads to alpine highlands. It will be a camel assisted trek with nomads, followed by visiting naadam festival in Chandman village - the famous historical home of throat singing. Naadam here, as opposed to the national events in the city, provides an opportunity to get up close to the horse racing, wrestling, and archery (the so called 'three manly sports') in an authentic environment where one comes to realise that the festival is more about celebrating culture and less about entertainment. The trip will finish with a visit to Eagle hunters in Mongolia's far western province of Bayan Olgiy.


IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE NOMADS  (18 day itinerary departing annually from Ulaan Baatar on 26 July 2019) 

Voted by National Geographic Traveller as a "Tour of a lifetime" in 2011 

Due to cancellation 2-4 places available (get in quick and book through world expeditions as there is a watlist for this trip and places are likely to book out soon)

In 2009, Tim returned to the remote Kharkhiraa-Turgen mountains of Western Mongolia where he reunited with Dashnyam - the man who had guided Tim over the high passes of Kharkhiraa in 2004 during Tim's epic ride from Mongoila to Hungary. This time, he was leading an exploratory trip for World Expeditions, along with long-time Mongolian friend, Tseren Enebish of Tseren Tours. The 18 day journey, taking in the Kharkhiraa-Turgen massif, and finishing among Kazakh nomads in Bayan Olgiy was a life-changing experience for all involved. Since 2009, Tim has been returning to the region anually to run a trek. In 2011 and 2013 he also took groups of Caulfield Grammar students from Melbourne on a trek, which included a community project element in the remote village of Khovd. For Tim, taking small groups to these special places is a way of bridging the nomad world of the steppe, and the realities of modern life in the Western World. All of Tim's tours have some fundraising element for local causes (primarily the Downsyndrome association of Mongolia, and Khovd Soum school in Uvs Aimag province.)

For more infromation on how you can book a trek with Tim please refer to the World Expeditions homepage. (please note, there are no spaces available in the 2015 trek. Places are  To be guaranteed of a place on the trek, its better to enquire early on). 


MOUNTED NOMADS OF WESTERN MONGOLIA (18 day trip departing 21st september)

Limited places available.

Journey with Tim Cope into the heart of the oldest horseback, nomad cultures in the world on a tour that will take you from remote desert landscapes, to high glacier capped peaks, and the bustle of some one of the most isolated, yet vibrant towns of anywhere in Central Asia - the capital of Mongolia's semi-autonomous kazakh province, Olgiy. The journey will feature a travelling safari by Russian jeep, a three day trek accompanied by nomads and their animals, and attendance at the annual 'eagle festival' - the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world. Tim, who has become somewhat of an expert on the history and heritage of the Mongols and nomads more broadly, will be working together with Mongolian professor of biology and veteran traveller, Terbish, to provide a unique, exploratory style journey with a focus on cultural encounters.


No departures scheduled, but also open to interested individuals and small private groups:

Nestled into a southern toe-hold of Siberia, on the frontiers of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China intersect, lie the remote Russian Altai - a remarkable range of 4000m+ glaciated peaks where dense taiga forest, alpine plateaus and raging rivers meet with camel-trodden steppe, and the fringes of Central Asian desert landscapes. The unique ecological tapestry of the region is mirrored by the Altai’s mixed cultural heritage, renowned as the cross-roads of Islam, Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity, and Shamanism. At the heart of Altai culture are the indigenous Altai people – nomads, who submitted to Russian suzerainty in the 19th century, but who still play an important role in the life, and governance of the semi-autonomous ‘Altai Republic.’

In September this year, Tim Cope will lead a 10 day trek for World Expeditions in the shadow of the Altai’s highest peak, Belukha (4506 metres). Tim, a Russian speaker who first visited the Altai in 2000 and has since become impassioned about travel to the greater Altai mountain range, will accompany the group from the village of Tyungur through a series of mixed forests, and alpine ridges, culminating with a crossing of the Karatiurek pass (3060m).

Scheduled in early autumn to coincide with the turning of the deciduous larch and birch and the tourism off-season, the trek promises to be characterised by stable warm days, cold clear nights, and quiet trails. Packhorses –a quintessential in the life of Altai nomads- will be used for the cartage of equipment, and the group will additionally be accompanied by local guides, and a translator.

Like on all of Tim’s journeys, he hopes that the journey will be vehicle for people to come to know the culture of the region, and the unique relationship that the people have forged with their environment over many centuries.