A climbing expedition to Mount Khuiten in Mongolia, the most remote peak in the world
At the heart of Mongolia's Altai Tavan Bogd (Five Holy Peaks), Mount Khuiten is one of the least accessible mountains on earth. This massif lies on the border with both Russia and China, some 2000 kilometres west of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. After sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar and enjoying a day's preparatory trekking in the nearby Bogdkhan National Park, we continue our journey to the remote Kazakh province of Bayan Olgii where we will start our trek.
On our 1-day trek to basecamp we are assisted by camels and their drivers and there should be the opportunity to meet and take tea with nomadic herders at their traditional ger encampments. Starting out with the straightforward trek to the summit of Malchin (4037m), we gain dramatic views of the Potaniin Glacier and of our subsequent climbing objectives; the relatively steep and challenging Mount Khuiten (4374m) and the easier, non-technical snow dome of Nairandal (4082m), which is also known as friendship peak as it marks the border between Russia, Mongolia, and China. Returning to Olgii after our expedition, we will have time to stop at a nomadic herders' camp where we will have the chance to see the magnificent golden eagles which are used for hunting by the Kazakh people in the winter. More than just a superb climbing expedition, this is also a fascinating travel experience in a rarely-visited corner of the world.