Mongolia Expedition with International Mountain Guides
Mount Khuiten (14,350 ft) and Nairandal Peak (13,714 ft)
This is a program that we researched for many years, and in July 2017 we finally did it. Mongolia has now become a favorite that we look forward to running every year. The 2021 trip will be our fifth to climb Khuiten, and we have also personally done the various fun extensions for those who have a little extra time to explore!
The trip starts with your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where you will meet your IMG and Mongolian guides. After getting settled in and doing our gear checks, we have a day exploring this fascinating city, with a trip to the market, shops, the famous Genghis Khan memorial, and some nice local restaurants for our team Welcome Dinner. Then, it's off to bed for an early start the next day.
The team will fly via Mongolian domestic airline across the country to the city of Bayan Olgii in the far west. From there we transfer to Russian vans (the ubiquitous form of transportation) for the drive to the trailhead, where we will spend the night and will meet our local porters and their camels.
It's a beautiful trek to our Base Camp on the Potaniin Glacier of the Tavan Bogd Massif. Our loads will be carried by Bactrian (two humped) camels which can carry up to 200 kilos each. This part of the Altai Mountains is very near to the border with Russia and China.
Base Camp will be our home for several nights as we acclimatize and do some glacier travel training. Then, it's time to move up the Potaniin Glacier to the High Camp. Down low it is "dry" glacier (hard ice with no snow) and higher up we cross the into glacial snow zone. Porters will carry food and camp gear to the high camp, and members will carry their personal gear (personal porters are also available at additional cost).
The summits of Mount Khuiten (14,350ft) and Nairandal Peak (13,714ft) are the "Triple Point" where China, Russia, Mongolia come together in the Altai Mountains. Our goal is to climb both! These are spectacular climbs in a wild and remote part of the world with amazing views. If you have Mt. Rainier climbing skills (crampons, ice axe, roped glacier travel) then you will enjoy these peaks.
We have also worked individuals and groups to organize custom programs. Whether its different trip dates or tourist days before or after a trip, we're here to assist you. If you have a favorite IMG guide who you like to climb with, we can also work with your group to put a great trip together with them. Please let me know how I can help you!
This is going to be a fun trip. Hope you can join!