Mongolia Day to Day Itinerary (Subject to change)
July 9: Depart USA from Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia
July 10: Arrive in Ulaan Bataar from Seoul (KE867) (This expedition starts so that we may arrive to visit Naadam festival)
July 11: Tour the city and attend the sports festival of Nadaam. During our days in UB, we attend Nadaam events and tour traditional monasteries.
July 12: Fly to Bayan Olgii. After preparing gear and discussing Leave No Trace practices, we travel by jeep and head toward the Tavan Bogd region. We visit with nomads living in traditional gers (tents) and cross the great alpine meadows filled with livestock of yak, sheep, horses and camels. We camp in the lower alpine meadows
July 13: Hike to the Potaniin glacier and establish our base camp for our climbs of Malchin and Khuiten. This approach is a magnificent hike over tundra terrain. Once we surmount the pass to the Tavang Bogd Glacier, all of the Mongolian Altai mountains stand before us. Along with our two-person tents in Base Camp, a ger will be set up for cooking and dining, allowing us to live in the traditional manner of the Nomads.
July 14: Climb of a non-technical peak. This climb begins directly out of Base Camp and ascends a scree ridge for 2000 ft for a 3,500ft total climb. The climb takes approximately 5 to 7 hours and we have great views of the Altai mountains lying in all three countries; Mongolia, Russian and China.
July 15: Active rest day, snow and ice training on glacier, camp.
July 16: Climbers: Move to high camp on glacier.
July 16-18: Trekkers: Trekkers can remain at base camp or we are happy to organize side trips to lake and nomadic resting posts.
July 17: Climbers: Ascent of Khuiten. While the climbers ascend Mt. Khuiten, trekkers explore the lower glaciers. The climb of Khuiten begins with a long traverse of the Potaniin Glacier leading directly to the border of Russia. Just before reaching the border we establish a high camp on the glacier. From this advanced base camp we turn left and surmount the North Ridge, a 3000ft moderate to steep snow ridge often broken with crevasses. The North Ridge takes us directly to the summit where we stand on the highest point in Mongolia viewing all the peaks of the Altai. Return to camp.
July 18: Climbers: Upon completion of Kuiten, we attempt the summit of nearby Nairandal. Return to Base Camp
July 19: After completing our climbs we return back to the ger at the trailhead and begin travel to Olgii. Here we usually have the opportunity to ride back on Mongolian horses.
July 20: Drive to Sagsai Town, o/n in hotel.
July 21: Drive back to Bayan Olgii for morning tour. Afternnon flight to Ulaanbaatar, overnight in UB.
July 22: Free day in UB for shopping/ sightseeing
July 23: Depart to Seoul (KE868)Return to Top of Page