A journey in a land of mystique and rich heritage…Trek the Altai Mountains, habitat of the elusive Snow Leopard, and summit the highest peak in Mongolia!

The Altai Mountains (Khuiten Summit) series is targeted to take place over 9 days 8 nights across the remote expense of the western border of Mongolia. Working in tandem with our trusted local partner, Wildfire Expeditions heads deep into the Altai Mountains spanning Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. A spectacular journey across vast, remote wilderness inhabited only by traditional herding familiies and wildlife, and hiking above 4,000m, this expedition promises to take your breath away – in more ways than one!

Mt Khuiten is part of a mountain chain called Tavan Bogd, meaning ‘five saints, with each of the peak names representing simple meanings: Nairamdal – friendship; Malchin – herder; Burgd – eagle; Olgii – cradle; and Khuiten – cold.

According to the National Geographic book “The 10 Best of Everything”, Mt. Khuiten, Mongolia has been listed number one on Top 10 Climbs. During the trip you will not only get the adrenaline rush of reaching Mongolia’s highest peak, but experience the warmth and welcoming nature of the Mongolian nomads.

This is a multi-day high altitude trek involving hiking through snow and ice, sleeping above 3,000m in a remote region known for its harsh environment and unpredictable weather. The pre-requisites are a base level of physical fitness and an open mind. You may feel outside of your comfort zone at times – be prepared for the unpredictable.

With no connectivity to the outside world and creature comforts an overnight journey away, living is stripped to its purest form. Take the chance to interact with fellow human beings, savour the rare opportunity of tapping into yourself and enjoy the glorious setting most people can only “like” in Instagram.


Note:  We are buffering in an extra one to two days in case of bad weather on the mountain

START DATE 6 August, 2021 – Fly into Ulaan Bataar (UB)
END DATE 16 August, 2021 – Flight Out
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Professional Accredited Mountain guide

Full Porter Service to Base Camp

Technical Mountaineering Equipment

Camping Equipment

All inclusive Meals on Trek Days

two night Stay in Ulaan Bataar Twin Share

All transportation costs on trek days

Domestic Return flights  From Ulaanbaatar to Bayan Olgii

Adventure insurance

one Day Horse Riding to/from base camp*

Snacks, non alcoholic drinks

Day Tour in Ulaan Bataar


Personal Trekking Gear

Hotel Stay on return to UB

Meals in UB

Excess Luggage Fees


Mount Khuiten (3D) Challenging / Active

The Base Camp and Malchin  trek is  (2PD) Moderate

The trek begins with an easy hike and gentle ascent along glacial rivers, allowing time for acclimatization while taking in the beauty of one of the world’s most remote glaciers. After Base Camp, the ascent becomes steeper and you will really feel the altitude. Alpine mountaineering is required, traversing glaciers and snow fields, culminating with some ice climbing to reach the peak of Mount Khutien at over 4300m! The views of the neighboring peaks and Mongolia below will astound you!

Love the idea of the trek across the vast Mongolian Expanse, but not ready to scale your first technical mountain?  No problem! We offer this package to allow for base camp trek and experiencing the Pontian Glacier, without the summit to Mount Khuiten.  Enjoy the base camp, choose to trek by horse back and climb the less technical Mount Malchin.

We have experienced local guides as well as technical mountain guides from the United States joining this adventure!  We ensure the maximum adventure with the highest level of safety.

See and experience some of the rugged land that Chinggis Khan and his loyal soldiers travelled as they expanded the Mongol Empire. Experience delicious Mongolian cuisine, learn about the local history, and see how that heritage is still practiced by the people in their current way of life. We will also have a day to explore Ulaan Bataar and experience the city’s restaurants, culture, and shopping.

Don’t miss out on this adventure of a lifetime!

Come Join us for this amazing experience!

If you plan to summit Mount Khuiten, walking to Base Camp to acclimatize is necessary

Altai Mountains 2017 Expedition

Additional information

ClimbingMt Malchin, Mt Malchin & Mt Khuitan

Day 1 Arrival

Fly into Ulaan Bataar, UB

Day 2 UB City Tour

Rest and acclimatize and do a city tour of Ulaan Bataar,

Day 3 Bayan-Ulgii

Bayan-Ulgii -> Fly from UB, to  Bayan-Ulgii, Drive to Oigrog river or Tsagaan river, 220km. Camp by River.

Day 4 Base Camp

Oigrog river -> Basecamp, 17km hike on mostly flat trail.  Supplies will go by car or camel

Day 5 High Camp

Basecamp -> High camp, 7km, snow and glacier traversal required.

Day 6 Summit

High camp -> Khuiten peak, 4374m, 5km of ice climbing and trekking.

Day 7 Base Camp

High camp  back Base Camp, rest day.

Day 8 Malchin

Malchin peak, 4170m, Mongolia-Russia-China border point, and climb down to base camp

Day 9 Tavn Bogd National park Day

Base camp -> Oigrog river -> Bayan-Ulgii,  visit with Local Khazak family. Camp on the Mongolian Steppes

Day 10

Bayan-Ulgii -> UB, stay in hotel
*Schedule may change due to weather and other unpredictable factors

At Wildfire Expeditions, we use a combination of grading systems based on technical requirements of the climb as well as the physical conditioning of the trek.  The grading systems we use to assess the treks is a combination of  the New Zealand Alpine Grading System and the French adjectival alpine system As with any treks, there is a level of physical fitness that is required.  Trekking days can be an average of 8 to 12 hours, and summit days can be 16+ hour days. Before undergoing any new or strenuous physical activity, it is advisable to receive a health check from a qualified physician.

The Mount Khuiten summit is considered a (3D)

The Base Camp and Malchin Mountain trek is considered a (1PD)

New Zealand Alpine Grading System

An alpine grading system adapted from the grades used in the Aoraki/Mt Cook Region is widely used in New Zealand for alpine routes in the North and South islands. Grades currently go from 1–7. The grading system is open ended; harder climbs are possible. Factors which determine grade are (in descending order of contributing weight): technical difficulty, objective danger, length and access.

Standard grading system for alpine routes in normal conditions

  • New Zealand Grade 1: Easy scramble. Use of rope generally only for glacier travel.
  • New Zealand Grade 2: Steeper trickier sections may need a rope.
  • New Zealand Grade 3: Longer steeper sections generally. Use of technical equipment necessary. Ice climbs may require two tools.
  • New Zealand Grade 4: Technical climbing. Knowledge of how to place ice and rock gear quickly and efficiently a must. Involves a long day.
  • New Zealand Grade 5: Sustained technical climbing. May have vertical sections on ice.
  • New Zealand Grade 6: Multiple crux sections. Vertical ice may not have adequate protection. Good mental attitude and solid technique necessary. May require a bivy on route and be a long way from civilization.
  • New Zealand Grade 7: Vertical ice/rock which may not have adequate protection. Rock grades in the high 20’s (Ewbank). Climb may be in remote area. May require a bivy on route.

International French Adjectival System (IFAS)

The French adjectival alpine system evaluates the overall difficulty of a route, taking into consideration the length, difficulty, exposure and commitment-level of the route (i.e., how hard it may be to retreat). The overall grade combines altitude; length and difficulty of approach and descent; number of difficult pitches and how sustained they are; exposure; and quality of rock, snow and ice. These are, in increasing order:[19]

  • F: facile (easy). Straightforward, possibly a glacial approach, snow and ice will often be at an easy angle.
  • PD: peu difficile (slightly difficult). Routes may be longer at altitude, with snow and ice slopes up to 45 degrees. Glaciers are more complex, scrambling is harder, climbing may require some belaying, descent may involve rappelling. More objective hazards.
  • AD: assez difficile (fairly difficult). Fairly hard, snow and ice at an angle of 45-65 degrees, rock climbing up to UIAA grade III, but not sustained, belayed climbing in addition to a large amount of exposed but easier terrain. Significant objective hazard.
  • D: difficile (difficult). Hard, more serious with rock climbing at IV and V, snow and ice slopes at 50-70 degrees. Routes may be long and sustained or harder but shorter. Serious objective hazards.
  • TD: très difficile (very difficult). Very hard, routes at this grades are serious undertakings with high level of objective danger. Sustained snow and ice at an angle of 65-80 degrees, rock climbing at grade V and VI with possible aid, very long sections of hard climbing.
  • ED1/2/3/4: extrêmement difficile (extremely difficult). Extremely hard, exceptional objective danger, vertical ice slopes and rock climbing up to VI to VIII, with possible aid pitches.
  • ABO: Abominablement difficile (abominable) Difficulty and danger at their limit.
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_(climbing

Checkout our expedition video from August 2016.

  • Base camp trek, Pontian Glacier plus Summit of Mt. Malchin $2950.00 SGD
  • Base camp plus Summit of both Mt. Malchin and Mt. Khuiten $4450.00 SGD

Select the trek you would like to join in the booking tool to the right.

Cancellation Policy:  Due to the booking of government and operator permits, Wildfire Expeditions has the following refund policy

  • Each deposit, includes a $250.00 non-refundable registration fee.
  • Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 90 days prior to the trek or dive date.
  • 50% refunds will be provided 60-89 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
  • 25% refunds will be provided 45-59 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
  • No refunds will be provided 45 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing  within the deadlines stated above.
  • All balances are due 60 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.

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