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Muztag-Ata Peak (7546m), Kun-Lun. Fixed dates

Muztag-Ata Peak (7546m), Kun-Lun. Fixed dates

Tour Code: EXP 04
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Muztag-Ata Peak (7546m), Kun-Lun. Fixed dates


The itinerary: Bishkek - Naryn - Torugart Pass - Kashgar – Subashi- Base Camp - Muztag-Ata - Kashgar – Torugart Pass - Naryn – Bishkek

        Muztagh Ata (7546 m) is second-highest summit of Chinese Pamir situated in Kun-Lun Range on the territory of Xinjiang National Autonomous Region of China. In Turkic languages "Muztagh Ata" means "Ice Mountain`s Father". The huge snow-covered mountain massif raised beetling over the Karakul Lake attracts mountaineers all over the world. The route to the top is not technically difficult with its slopes of 25°-30° steepness, yet it demands from climbers to be in high physical conditions. Muztagh Ata is nearly perfect for continuous and most enjoyable ski downhill from the top. First ascent to the Muztag Ata had been made in 1956 by joint China-Soviet mountaineering expedition.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to Naryn. Accommodation in Guest House or Yurt camp.
Day 2 Drive to the Torugart Pass, crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border. Transfer to Kashgar.
Day 3 Transfer Kashgar - Subashi.
Day 4 Drive from Subashi and meet our camels and start the walk to base camp.
Days 5-20 Climbing Activity.
Day 21 Base Camp - Subash - Kashgar.
Day 22 City tour at Kashgar.
Day 23 Drive to the Torugart Pass, crossing the China-Kyrgyzstan border. Transfer to Naryn.
Day 24 Transfer Naryn - Bishkek. Hotel.
Day 25 Transport to airport, flight home.

"Easy" and popular

Muztagh Ata is one of the most popular 7000m peaks, probably only second to Pik Lenin in the neighbouring country Kyrgyzstan. There are many reasons for its popularity:
- The access is very easy. In a few hours you can reach the BC from the asphalted Karakoram Highway.
- The mountain is located in an interesting part of the world, close to the old Silk Road and the beauty of nature is stunning.
- The main reason is probably Muztagh Ata"s reputation being the easiest 7000m peak. The normal route is easy, technically speaking and there are few objective dangers. The high altitude, the deep snow on the enormous wind swept slopes and the biting winds over 7000 meters still make it a hard target. The bottom line is; there"s no easy peak of that altitude.

Name and location

The name Muztagh Ata means Father of Ice Mountain in the local language Uygyr. It"s easy to understand why it got its name as it really dominates its surroundings. It"s not only a high peak; it"s also large in terms of the circumference of the base. Its glaciated summit looms about 4 kilometres over the beautiful Subashi Valley and the deep blue Karakol Lake completes the picture.
There has been a debate about which range the peak belongs to, but nowadays most consider it to mark the western end of the mighty Kunlun Shan Range. Some are still placing Muztagh Ata in The Pamirs, but those are in small minority. The sub range it belongs to is named Kongur Shan, which refers to its higher neighbour a bit further north. Muztagh Ata is the third highest peak in the Kunlun, second to Kongur.

Climbing History

The first recorded attempt to climb the peak dates back to 1894. It was famous explorer and cartographer Sven Hedin who first tried to ascend on the back of a yak. The yak died and Hedin continued on foot towards the summit. He failed and so did other expeditions in 1900, 1904 and 1947. The last was lead by famous and experienced climbers Bill Tilman and Eric Shipton. They got close to the summit but had to turn back due to deep snow and extreme cold. Muztagh Ata was finally climbed by a huge Soviet-China team in 1956. Beletskiy was the formal leader and they used the west ridge.

Routes, a brief

There are two routes on the western side of the peak.
The normal route, located on the northernmost of the two snow and glacier slopes of Muztagh Ata. It"s a straight forward climb without any technical section. There"s an icefall in between 5500 and 6100m. There are some crevasses, but in general free of objective danger.
On the more southern slope on the west side of the peak, you can find the much less used Traditional Route. It is slightly longer, but equally easy. Some say the crevasse danger is lower, but as it is used by far less climbers, route finding can be a concern. It passes just under Muztagh Ata"s south summit Kalaxong, therefore many use the name "Kalaxong Ridge Route".
These two routes are never steep, possibly up to 40 degrees. Snow shoes or skis are recommended as you usually have to battle deep snow.

Day 1 Arrival in Bishkek. Rest. Afternoon transfer to Naryn, Accommodation in Guest House or Yurt camp.
Day 2 Drive to the Torugart Pass,crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border; meeting your guide from China, then escorted driving to Kashgar, 3 hours; hotel accommodation.
Day 3 Kashgar/Subashi (BUS 200kms 4-5 hours), we will drive along the Karakorum Highway winding for several hours through the narrow gorge of the Gez River. Then you ascend to an altitude of 3,900 metres by the shores of KARAKURI LAKE, 196 km from Kashgar. Horses, yaks and camels graze on the rich pasturage. Then we drive 10kms to Subashi.
Day 4 Trekking to Base camp In the morning we drive 10kms to Subashi and meet our camels and start the walk to base camp. With the camels carrying the team"s equipment, we trek over a level plane and then climb steadily through barren hills to base camp, approximately a 4-hour walk. Drifts of alpine flowers clothe the slopes as base camp is approached and screeching marmots call a welcome. Camping.
Days 5-20 Climbing Activity. Period for climbing of Muztag-Ata, which ask for building and supplying of three high camps.
Day 21 Base Camp/Subash/Kashgar(Trekking+Bus). In the morning we will go down to Subashi, again our gear will be taken by camels. At Subashi our transport to Kashgar will already be waiting and we will arrive there in early evening. Hotel accommodation.
Day 22 Kashgar. City tour at Kashgar, last day of the expedition. Our tour includes the tombs of Abakh Hoja Tomb, well-known Kashgar Bazaar, the famous Id Kah Mosque and the most unique old town with typical Uyghur styled homes. We visit the various shopping alleys full of noodle shops, bakeries, teashops, blacksmiths and carpenters.
Day 23 Kashgar/Torugart Pass(BUS) After breakfast, drive to the Torugart Pass; crossing the China-Kyrgyzstan border. Transfer to Naryn, guest house or yurt accommodation.
Day 24 Transfer Naryn - Bishkek. Hotel.
Day 25 Transport to airport, flight home.

Arrival datesTour costAvailable places
small package
option 1
full package
option 2
03.07 - 27.07.2018$2900$3150Closed

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Note: 2 options of the tour price:

Option 1 - Kashgar - Kashgar
Option 2 - Bishkek - Bishkek

The price include: The price does not include:
• Formalities and permit to climb the summit;
• Communication officer in the base camp;
• Accommodation and meals in the base camp during the expedition;
• Transfers: Bishkek - Naryn - Torugart - Kashgar - Subashi - and back;
• Hotel accommodation (based on TWN rooms) and yurt camps according the program;
• Meals according the program;
• Porters and camels from Subashi to the base camp and back;
• Complete kitchen equipment incl. kitchen tent, mess tent, tables, stools, a mess kit, gas stoves and a cooking set, etc.;
• Tent in the base camp for the period of expedition;
• Visa support if necessary;
• Tour leader of the expedition from Asia Adventures company.
• Visa;
• All changes during the program (extra transfers, extra days in towns or base camp);
• Equipment over base camp (high altitude tents, high altitude food);
• Porters over base camp;
• Single supplement $145 per person;
• Any other item on personal interest;
• Excursion not listed;
• Extra meal and drink;
• Accommodation and meals for any extra days in Bishkek or Kashgar, which are not included in the program;
• Personal guide for ascending is $2000 + package price Kashgar - Kashgar;
• Personal equipment (sleeping bags, shoes, snowshoes, and etc).
• The price of extra day in BIshkek or Kashgar in addition to the program is 40 $ per person in double rooms, and the price of accomodation in single room is 70 $ per day.
• The price of city excursion in Bishkek is 70$ per group;

Extra expenses:

- Single accommodation in Cities;
- Extra nights in Kashgar and Bishkek hotel;
- The individual jeep from BS to Kashgar (in case of early departure from expedition);
- Jeep Kashgar-Bishkek (in the case of early departure from expedition);
- Tips for staff;
- Individual guide for the duration of the expedition (including airline tickets, visas, personal equipment, pay for the expedition).

*** If the tourists have decided to finish the expedition earlier it is non-refundable payment for unused days at Base Camp, and also they pay extra for transportation from Base Camp to Bishkek, accommodation and food in the cities.

*** Remark: The program will be available only if the group will be 10 people minimum, we will inform every customer about how many people will be in a group. If one of the group will be not completed we can change dates of expedition, we will inform you about any changes.

Required documents

- International passport (Date of expiry more 6 months);
- Medical "alpinist" insurance.

Visas

The company "Asia Adventures" will send the visa support if it is necessary. Everyone gets visa in their own country.

Accommodation

In Bishkek - hotels. In Naryn, a guest house, rooms for 2-3 people or yurt camp (1 tent for 2-4 people). In Kashgar, hotel 3 * double rooms. In Subashi village - yurts (a tent for 8 people). A base camp - one tent for 2 people.

Food

Meals - according to the program. All-inclusive. Except food for climbing above base camp.

Service personnel

- The leader of the expedition from "Asia Adventures Company ";
- Chinese liaison officer;
- Chefs from China;
- The kitchen staff from China.

Medicine

Attention! A necessary condition for participation in the expedition is the presence of special alpinist health insurance. The leader of the expedition will have a group first aid kit, but you need to have your own personal medicines which you use, if you need. A month before the ascent we recommend you to take vitamins.

Weather

The weather in Mount Muztagh Ata area is stable. Heavy snowfalls are possible in the upper camps. In July, the snow may falls in the base camp.

 

 

 

 

Features tour
Duration, days 25
Countries
Chinese Xinjiang yes
Season
July yes
August yes

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