Mt Khuiten, Mongolia

  • Difficulty: 1 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: B A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    16 Days

    Elevation

    4,375m / 14,354ft

 On the summit of Mt Khuiten, Mongolia 2010  © Dean Staples
Mongolia 2010 summit
© Dean Staples

On the summit of Mt Khuiten, Mongolia 2010

07 July 2010
  • Experience remote mountaineering in a truly beautiful wilderness landscape
  • Everything you imagine Mongolia to be - empty plains, big skies, and an ancient people
  • An ideal trip for climbers or trekkers





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.

The peaks and associated glaciers are part of a National Park that borders Mongolia, China and Russia. A wild, remote, beautiful wilderness made up of spectacular flowering fields and vast open mountain tundra, inhabited only by traditional herding families and abundant wildlife. Such a place exists!

This expedition is an opportunity to experience remote mountaineering in a true wilderness landscape.  You will have the opportunity to meet the traditional people who lead a seasonal lifestyle, adapted to the harsh environment.  In addition, you will take in the more modern aspects of Mongolia including the Nadaam Festival in Olgii.

The expedition is also ideal for those who don't want to climb as the itinerary and group size allows trekkers to be part of the group.

Mongolia is everything you imagine it to be - empty plains, big skies, and an ancient people still riding their horses as part of their everyday lives.

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