Selena Travel

Conquering the Five Holy Peaks tour


Tour grade: Hard

From: US$ 2,500

Style: Traveller

  • Western Mongolian Highlights: Holy Five Peaks, Kazakh Culture – one of the biggest ethnic group of Mongolia
  • Trekking in the Majestic Altai Mountain: Mt. Malchin ~ 4037 m high, Mt. Nairamdal – 4202 m and Mt. Khuiten – 4374 m – one of Five Holy Peaks of Altai Mountain Range
  • Bogd Khaan National park: Tsetsee Gun Peak – 2257 m
  • Meet people and make friends! You will be part of a group of 4-8 people during the tour as it is a group departure.

Tour Overview

As the 19th largest country in the world, Mongolia’s considerable size includes a fabulous array of pristine landscapes and a nomadic people whose lives are in many ways unaffected from the days of Genghis Khan and his mighty Mongol Empire. This tour offers an outstanding introduction to this diverse, ancient and extraordinarily beautiful country, visiting areas and sites that many other tours do not visit.

Conquer the Five Holy Peaks by taking part in this exciting and challenging trip! The trip takes you all the way to the stunning Altai mountain range in the remote western Mongolia. The Mongol Altai range has some of the most exceptional mountain scenery that one could ever see without any doubts. Trekking through the snowy mountains amongst the majestic peaks, you will be walking on Mongolia's longest glacier. Also during this challenging trip you will be standing in 3 countries- Mongolia, Russia and China while you are on Mt. Nairamdal (Mt. Friendship), where the 3 countries share a common border. One of the best mountaineers of Mongolia, who conquered 5 peaks (above 7000m) in the Himalayas and all Mongolian challenging peaks, will guide you you for this Mongolia climbing trip!



Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City
  • Day 2: Day hike to Mt. Tsetsee Gun (~ 2250) Of Bogd Khaan Mountain
  • Day 3 – 4: Ulaanbaatar – Bayan – Olgii Province (Olgii Town)
  • Day 5 – 6: Arrive in Tavan Bogd National Park’s Base Camp. Climb to Mt. Malchin
  • Day 7 – 10: Climbing to Mt. Khuiten
  • Day 11: Base Camp – Oigor and Tsagaan Gol River Valley
  • Day 12: Visiting Kazakh Family
  • Day 13: Olgii - Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 14: Free Day in Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 15: Departure From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, tour of the City

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* L

Day 2:

Day hike to Mt. Tsetsee Gun (~ 2250) Of Bogd Khaan Mountain

Today, we’ll hike to Mt. Tsetsee Gun, which is the highest peak of the Bogd Khaan Mountain range in Bogd Khaan National Park. It’ll take 2.3 half hours to hike to the peak Tsetsee Gun in one way normally. View the some panoramic views of Ulaanbaatar city. Rest of the day is spent at the ger camp in the evening, optional horse riding etc. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 3 – 4:

Ulaanbaatar – Bayan – Olgii Province (Olgii Town)

In the morning, check out hotel after breakfast and catch flight to Bayan Olgii, local arrangements, drive out of the town toward the Tavan Bogd National Park, enjoy western Mongolia and arrive near to the place that we begin climbing and overnight at tent.Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 5 – 6:

Arrive in Tavan Bogd National Park’s Base Camp. Climb to Mt. Malchin

Arriving in the base camp with camel support, 5 hours of walking, easy to moderate and trek to Mt. Malchin from base camp.Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 7 – 10:

Climbing to Mt. Khuiten

Climb Khuiten and if time allows as well the Nairamdal peaks. Peak Khuiten the highest point of Mongolia. /4374 meters a.s.l/. Trekking to our Mount Khuiten Base Camp on Potanin Glacier (3800m). We will take a rest/ acclimatization day before attempting the peak. Summit day will begin with an alpine start and take approx. 8 to 10 hours round-trip. Mount Khuiten is 4374m, highest point of Mongolia. Conquering Nairamdal Peak (4202m), 6-7 hour. The climb is easier than Khuiten climb. Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 11:

Base Camp – Oigor and Tsagaan Gol River Valley

We’ll return to Olgii this day and trekking to Oigor and Tsagaan Us River Valley in order to meet our driver. Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 12:

Visiting Kazakh Family

Drive to Bayan-Ulgii, on the way visit to rock drawings and Kazak family to see hunting with Golden Eagles, arrive in Bayan-Ulgii, visit local museum. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 13:

Olgii - Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day that we stay in Olgii town, leisure morning and fly back to Ulaanbaatar, land at Chinggis Khaan Airport and will be transferred to your hotel, check in and rest at the hotel. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L

Day 14:

Free Day in Ulaanbaatar

Today is the leisure day and you can do shopping for cashmere, souvenirs etc. See a traditional folklore concert by the best Mongolian ensemble at 06:00 pm. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+D

Day 15:

Departure From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B

Date & Price

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Included services

  • Accommodation in double or triple occupancy /hotel – H, ger camps-Gc, local hotel-Lc, tent-T/
  • Guiding and interpreting service
  • Air flights to/from Bayan Ulgii + Tax
  • Renting transport + driver with petrol, maintenance
  • All meals /all kinds of drink is on your own/
  • Sightseeing and cultural show admissions
  • Supply of bottled water, daily
  • Entrance fees for protected areas and national parks
  • Cook
  • Support camel to/from base
  • Return ticket confirmation
Not Included in the Price
  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc
  • Sleeping bags and mat, and camping equipment

  • Children under 3 years old are allowed to stay in their parents room for free (not including an extra bed).
  • Children aged 4 to 11 years old receive a 40% discount on accommodation per night, inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • Children 12 and above will be charged as adults. 


Tour Background

Accommodation on Selena Travel tours 
Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Selena Travel Mongolia tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. 
Your Selena Travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar:  
  • Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
  • Springs hotel ***
  • Ramada hotel ****
  • Kempinski Khan Palace ****
  • Best Western Premier *****

Outside Ulaanbaatar: Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.

Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Selena Travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc. 
Food on Selena Travel tours 
During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).
During your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps (often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.
Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 
When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5. 



The majestic Altai Mountain range dominates the western part of Mongolia. The name Tavan Bogd (Five Saints - Five Holy Peaks) was given to a cluster of 5 dramatic peaks that tower the extensive Mongol Altai mountain range. This is the best place for Mongolia climbing and mountain climbing Mongolia.

The mountainous area climate is extreme with very little vegetation, giving the surrounding landscape a barren appearance. The stunning mountains of Altai are home to wild animals such as the globally endangered Snow Leopard, Argali and Ibex, as well as wolves and many bird species.

Potanin glacier - is the biggest and the most famous glacier in Mongolia, stretches 20km and connects the 5 Holy peaks. It is used by some large mammals besides human beings. Footprints from brown bears and snow leopards can often be found.
The Kazakh is a small ethnic group of Turkic origin that was one of Genghis Khaan's tribes. They are Muslims and now live peacefully keeping their completely different customs, strict traditions, religion and inhabit the Altai Mountains. Not like their relatives in Kazakhstan, they speak in their own Kazakh language as Mongolian government gave them the rights to keep and conserve their native language and religion. The traditional Kazak gers are generally larger and more decorated than their Mongolian counterparts. Their traditions surrounding food are also quite different to those in Mongolia. Though, they are very friendly like the Mongols. Hunting by trained Golden eagles is a tradition that dates back about 2000 years. The hunters catch young female eagles around two-years old and train them for their special hunting. Although hunting usually takes place in November and December the hunters are always proud to show their birds and to demonstrate their hunting methods.
Some useful info about mountain trekking or climbing:
The sport of trekking and climbing Mongolia is not a modern fad but as old any other exploratory instincts know to mankind. The mountain folk have been doing it forever. There are no boundaries to trekking and age is no barrier, you are never too young and as old as you believe yourself to be. Trekking in the wilderness apart from showing you some of the most amazing scenery that nature has bestowed upon us gives you the luxury of introspection and a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Welcome to the lands of infinite Mystique and unparalleled charm - Mongolia.
Trekking is one of the fundamental outdoor activities on which many others are based. Many beautiful places can only be reached overland by trekking. Mongolia hashed a lure for the traveler from time immemorial from those seeking salvation to the plain adventurous. Enthusiasts regard trekking as the best way to see nature. Trekking over long distances or over difficult terrain does require some degree of physical ability and knowledge. Trek along narrow winding trails with an abandon that comes only from knowing that the destination you seek will be beyond your expectations. Mongolia trekking is an unforgettable experience as Mongolia is a great place for hiking and trekking. Adventure trekking and hiking in the Altai Mountains is wonderful.
Mountaineering in Mongolia is unique as it gives you the chance to explore the country's nomadic culture and meet the friendly nomads while enjoying the nature beauty. No description of this trek would do justice to the scenery that unfolds in front of your eyes. Selena Travel organizes soft adventure short hikes and moderate treks to the hard adventure, mountain climbing, mountain climbing Mongolia, mountain trekking and real challenging long treks. Come and trek with us under the blue skies of Mongolia! Travel to Mongolia and take famous trekking and climbing Mongolia tours of Mongolia! 

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Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.

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