In the north east of Mongolia lie the beautiful Khentii Mountains. These lands hold a special importance in the history of the ancient Mongolian Empire as the birthplace of Genghis Khan.
In June 1965 a team of 15 Mongolian mountaineers, including the celebrated teacher the late Zorig Radnaabazar, resolved to climb the highest peak of Khentii Mountains, Mount Asralt /2800m/. The formidable Mount Asralt sits among magnificent scenery of dense taiga forests and a rocky terrain. After two days of training at the foot of the mountain, the mountaineers led by Zorig Radnaabazar successfully climbed to the peak on June 5, 1965.
As fate would have it, three days later on June 8, 1965 Zorig’s family welcomed their third child, a daughter. Zorig named her after the magnificent peak they just climbed. Thus all his three children were named after mountains: Altai, Orgil and Asralt.
Since then Zorig climbed many mountains around the world in countries like Nepal, Russia, Czech, Japan, India and Poland. Over his lifetime he has made significant contributions to the development of the mountaineering sport in Mongolia. His contributions were recognized by the government of Mongolia with an honorary medal in 1993. The Mongol Altai Mountaineering Club he established in 1986 has organized expeditions to many peaks in Mongolia with mountaineers from around the world for over 20 years.
His daughter Asralt continued his work of welcoming and hosting international adventure seekers. In 2006 Asralt officially established her travel company Wild Mongolia and continues to help mountaineers and travelers from around the world discover Mongolia’s wild landscapes and ancient culture.
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