Join us as we climb one of Mongolia’s highest peaks, Mount Khuiten which simultaneously borders Russia, China and Kazakhstan.
Mount Khuiten is one of the highest peaks of the Altai Mountains and the highest point of Mongolia at 4374 m. The Kuithen Peak simultaneously borders Russia, China and Kazakhstan and is close to other beautiful peaks: Malchin, Niaramdal, Naran, Snowchurch and Olgii, and Mongolia’s longest glacier, Potanin, 19 km long.
Day 1 Arrival in Ulaan Bataar
Our wait for you at UlaanBaatar airport representatives will meet you at the airport and after checking in at the hotel, we will take you on a city sightseeing tour and to a welcoming dinner.
Day 2 Travel to Ulgii
Flight to Ulgii City, in the Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia, about a 3hours flight. The population of this province is mostly Kazakh, with their own culture and language. At the airport you will be met your English-speaking guide, as well as your driver and cook. Before lunch you will visit the town of Ulgii, seeing such sites as the local museum, the open air market, and the mosque. After lunch we will drive to TavnBogd (Five Peaks) National Park, about 120 km, with an overnight stay in a tent camp (Tent/L/D).
Day 3 Drive to the TsagaanGol Valley
We will drive for 4 to 5 hours through the foothills of the mountains and reach the TsagaanGol Valley in the early afternoon. This a common place for the nomadic people make camps in the summertime and where the Tuvian people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Here we will meet our camel guide to prepare for the next day hikes. Tent/B/L/D)
Day 4 Hiking to the TavanBogd Base Camp
We will hike 18 km to the base camp of TavnBogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels, handled by the local Tuvan people, they are friendly and helpful. On the way you can see the ice peaks of the Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. The base camp is at an elevation of 3000 m. Total hiking time about 6 to 8 hours (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 5 Acclimatization Day
After breakfast we will start slowly walking for about an hour and then start climbing to Malchin Peak (4050 m), which is on the Mongolian side of the Russian border. Malchin Peak is the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks. It takes 6 to 7 hours to climb to the top of Malchin. Most of the climb will be on rocks, then back to camp to relax. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 6-9 Khuiten Ascent
We will cross the Potanin Glacier which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak. We will cross many big crevasses before reaching the peak. From the base camp, the hike is one day. We will set up camp at 3,500 m. The next morning, weather permitting, we will set about climbing the peak. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 10 Return to the White River (Tsagaan Valley)
We will hike back to our camp in the TsagaanGol Valley. This evening we will have the opportunity to visit Tuvian families and share their culture and lifestyle. Total hiking: 6 to 8 hours. (Tent/B/L/D)
Day 11 Return to Ulgii
We will say goodbye to our Tuvan friends and take the 7 hour drive back to Ulgii. On the way we will visit with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters. This night will be our chance to sleep in a Kazakh yurt (ger), and we will celebrate the ascent with cold beers and a traditional Kazakh meal. Alternatively you can spend the night in our own guesthouse, Eagle’s Nest, with all modern comforts. (GorGH/B/L/D)
Day 12 Return Flight to UlaanBataar
In the morning we get the return flight to Ulaanbataar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping. (Hotel/B/L/D)
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
- All meals during the trip
- All accommodation types during the program
- Transport/vehicle including petrol
- Local guide
- Rental camels and horses
- Border permits and national park entrance fees.
- Visa support
- Local flights Ulgii-UlaanBataar
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Charges for excess baggage
- Airport taxes
- Individual equipment
- Drinks and extra charges in hotels and inns
- All alcoholic drinks
- All costs not specified in “Included”