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 successfully completed a multi-day training course such as one of our 6-Day Training course, 8-Day, 12-Day, 13-Day or have equivalent skills and experience. Those who had a strong performance on a 3-Day Baker or Rainier climb may also join. You must have basic knowledge of progression on snow and ice, self arrest, and glacier travel. Snow and ice slopes are of moderate angle (up to 45 degrees). These requirements are 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.