Mt. Khuiten Mongolia •  14,350'  •  4374m

IMG Mt. Khuiten Mongolia Expedition Itinerary

Dates Mt. Khuiten Expedition
Tuesday, July 14, 2020Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to hotel
Wednesday, July 15, 2020Tour the city
Thursday, July 16, 2020Fly to Bayan Olgii, Jeep to Tavan Bogd region., camp in the lower alpine meadows
Friday, July 17, 2020Hike the tundra to the pass, for great views of the Altai mountains. Descend to the Potaniin Glacier, establish base camp
Saturday, July 18, 2020Acclimatization hike and training, camp
Sunday, July 19, 2020Ascend Potaniin Glacier to high camp, near to the Russian border
Monday, July 20, 2020From high camp, ascend the North Ridge directly to the summit of Mt Khuiten (14,350ft / 4375m) the highest point in Mongolia. This is a 3000ft moderate to steep snow ridge often broken with crevasses. Return to high camp
Tuesday, July 21, 2020Climb nearby Nairandal Peak (13,714 ft / 4,180 m) the tri-border highpoint for China, Russia, Mongolia. Return to Base Camp
Wednesday, July 22, 2020Contingency Day (climb Malchin Peak/Russian Border)
Thursday, July 23, 2020Trek to White River and camp
Friday, July 24, 2020Return to Bayan Olgii, transfer to hotel
Saturday, July 25, 2020Flight to Ulaanbaatar
Sunday, July 26, 2020Contingency Day (Bayan Olgii or Ulaanbaatar souvenir shopping)
Monday, July 27, 2020Depart


Our Mongolia Expedition start date is right after the famous Naadam Festival that occurs in Mongolia each year. If you would like to head to Mongolia early and take in the sites of the Festival, we can put this extension together for you. The dates for the Naadam festival are July 11-15, 2020. Arriving to Ulaanbaatar on July 10, 2020 will allow you to see the whole Festival and then meet the team on July 14. The Naadam Festival is also a fun experience for your nonclimbing friends and loved ones. Let us know if you would like to have them join you for the Festival before you head out to the mountains.

Dates Naadam Festival Extension
Friday, July 10, 2020Arrive for Naadam Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2020Grand Opening Ceremonies-Dancers, athletes, horse riders, Wrestling, archers, horse racers and musicians
Sunday, July 12, 2020Drive to Hui Doloon Hudag for Horse Racing, archery and wrestling
Monday, July 13, 2020Day 1 of trip to Terelj National Park (sleeping in Ger's)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020Day 2 of the Terelj National Park/return to Ulaanbaatar/Climbers Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to hotel


We have also had climbers interested in visiting the Gobi Desert after the climb from July 27 - August 1, 2020. Normally people drive from Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi Desert. This is a very long drive so we have done is put together an itinerary that will help make less driving in the car. You will note that we are planning on having anyone who wants to visit the Gobi Desert fly in/out for the very reason of limiting the amount of time driving.

Dates Gobi Desert Extension
Monday, July 27, 2020Fly to Dalanzadgad and drive to Yol Valley. Eagle Canyon (Lammergeyer valley), is located in the "Three Beauties" mountain range. The canyon shelters a small glacier which remains frozen until July despite the hot desert temperatures. Wild Goats scale the steep cliffs. At the canyon entrance, there is a small museum displaying samples of the area's animals.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020Drive to Khongor sand dunes (Singing Dunes). The dunes are 120km long and 3 to 15km wide. From the foothill to the crest of the highest dunes is a good 200 meters. Local people refer to them as the "Singing Dunes" due to the distinct propeller hum heard on windy days. Settle into a local ger camp and later when the temperature drops, ride Bactrian camels or just walk the lower slopes. The evening light creates beautiful landscapes.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020Leisure day at the Khongor sand dunes. You can climb the dunes or ride a two humped camel (Bactrian). Back in camp, enjoy the night sky with all the stars that will create a phosphoresce dome in the Gobi sky.
Thursday, July 30, 2020Drive to Bayanzag (flaming cliff). This is a paleontology fossil site where the first samples of dinosaur eggs were found intact in their nests as well as hundreds of dinosaur skeletons. Among the bones, several new species were discovered by Americans in 1920ies.You will hike the eroded ravines of red sandstone and try and make your own discovery. A picnic lunch will be served with the cliffs as the backdrop. You will also take a short trip to view a saxaul grove nearby. Saxaul is a desert bush that grows to a height of 2 meters and is a valuable soil supporting agent. The Saxual is the most popular fuel of local herders.
Friday, July 31, 2020Fly back to Ulaanbaatar after breakfast. Free afternoon to explore UB and buy souvenirs.
Saturday, August 1, 2020Depart for Home


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