We had a great time, the group was great, I learned more about climbing on this trip with Willi, than I have on all of my previous climbs. I count my Alpine Ascents Mongolia trip as one of my favorite vacations. Mongolia is an amazingly beautiful country and the Mongolian people couldn't be nicer or more hospitable. It is an adventure that should not be missed.-Kim F.
In Mongolia, one is quickly swept away by the endless green steppes, the heartiness of the Kazakh nomads and the Altai Mountains' rolling landscapes. Mt. Khuiten, straddling the corners of three countries (Russia, China and Mongolia), beckons the adventurous. Alpine Ascents has been visiting Mongolia for nearly 15 years with successful summits each season. Each year small teams are left speechless, as we travel to base camp, traveling dirt roads peppered with migratory farmers. This journey is one of the last of its kind on the planet and we are exposed to a way of life that may soon be extinct as modern life permeates even the remotest of regions.
We travel by jeep to the Altai range, a gorgeous journey, crossing a golden, vast and barren landscape, with rainbows in the horizon, drifting further into one of the last remote regions on earth. This remarkable journey is punctuated by the gentle hospitality of the Kazakh nomads.
Khuiten Peak (14,350ft/4375m)
Malchin Peak (13,655ft/4163m) (trekking peak)
Our expedition takes place in the Western province of Bayan Olgii, in the Tavan Bogd Range. Here we visit with nomadic shepherds then head to the snowcapped, glaciated peaks of the Altai. Geographically, much of the highlands are defined by green pastures, with fox, bear, lynx and falcons inhabiting the lower regions. The Mongolian countryside possesses an array of indigenous flora and fauna, including yaks, horses, sheep and Bactrian double-humped camels. Our expedition is supported by ponies and we camp throughout the countryside. We visit and overnight in gers, traditional felt-covered nomadic homes. With luck, we may interact with traditional falconers.
All expeditions begin in the capital Ulaan Baatar. Raw, exciting and diverse, Ulaan Baatar stands as a border to the great expanse of the Gobi desert. Home to the infamous Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, Ulaan Baatar is a noted Buddhist capital that merges traditional monasteries with a new democratic spirit. We begin this expedition by attending the renowned Naadam festival, Mongolia's traditional Olympics. After attending Naadam and visiting the museums and monasteries, we fly across the country to the Altai region of Western Mongolia and begin our expedition in the land of Kazakh nomads and caravans. This unique Mongolian journey is designed for the adventurous spirit.
Climbing Skill Level
Climbers should have completed our 6-day training course or equivalent.
or have equivalent experience. It is a moderately technical, glaciated climb and requires climber has a good comfort level on crampons. The requirement is also based on our desire to have similarly skilled team members.
There are no technical prerequisites for Trekkers.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition is required. Climbers and Trekkers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.
Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early, to help us be better able to fit these climbs to group-specific desires. Contact us to further discuss the benefits of private courses.