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, 2020 – Fly into Ulaan Bataar (UB)|
|END DATE||16 August, 2020 – Flight Out|
|VISA||Please check for your corresponding Country on Visa requirements.|
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
|Climbing||Mt Malchin, Mt Malchin & Mt Khuitan|
Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 UB City Tour
Day 3 Bayan-Ulgii
Day 4 Base Camp
Day 5 High Camp
Day 6 Summit
Day 7 Base Camp
Day 8 Malchin
Day 9 Tavn Bogd National park Day
*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:
- 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.
- 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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