Mount Khuiten - Mongolia
Mongolia, Climbing, 15 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,245 (land only) - from $4,540 (land only)
Tom Richardson and Ade Summers - our expert leaders for Mt Khuiten - have clocked up 20 ascents of Khuiten between them!
- A climbing expedition to the the world`s most remote peak
- Mount Khuiten, Mongolia`s highest mountain
- Climbing in the land of Ghengis Khan
- At Nairandal`s summit, Mongolia, China and Russia meet
- An insight into Mongolia's Wild West
At the heart of Mongolia's Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks), Mount Khuiten is one of the least accessible mountains on earth. This massif lies on the border with both Russia and China, some 2000 kilometres west of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. After sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar and enjoying a day's preparatory trekking in the nearby Bogdkhan National Park, we continue our journey to the remote Kazakh province of Bayan Olgii. On our 1-day trek to basecamp we are assisted by camels and their drivers and there should be the opportunity to meet and take tea with nomadic herders at their traditional ger encampments. Starting out with the straightforward trek to the summit of Malchin (4037m), we gain dramatic views of the Potaniin Glacier and of our subsequent climbing objectives; the relatively steep and challenging Mount Khuiten (4374m) and the easier, non-technical snow dome of Nairandal (4082m). More than just a superb climbing expedition, this is also a fascinating travel experience in a rarely-visited corner of the world.
Is this holiday for you?
The group of peaks which provide the objectives for this great climbing holiday in Mongolia are quite high, at around 4000 metres. However, our 3-day approach to the region, together with the 15 kilometre walk-in to our basecamp, should provide the group with sufficient preparation. Certainly, by the time we have ticked off the straightforward peak, Malchin, everyone should be in good shape. Our well-established itinerary, including the use of a high camp, makes our 3 objective peaks more easily attainable within the timescale of the expedition. This is not a long or sustained trekking trip, but each of the climbing days will present a fairly tough challenge, with 500 to 1100 metres of ascent. The group will be roped together during the 8 kilometre approach to high camp across the Potaniin Glacier. This is relatively straightforward glacier travel, but there are some crevassed sections. For this part of the expedition, group members will need to carry all of their personal equipment, plus a share of the group's equipment.