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, Olgii ('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
Mt Malchin is the smallest of the Five Holy Peaks in the Altai Mountains. Starting from Tavan Bogd base camp, we will hike along the Potanin Glacier for an hour before stepping on the mountain; a return trip takes at least 8 hours. Although the trek is non-technical - meaning it does not require any specific mountain climbing skills, the established trail is mostly on scree. One of the exciting highlights of summitting Mt Malchin is that you can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views of the Altai Mountains in all three countries; Mongolia, Russia and China. We begin our expedition from the capital Ulaan Baatar. Raw, exciting and diverse, Ulaan Baatar stands as a border to the great expanse of the Gobi desert. Home to the infamous Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, Ulaan Baatar is a noted Buddhist capital that merges traditional monasteries with a new democratic spirit. From Ulaan Baatar, we fly across the country to the Altai region of Western Mongolia and begin our expedition in the land of Kazakh nomads and caravans.Geographically, much of the highlands are defined by green pastures, with fox, bear, lynx and falcons inhabiting the lower regions. The Mongolian countryside possesses an array of indigenous flora and fauna, including yaks, horses, sheep and Bactrian double-humped camels. Our expedition is supported by ponies & camels and we camp throughout the countryside, we will also visit gers, traditional felt-covered nomadic homes. This unique Mongolian journey is designed for the adventurous spirit.
Experience in multi-day treks & sleeping in tents are an advantage but not critical.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a lightweight thermal or quick dry t-shirt for the trek to the base camp. A water and wind proof outershell is essential for protection from the weather elements. When at the base camp, after sun down and for the summit trek, a fleece jacket and a down jacket are needed. A sleeping bag is also needed.
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 Ulgi 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 Ulgi 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 trekking up to 5000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Extension of stay after the trek
- 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
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit
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 emergency rescue.
Good cardio fitness is necessary. There will be a certain degree of rock scree slopes to negotiate between 3600m and 4000m elevation. You should have the ability to trek with personal backpack load of between 3kg and 5kg for up to 12hrs or more on summit day. You will also be descending on scree slope that requires good endurance fitness.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.