Mongolia: Mountain Medicine CME - Wild Med Adventures

Mongolia: Mt Khuiten

Mountain Medicine CME CLIMb


CLIMB mt. khuiten

  • Join our 14 day course and Climb the Highest Peak of Mongolia @4375M (14,354 feet) with excellent instruction and the experience of Local Mongolian Mountain Guides. Mt. Kuithen Peak simultaneously borders Russia, China and Kazakhstan and is close to other beautiful peaks: Malchin, Niaramdal, Naran, Snowchurch and Olgii. The longest glacier of Mongolia, the Potanin glacier stretches for 19km from the eastern face of Mt. Khuiten. On the summit day, when on the top of Mt. Khuiten, you will be able to glance into Russia and China. The local Tuvan herders will act as your camel caravan handlers and as porters which will make for an unforgettable experience. Their culture, friendliness and traditions will make a lasting impression. Mongolia is everything you imagine it to be - empty plains, big skies, and ancient people still riding their horses as part of their everyday lives. Experience wilderness medicine education in a true wilderness landscape. Earn 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.


  • This accredited curriculum's highlights include pathophysiology, treatment and prioritization of care for a variety of medical problems encountered in the wilderness environments and settings remote from hospitals and definitive care. Physicians and allied health care providers who counsel patients traveling to remote areas will be interested in the topics covered during this unique CME event. Curriculum includes altitude risk reduction, recent recommendations on altitude-related illnesses & prophylaxis, frostbite, and other general mountain medicine topics. This will be achieved through didactic lectures, small-group discussion and hands-on training. Anyone interested in earning CME and traveling to Mongolia is welcome to attend: Nurses, Docs, PA's, EMT's, Paramedics, NP's and any outdoor enthusiasts are welcome. Non-medicals are welcome to attend and will likely gain valuable insight into trip preparation and general wilderness medicine techniques. 

Mongolia Mountain Medicine CME Video - 2018


  • The Summit's accessibility is one of the amazing characteristics of Mt. Khuiten. There is minimal technical climbing involved in the ascent and any climber who is in good physical condition can reach the top without complicated skills and expensive climbing equipment. However, some mountaineering experience is recommended such as use of ropes during glacier travel and basic ice ax skills.

  • Mt. Khuiten is a high altitude climb that is demanding and everyone should be comfortable with basic hiking and mountain skills. In addition, clients should be comfortable climbing 4-8 hours a day with a 40lb backpack and expect a long 10 - 12 hour summit day. You must be in excellent physical shape and should begin training and preparation much in advance. Many underestimate the physical demands of altitude and climbing steep terrain for long hours.

  • Please contact us with questions or concerns regarding your physical preparation. Everyone should have some experience in the mountains and check with their personal physician before climbing such a demanding and high altitude mountain.

HISTORY: (Taken from Wiki)

  • Khüiten Peak (Mongolian: Хүйтэн оргил, lit. "cold peak") is the highest point in Mongolia, on the west side of the country along the border with China. It is 4,374 m (14,350 feet, previously 4,356 m) high and has a permanent snow cap. In the past, Khüiten Peak was officially known as the "Friendship Peak" (Nairamdal Uul (Найрамдал Уул) in Mongolian, or Youyi Feng 友谊峰 in Chinese).

    Khüiten Peak is one of five peaks of Tavan Bogd mountain. Another peak, which is about 2.5 km north of Khüiten, marks the border tripoint between Russia, Mongolia, and China; the name of that peak is given in international agreements and on maps as Tavan Bogd Peak (Russian: Таван-Богдо-Ула, Tavan-Bogdo-Ula; Mongolian: Таван Богд Уул, Tavan Bogd Uul), or Mount Kuitun (Chinese: 奎屯山; pinyinKuítún shān).

    Some sources, however, associate the name Nairamdal Peak (Friendship Peak) with the peak at the border tripoint.The first known ascent of Khüiten Peak was in 1963 by Mongolian mountaineers sponsored by the government.


  • Intended as continuing education for physicians, NP's, PA's, nurses, EMT's and medics who aspire to work or teach as a field instructor/provider in recreational mountain environments or who may work in remote clinics and deal with the injuries sustained by mountaineers or outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Graduates from other wilderness medicine programs (e.g. FAWM, MFAWM) who want to gain experience and skills in Mountain Medicine / Remote Medicine

  • Individuals pursuing a Fellow of Wilderness Medicine degree (FAWM™)

  • Anyone looking to have a great trip shared with medical professionals and gain a better understanding of proper preparation and illness in high-altitude environments.


  • Skill level: This trip is open to all individuals in good physical condition and is a great first trip to altitude. It is a minimally technical ascent and no previous mountaineering experience is required. Expedition style. Moderate hiking, minimal technical skills necessary, but you should be in good physical condition. There will be long days of strenuous hiking.

  • Location: Mt. Khuiten, Mongolia

  • Length: 14 days

  • Capacity: 13

  • Minimum Number: 7 (Please don't book flights until our minimum number has been reached for August 19th-Sept. 1st)

    • Those that booked trip dates: August 6-19th, 2018 can book flights as we are hosting this course.

  • Prerequisites: Good Physical Condition, basic glacier travel skills with experience using Ice Ax

  • Cost: $6000 US includes 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits / FAWM

    • Deposit: $1,500/person

  • Departure dates: August 2018


  • Local Mongolian Mountain Guides, Assistant Guides, & Cook

  • All accommodations as listed on the itinerary.

  • All Park Fees & Permits for National Park

  • All meals during the trip as listed on the itinerary

  • Camping and cooking gear for the group

  • Satellite phone service (Calls not included)

  • Camels / Horses for group gear

  • Private ground transportation throughout the trip.

  • Local Flights to Ulgii-Ulaan Bataar

  • 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program.

  • VISA support

  • 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits / FAWM credits

Not included

  • International Airfare & VISA

  • Restaurant meals not listed on the itinerary

  • Restaurant Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks in hotels and inns

  • Personal equipment (Gear List)

  • Personal Insurance (Medical and Travel)

  • Rescue Insurance is *Required* (We recommend Global Rescue)

  • Personal expenses: souvenirs, etc.

  • Sat Phone calls.

  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the expedition.

  • Tips for Local Guides and Group Leaders

  • Individual Equipment

  • Charges for excess baggage

  • Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the expedition or need for early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, transportation not scheduled)

  • Reimbursement for any problems with obtaining visa or refusal of entry into country

  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Wild Med Adventures

ITINERARY: ( 2 different trip dates: First trip August 6th - 19th is FULL)

**Itinerary may have slight changes depending on weather, instructors, guide decisions, or other factors

  • August 4/5th (17th-18th): Day 0 (Check Flight Times - Arrival Day must be August 6th) Flight from Home Country

  • August 6th (19th): Day 1 Arrival in Ulaan Bataar

Upon your arrival at Ulaan Bataar airport, you will be met by one of our representatives who will take you to hotel, help with check-in and relax. (D) 

  • August 7th (20th): Day 2 Day in Ulaan Bataar

Today we will sleep in, relax, adjust to the time change and we will take you on a city sightseeing tour and have our "official"welcome dinner. (B/L/D)

  • August 8th (21st): Day 3 Travel to Ulgii

You will fly to Ulgii City, in the Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia, about a 3 hour flight. The population of this province is mostly Kazakh, with their own culture and language. At the airport you will be met your English-speaking guide, as well as your driver and expedition cook. Before lunch you will visit the town of Ulgii, seeing such sites as the local museum, the open air market, and the mosque. After lunch we will drive to Tavn Bogd (Five Peaks) National Park, about 90 km, with an overnight stay in a tent camp (Tent/L/D).

  • August 9th (22nd): Day 4 Drive to the Tsagaan Gol Valley

Today we take a 4 to 5 hour drive through the foothills of the mountains and reach the Tsagaan Gol Valley in the early afternoon. This a common place for the nomadic peoples to make camp in the summertime and where the Tuvan people live, practicing their Shaman religion. Here we will meet our camel guide to prepare for the next day’s hike. (Tent/B/L/D)

  • August 10th (23rd): Day 5 Hiking to the Tavn Bogd Base Camp

Today we will hike 18 km to the base camp of Tavn Bogd. Our luggage will be transported by camels, handled by the local Tuvan people, they are friendly and helpful. On the way you can see the ice peaks of the Potanin and Alexander Glaciers. The base camp is at an elevation of 3000 m. Total hiking time about 6 to 8 hours (Tent/B/L/D)

  • August 11th (24th): Day 6 Acclimatization Day

After  breakfast we will start slowly walking for about an hour and then start climbing to Malchin Peak (4050 m), which is on the Mongolian side of the Russian border. Malchin Peak is the lowest of the Holy Five Peaks. It takes 6 to 7 hours to climb to the top of Malchin. Most of the climb will be on rocks, then back to camp to relax. (Tent/B/L/D)

  • August 12th-15th (25th-28th): Day 7-10 Khuiten Ascent

We will cross the Potanin Glacier which lies between the base camp and Khuiten Peak. We will cross many big crevasses before reaching the peak. From the base camp, the hike is one day. We will set up camp at 3,500 m. The next morning, weather permitting, we will set about climbing the peak. (Tent/B/L/D)

  • August 16th (29th): Day 11 Return to the White River (Tsagaan Valley)

Today we will hike back to our camp in the Tsagaan Gol Valley. This evening we will have the opportunity to visit Tuvan families and share their culture and lifestyle. Total hiking: 6 to 8 hours. (Tent/B/L/D)

  • August 17th (30th): Day 12 Return to Ulgii

We will say goodbye to our Tuvan friends and take the 7 hour drive back to Ulgii. On the way we will visit with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters. Tonight is our chance to sleep in a Kazakh yurt (ger), and we will celebrate the ascent with cold beers and a traditional Kazakh meal. Alternatively you can spend the night in our own guesthouse, Eagle's Nest, with all modern comforts. (GorGH/B/L/D)

  • August 18th (31st): Day 13 Return Flight to Ulaan Bataar

This morning we catch the return flight to Ulaanbataar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon for shopping. (Hotel/B/L/D)

  • August 19th (Sept. 1st): Day 14 Return Flight to Home

This morning we wrap-up the CME education / forms. Transfer to Airport for return flight home (or continue on your own extended adventure)(B)


  • It is the policy of the Wild Med Adventures, LLC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations.

  • Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.

  • ACCME Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Wild Med Adventures, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • We are NOT guides. Wild Med Adventures sets up the trip with Local Resources and Guides but we are responsible for the Education/CME only. Our guides will be local. These activities are high risk and clients must assume responsibility of all illnesses and injuries that may be obtained in this foreign & remote travel adventure trip. While we try to ensure quality and safety for all of our trips, we can not prevent or guarantee safety and injury free trips.


  • Delegates should have personal insurance to cover any in-country medical examinations or injuries, rescue/evacuation insurance as well as some form of trip insurance to cover missed flights, weather delays and other potential trip delays. We recommend Global Rescue as well for evacuation and rescue insurance.

  • PLEASE set up an appointment with a travel clinic to ensure all appropriate vaccines and prophylaxis medications for Mongolia. The CDC is a useful resource. You should also discuss with your physician appropriate Altitude Sickness medications you should bring.



  • The goal of the Wilderness Medical Society Mountain Medicine CME Conference is to provide participants with a unique environment to experience essential medical-related topics and learn skills while collaborating with expert faculty through educational activities including lectures, hands on work-shops, and Climbing Excursions.

  • Development of this CME curriculum is formed by the following key objectives:

    • Provide educational opportunities based on core curriculum of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

    • Provide education of value to providers who care for the medical needs and also those involved with coordination of diving-related educational activities, including medical providers who must educate and instruct diver safety with their patients.

    • Provide education of interest to wilderness and austere-activity enthusiasts.

  • After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:

    • Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in remote settings.

    • Prevent, diagnose, and manage illnesses and injuries in austere environments.

    • Demonstrate increased knowledge and skill in recognizing and treating the most common illnesses and injuries encountered in mountain-related environments, including altitude medicine, hypothermia, cold injuries, and common back-country injuries.

    • Understand objective risk-assessment in wilderness environments from the perspective of the medical professional acting as a trip leader.

    • Understand the pathophysiology and management of acute emergencies related to remote environments.


  • The Mountain logistics and leadership will be provided by experienced Local Mongolian guides, whose team members have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

  • The Wild Med Adventures Team are all well traveled and experienced and promise to make your CME experience both educational and informative, but please note that we are only responsible for the educational aspect of this trip. For more information regarding our instructor's background - please see BIO's for instructor information.

  • Lead Instructor: Ben Mattingly, MD, FAWM


  • EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, NP, RRT, PhD or Physician for the CME credit.

  • If no CME needed, please feel free to attend and enjoy the lectures

  • A keen interest in wilderness first aid and mountain related injuries

  • A good level of physical fitness

  • Previous hiking and back-country experience with adequate preparation for various climate changes and temps

  • Anyone interested in going on a fun, relaxed and well experienced team for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

COST:  August 6th - August19th, 2018

Depost: $1500 (non-refundable unless course is cancelled due to not enough participants) 

Full Trip Cost: $6000 includes 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Non-Medical Spouse/Partner: $4500 (No early-bird discount & must sign-up with Partner) 

Early-Bird Discount: $500 (Use Code "EARLYMONGOLIA" at Check-out if you Sign-up by March. 1st, 2018)


  • Note: Wild Med Adventures highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Wild Med Adventures must adhere to a stringent refund policy.


  • Full refunds excluding DEPOSIT will be provided 120-days or more prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.

  • 90-119 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date = Loss of Deposit and 50% of remaining balance to be reimbursed.

  • No refunds will be provided 89-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.

  • All balances are due 90 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified and expect cancellation if not paid.

  • Participants whose balances are not received by the 90-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition or a $250 late fee will be applied.

Note: Wild Med Adventures reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible. In addition, we are not responsible for your safety on the mountain or during your travel and stay in Mongolia. We help arrange trips and education modules. All guiding will be done by trusted and experienced local Mongolian guides.

Maximum Number: 13 (excluding Instructors)

Minimum Number: 7 (Please don't book flights until we have confirmed minimum number of participants) 

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