This is a journey to the wild and remote Altai Tavan Bogd mountains of the Mongol Altai Mountain Range which lies on the border with both Russia and China, some 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) in the far west of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The Tavan Bogd (Holy Five Peaks) highest and most spectacular peaks in Mongolia. The massif is made up of five peaks Khuiten (meaning cold) at 4374m/14.350ft, Naran, Olgii, Burged and Malchin (4082m/13.392ft also it is called Nairamdal-Friendship). Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. Tavanbogd is one of Mongolia's permanently covered with snow and large glaciers including Potanin’, Aleksandra and Graneg glacier. Potanin Glacier is the longest in Mongolia and stretches 20 kilometers. Mount Khuiten (4375m) is Mongolia’s highest peak and one of the most beautiful mountains in Mongolia.
This unique Mongolian journey is designed for the adventurous spirit and for climber and trekker. Our expedition allows trekkers to join the group without climbing and just go trekking and explore the remote regions near Base Camp and climbs the non-technical Malchin peak (4037m / 13,245ft), we can see dramatic views of the Potaniin Glacier. Our expedition is supported by horses and camels. Discovering the land of Genghis Khaan, land of blue skies, sleeping in traditional felt covered nomad’s ger, trekking through the Altai Mountains, climbing the Highest peaks in Mongolia, camping in the colorful valley and experiencing nomad’s life and culture. It is an unforgettable journey.
· A good level of fitness
· Confident in the use of ice axe and crampons
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DAY 1: ULAANBAATAR (H, D)
On arrival we transfer to the hotel and spend a little time getting organised before exploring the city: Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest monastery and the centre of Buddhism. Here you will see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. Given time, the group should visit the National History Museum with its fascinating exhibition of Genghis Khan. In the evening we have a briefing and group meal.
DAY 2: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK/ GENGHIS KHAN STATUE (B,L,D,G)
An early breakfast meet the guide and then drive to Terelj National Park (70 km). On the way, we will visit Chinggis Khan Satatue. The statue is 40m high and is erected for in memory of the Great Khan. Also it is largest horse statue in the world. Afternoon we will reach beautiful Terelj national park and visit a horseman family, experience the nomadic life and culture and horseriding, try a traditional drink airag-fermented mare's milk. Also we will do hiking to small beautiful Ariyapala monastry. Then we will see sunset on top of the mountain. Enjoy stone grilled real Mongolian BBQ for Dinner at luxury tourist camp and overnight at the camp.
DAY 3: FLY TO BAYAN OLGII (B,L,D,C)
We fly early in the morning to Olgii in the far west of Mongolia (5hrs). On arrival we meet our local agent for lunch whilst our gear gets loaded into jeeps for our journey west to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. The terrain is quite green in the fertile river valleys compared to the contrasting dry hills that surround interspersed with herds of yaks, camels and sheep. The local herders are Kazakh and you will see their colourful Yurts (traditional houses) dotted around. Please note the flights can be delayed and it is important to adopt a relaxed approach, but things will eventually happen and it may mean the journey west will split over a second day!
DAY 4: TREK TO BASE CAMP (B,L,D,C)
You will wake to the unfamiliar sound of Mongolia’s famous Bactrian camels (two humps) that will be awaiting our gear for the carry into base camp on the edge of the Potaniin Glacier. The walk is a beautiful 15kms hike offering great views of the glacier and the peaks stretching beyond.
DAY 5: ACCLIMATISATION WALK TO AROUND 3500M
It is important to acclimatize slowly and not to rush so today we take a walk up to 3500m for views down into Russia (5-6hrs). In the afternoon we practice roping up for glacial travel, before organising our gear for our high camp. (C, B,L,D)
DAY 6: TREK TO OUR HIGH CAMP 3600M
Today we start out early for the walk up to our high camp below Mount Khuiten (6-7hrs). The route follows the right hand side of the Potaniin Glacier, before dropping onto the glacier itself where we rope up and continue up the middle for about 8kms. Looking back you will see that classic view of a spectacular glacier flowing away into the distance. We should arrive at high camp early in the afternoon leaving plenty of time to explore or relax (C, B,L,D)
DAY 7: ASCENT OF KHUITEN
Although we have spare days available for bad weather we will place our main effort initially into the ascent of Mount Khuiten the main objective of the expedition, thus taking no chance. To gain the best snow conditions underfoot we make an alpine start whilst the snow is still frozen making our journey through the crevassed Potaniin Glacier safer. From the summit you will be able to look down into Russia, China and of course Mongolia with their very differing landscapes. (7-9hrs) (C, B,L,D)
DAY 8: ASCENT OF NAIRAMDAL
A much shorter walk of 2-3hrs soon gets us on to the summit Mt Nairamdal and the opportunity to visit three countries with three short jumps! The summit lies on the triple border of Russia, China and Mongolia giving it a unique feel. We return to BC for Breakfast and then head straight off down to the warmth and green of basecamp. (C, B,L,D)
DAY 9: ASCENT OF MALCHIN PEAK 4037M
Fully acclimatised and rested we should find the ascent of Malchin Peak reasonably straight forward despite the amount of height gain (4-6hrs) (C, B,L,D)
DAY 10: TREK OUT FROM BASE CAMP
A relaxing morning to pack and leave for the road head. (C, B,L,D)
DAY 11: RETURN TO OLGII
Today we drive back to Olgii stopping along the way to visit local Kazakh families and the opportunity to visit a ‘Golden Eagle Hunter’ for a cultural display of these birds of prey in their full splendour. We should arrive in Olgii late in the afternoon giving time to explore the local bazaar, before a farewell dinner with our local staff and enjoy folklore music and songs of Kazakh. Overnight in tourist ger camp (C, B,L)
DAY 12: RETURN TO ULAANBAATAR
Today we fly back to Ulaanbaatar to enjoy the capital and the comforts of our hotel. In the evening we will see fascinating performance of traditional folk songs, throat singing, and beautiful melody of horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and artistic contortion. (H,B)
DAY 13: DEPARTURE
Our unforgettable “Climb the Mount Khuiten-Mongolian Highest Peak” tour is now completed and we will end our tour by transferring you Chingis Khaan International airport with Hovd Tour Team. (b)
From middle of May - To beginning of October
2, 4 up to 12 people
13 days/12 nights
$3,575.00 USD per person for 2-3 pax:
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
· Internal flights: Ulaanbaatar-Olgii-Ulaanbaatar
· All land transport according to the programme
· Camel transport to/from Base Camp
· Accommodation and all meals listed above
· Mongolian Expedition leader
· Local guide/cook/translator and all costs associated with him
·All camping equipments
· Border formalities
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
· International flights
. Visa fees
· Meals in UB and drinks
· Excess baggage on personal gear
· Cost of an expedition finishing early (e.g. extra hotel nights)
A detailed equipment list is provided on booking but you will require at least the following items of equipment.
4 season sleeping bag (-20°C)
Good boots such as Boreal Latok or Millet Alpinist
crampons, Harness, Ice axe, 2 karabiners, 2 slings
Down jacket, Waterproofs, Warm clothing
Hat & gloves, Cat 4 sunglasses
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