Mongolia’s western provinces are some of the richest in cultural diversity. You can find Mongolian and Kazakh, Tuvan and Oirats living side by side. Here, where Mongolia frontiers with Russia and China, guarded by the snow capped peaks of the Altai mountain range, highest in the country, the Eagle Hunters have made their home. Khuiten Peak is the tallest of the 5 holy mountains of the Altai Tavan Bogd Range.
Horse trek to the base camp of the formidable Khuiten peak climb and team up with a Mongolian mountaineering expert to do a fully supported ascent to Khuiten peak, 4374m above sea level. This is a challenging hike and not for beginners. You will hike over the longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier, stretching for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten, and cross dangerous crevasses before reaching the true start of the ascent to the peak. Local Tuvan herders will travel with you as your camel caravan handlers and will make an unforgettable company and share their culture and traditions with you.
Group Tour Dates: July 15-22, 2017 (8 days, 7 nights)
NB: This is an advanced level adventure tour and not recommended for beginner or intermediate mountaineers.
- Witness the unique ancient tradition of hunting with Eagles while staying with a Kazakh family.
- Travel to one of the most beautiful and sublime places in Mongolia, the Altai Tavan Bogd Mountains.
- Learn about the different cultures, from Mongolian to Kazakh by spending time with different nomadic people.
- Trek with a camel caravan to the base camp of the challenging Khutien peak climb. Attempt to reach the summit, a 4 hour hike each way for spectacular views over Russia and China.
- Horse back ride along the White River valley with views of the Shiveet Mountain and chance to see rare wildlife.
PROGRAM: Khuiten Peak Ascent
Day 1 – Transfer to Ulaanbaatar Airport. Fly to Western Mongolia, Bayan-Ulgii Province. Begin the drive to the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. After 5 or more hours driving you will arrive in the White River Valley, the gateway to the Altai Mountains. The valley is dominated by the sacred Shiveet mountain, around which lie hundreds of ancient burial mounds and rock carvings that represent art of the Bronze age and the Neolithic period. Upon arrival you will set up your camp and will enjoy your cook’s delicious cooking. Camping in shared tents.
Day 2 – Today you begin the ascent to the base camp of the Tavan Bogd Mountain. Horse ride between 4-6 hours with breaks to the main base camp of Altai Tavan Bogd. This gradual ascent takes you through a high mountain terrain of rock outcroppings and wetlands. With a bit of luck you will see some of the wildlife that inhabit the area including marmots, hares and a number of birds such as Golden Eagles, Black Vultures and Falcons. Your luggage will be transported by camels handled by Tuvan herders.
This evening we camp at 2900m. Camping in shared tents.
Day 3-5 – (Trek Day 1-3) You will start the ascent to Khuiten peak by first crossing the Potanin glacier. After checking in at the advanced base camp, the next challenge is the traversing of a number of crevasses before reaching the true base of Khuiten. The actual ascent, although technically moderate, takes 4 hours.
From the summit, on a clear day you will be able to see a breathtaking bird’s-eye view over China, Russia and the surrounding snowcapped ridges, ice and snow fields. Weather permitting, you should be back at the main base camp on day 5. Depending on weather conditions, if delayed you have 1 leeway day.
Before dark we will arrive back at the base camp in time for a hearty dinner. Camping in shared tents.
Day 6 – Today we horse trek back to the White River valley. This time it is a gradual descent along the White river which takes its source from the Potanin glacier. It is a chance to glance into every single valley of the icy massif and witness how the initial stream of glacial dust transforms into the mighty White river. Option to Kayak half day on White River (class III-V rapids).
Tonight you will stay with a Kazakh Eagle hunting family and join them for a hearty evening meal. Camping in shared tents next to nomadic family.
Day 7 – Today you can learn about the Mongol-Kazak culture, very different from the Mongol-Khalkh culture found in Central Mongolia. You host will introduce you to his eagle, and teach you about the ancient traditions of eagle hunting. You can go out with your host and his eagle by horse and experience first hand the hunting skills of the golden eagle. As part of the eagle’s training you will learn how to hold the eagle and release the eagle to chase it’s prey.
In the evening drive to Ulgii for your farewell dinner and a traditional Kazakh performance. Overnight in local hotel, shared twin rooms.
Day 8 – Transfer to Ulgii Airport for you flight to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer in Ulaanbaatar to your home/hotel.
OUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES:
English speaking guide and a Mongolian technical mountaineering leader, private vehicle and fuel, accommodation as specified, meals as per itinerary, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment etc), cook and support team throughout, pack camels and tuvan camel guide, horses as per itinerary, eagle hunting experience, all entrance fees and taxes, drinking water, domestic return flights to Ulgii.
Optional kayaking and equipment rental
**SPECIAL DEAL** – 1380 USD per person*
Please contact Bold and Anna to get the full itinerary or to make modifications to meet your needs.
*Guaranteed price for these dates only. Tour will go ahead with minimum 4 PAX