Mongolia – Mt Malchin
Altai Tavan Bogd has some of the most stunning scenery in all of Mongolia with towering white mountains, glaciers, deep lush valleys, and large lakes. The park is divided into 2 regions, the Tavan Bogd Mountains in the northwest and the Lakes Region to the southeast. The park stretches along the Chinese border from the Russian border to 200 km south following the Altai Mountains, which form the borders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. Glacial melt and annual snow fall supplies 3 large lakes inside the park that form the head waters of the Hovd River.
Tavan Bogd Mountains are the highest mountains in Mongolia, with Khuiten Uul (Cold Peak) at 4374m being the highest, and requiring mountaineering skills to scale. These permanently snow capped mountains form a bowl around the Potanin Glacier, which covers 23 square km. Potanin Glacier is the longest glacier of Mongolia that stretches for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. The other peaks are Nairamdal (Friendship) at 4180m, Ulgii ('Craddle) at 4113m, Bürged (Eagle) at 4068m, and Malchin (herder) at 4050m. From the peak of Khuiten, it is possible to see Kazakhstan 30 km away on a clear day. From the peak of Malchin, you can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views of glaciers beneath and of the Russian territory as the ridge overlaps with the border line. Lakes Region is a beautiful area surrounding 3 large fresh water lakes. Khurgan Nuur and Khoten Nuur are attached by a small channel with a many small creeks flowing into the lakes from surrounding mountains. Two of these creeks form waterfalls of 7 to 10 m in height. A small bridge crosses the channel. These lakes are full of fish and many species of bird. Dayan Nuur is a smaller lake 20 km south of the 2 larger lakes.
About The Climb
Malchin Peak (4050m) is the smallest of the Five Holy Peaks in the Altai Mountains.
The domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Ulgii (western Mongolia) takes about 2hrs, the Kazakhs living in the area are the largest national minority and practice Sunni Islam. Upon arrival, meet with a support team of driver(s), cook(s) and head westward to Tavan Bogd national park.
From the park, the trek to base camp of the Tavan Bogd is gradual ascent and passes through high mountain terrain of rock outcroppings and wetlands. The trek has good chance of spotting some of the wildlife that inhabit the area including marmots, hares and a number of birds such us Golden Eagles, Black Vultures and Falcons. Luggage will be transported by camels handled by Tuvan herders. Upon completing two thirds of the way the view open to majestic perspectives of Potanin and Alexander glaciers with the icy peaks of Khuiten (4374m), Nairamdal (4082m), Snowchurch (4071m), Malchin (4050m), and Ulgii (4113m) on the far side.
The trek up to Malchin Peak is on rocky terrain and will take about 4-5hrs one way. From base camp, the trek is along side the Potanin Glacier, after 1 hr of hike, you arrive at the foothill of Malchin Peak. The terrain starts will gradual mixed rock with scree, and gets steeper at about 3,300m. The trek is non technical but will require determination to enjoy a spectacular view from the top.
The trek out is relaxed, it is a gradual descent along the White river which takes its source from the Potanin glacier. Camp one night at the White River Valley camp site, the following day, travel in the rustic Russian van to Khoton lake enjoying two nights of tranquility by the alpine lake. The drive from Khoton Late to Ulgii town takes about 7hrs.
Good to have some high altitude trekking experiences. You will be trekking on steep and rocky terrain to the summit at above 3000m with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a lightweight base layer or a quick dry t-shirt and long trekking pants for the trek to base camp. From base camp onward, a light weight base layer with a fleece shirt and long trekking pants is require; an outer shell is essential to protect from the weather elements. When at the base camp and after sundown, a basic layer of thermal, fleece jacket and down jacket are needed to keep warm. For the summit attempt, you will need the basic 3 layers, a down jacket, water and wind proof pants and gloves. A down sleeping bag and sleeping mat are also needed which is provided.
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Sleeping bags and mats are provided. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.
Group size: 6-12 pax
You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day 1||Arrive Ulaan Baatar||-/-/D|
|Day 2||Domestic flight to Ulgii town in Western Mongolia. Drive in 4WD Russian vans to Tavan Bogd National Park (2500m)||B/L/D|
|Day 3||Trek to Tavan Bogd peaks base camp (3000m)||B/L/D|
|Day 4||Climb to 4050m Malchin peak (3000m)||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Trek out to lower gate of Tavan Bogd National Park – White River Valley (2430m)||B/L/D|
|Day 6||Drive to Khoton, a spectacular alpine lake (2073m)||B/L/D|
|Day 7||Rest day at lake.||B/L/D|
|Day 8||7-8 hour return drive to Ulgii town||B/L/D|
|Day 9||Domestic flight to Ulaan Baatar||B/-/D|
|Day 10||Depart Ulaan Baatar||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfers in Ulaan Baatar (UB) / Ulgi
- Return domestic airfare UB-Ulgi-UB & airline taxes & fuel surcharge (maximum 15kg luggage allowance / pax)
- All land transfers as indicated in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Ulaan Baatar and Ulgi
- Camping equipment: sleeping tent (Twin sharing), sleeping bag & sleeping mat
- Trek support: trekking guide(s) and kitchen crew, porterage services by camels
- Boiled water during trek
- Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Excess luggage on domestic flight (if exceeding 15kg)
- Visa Fee (if any).
- Single Supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 5000m)
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel & trekking gear
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Mongolia, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good three months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.