Climbing the Remote Mt. Khuiten of Mongolia
Are you ready to tackle one of the most remote mountains in the world? If the answer is yes, then make your way to Mongolia, the home of Kazakh nomads, the stunning Altas Mountains and luscious landscapes. The magnificent Mount Khuiten borders the Russia, China and Mongolia. Climbing its snowcapped summit can be one of the biggest adventures of your life.
Despite not being as high as Mount Everest, climbing Mount Khuiten is still very much challenging and fulfilling. Part of the challenge and the excitement of conquering this highest Mongolian peak, is the fact that it’s not easy to access. That is why, most of the individuals who wants to reach Mount Khuiten’s peak are seasoned climbers who have been all over and have considerable mountaineering experience.
The actual ascent of Mount Khuiten may be the highlight of the trip, but the entire expedition is a memorable experience. International flights to Mongolia land on the capital Ulaan Baatar, but the climbing trip to Mount Khuiten typically begins at Bayan Olgii, the western province of Mongolia. You will then ride a jeep to the Altai Tavan Bogd range, also known as Five Holy Peaks. While doing so, expect to be seeing a vast highland landscape that are oftentimes barren but green. You will trek this terrain and will most likely encounter indigenous plants and animals.
At some point, you will come across the Kazakh nomads – hospitable and friendly people (usually shepherds) who have manage to keep their traditional way of living. In the evenings, you will sleep in traditional nomadic homes called gers. After reaching the basecamp and taking a much needed rest, the next day is usually a trek to the summit of Mount Malchin, which stands at about 4037 meters. Here, you will get gorgeous panoramas of the Potaniin Glacier. Your team will then proceed to the steeper Mount Khuiten, which has a height of 4374 meters.
Take note that climbing Mount Khuiten requires you to finish a comprehensive 6-day training as the climb demands moderate technical mountaineering skills. You should be comfortable in using crampons as there will glaciated climbs. You need to be in excellent physical condition as you will be climbing with a pack weight weight of maximum 15 kilos.
Some adventure companies make use of camels or ponies to help carry loads to the mountain. Some prerequisite things to bring in this trip are hiking boots and mountaineering boots. If you’re not ready to conquer Mount Khuiten’s summit, you can still have the opportunity to enjoy its amazing mountain scenery by trekking to the base camp. The good news is there are no technical requirements needed for trekkers!
A number of outfitters offer climbing tours to Mount Khuiten. The climbing team is usually a small one, and the climbing expedition will include crossing dirt roads, meeting remote farmers, getting to the base camp and finally, ascending to the summit. And while all of this going on, your eyes will be treated to an incredibly stunning scenery. This journey is truly one of kind, the kind that will allow you to explore life in the remotest regions on earth.