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MUZTAG ATA CLIMB
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MUZTAG ATA CLIMB - 7546 m, 21 days

 

Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (home to 13 nationalities, like Uygur, kasak Hui, Uzbek, etc). Xinjiang is rich in cultural diversity and experience. In the early afternoon we take one short flight to Kashgar. Transfer to hotel, accommodation.
Day 2 After breakfast we will drive along the Karakoram Highway several hours through the narrow gorge of the Gez River. Then an acclimatization ascend on the altitude 3900m by the shores of KARAKURI LAKE, 196 km from Kashgar. Horses, yaks and camels graze on the rich pasturage.
Day 3 In the morning we drive 10km 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-hours walk.
Day 4 – Day 17

Day 4 - acclimatization walk around the Base Camp area; (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Base Camp - Camp 1 (5200 m);(B)

Day 6 - Camp 1 - Base Camp; (L, D)

Day 7 - Base Camp - Camp 1; (B)

Day 8 - Camp 1 - Camp 2 (6200 m)

Day 9 - Camp 2 - Base Camp; (L, D)

Day 10 - rest days; (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Base Camp - Camp 1; (B)

Day 12 - Camp 1 - Camp 2

Day 13 - Camp 2 - Camp 3 ( 6800 m)

Day 14 - Camp 3 - summit of Muztagh-Ata ( 7546 m) - Camp 3

Day 15 - Camp 3 - Base Camp; (L, D)

Day 16 – Day 17 - reserve days for the bad weather; (B, L, D)

Day 18 In the morning we will go down to Subashi, our gear will be transported on camels. In Subashi our transport to Kashgar will already be waiting and we will arrive there in early evening. Accommodation in hotel.
Day 19 City tour in Kashgar, last day of the expedition. Our tour includes the tombs of Abakh Hoja Tomb, well-known Kashgar Bazzar, 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 20 Early morning flight to Urumqi. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 21 After LUNCH transfer to the airport. Flight home.

 

Dates of the tour:

Regular groups: You can choose the convenient dates and we will organize the program for you.
Individual tour: You can choose the convenient dates and we will organize the program for you.

 

It is included:

  • visa support;
  • Flight Urumqi – Kashgar – Urumqi;
  • DBL hotel rooms in Urumqi, HB (1 night);
  • transfer airport – hotel – airport in Urumqi;
  • transfer airport – hotel – airport in Kashgar;
  • DBL hotel rooms in Kashgar, FB (2 nights);
  • transfer from Kashgar to Subashi and back;
  • packing-animals from Subashi to BC and back;
  • climbing permit; - a liaison officer’s services; -
  • a cook‘s services, a dinning tent and kitchen sets in BC;
  • 10 days fresh meal at BC; - tent in BC (shared by two persons);
  • ecological fee;
  • climbing registration fee.

 

Not included:

  • SNGL accommodation;
  • all personal climbing equipment gear;
  • cooking equipment and food above the Base camp;
  • climbing tents;
  • any expenses due to early arrival or late departure (out of dates fixed by program);
  • accident and rescue insurance;
  • cash for extra expenses;
  • excess baggage fees and departure taxes.

 

TOP-TRAVEL recommends to use 1 night accommodation in Moscow before the program.

We can provide the following service in Moscow:

  • accommodation in hotel (3 stars) in central part of Moscow, BB (1 night);
  • transfers airport – hotel – airport;
  • Russian visa support;
  • airticket Moscow – Urumchi – Moscow.

 

Description of the Itinerary (Day 4 – Day 18):

We use three camps above Base camp. The first camp is likely to be close to the snow line. In this case we will use pack animals to transport all expedition supplies to Camp 1. Above this point all team members will need to participate in luggage carrying between camps. In addition to putting the necessary supplies in place, this also provides essential acclimatization and fitness for the summit attempt.

Camp 1 is at about 5,350m: a steep, stony ascent from BC and right on the edge of the glaciers that blanket the upper 2,000m of the mountain. It is a wonderful area with extensive views over pastures, hills, desert, the 'jewel' of lake Karakol and the white ramparts of Kongur.

From Camp 1, the route is a steady ascent up a snowy and sometimes icy slope, through an area of crevasses and then negotiating a small 'valley' in the glacier; this is the steepest part of the whole route. The ice scenery is awesome and a striking contrast with the brown land beyond. Above the 'valley', a long and unrelenting ascent leads up to the site of camp 2, a small shelf in the glacier at about 6,100m. There will probably be 2 or 3 ascents to camp 2, carrying loads for this camp and the one above. This is great for acclimatization and great for the skiers as there is an 800m run back to Camp 1 with an empty sac!

It is possible to fix a camp virtually anywhere on the upper part of the mountain. The choice of where to site camps will be made by the leaders taking into account prevailing conditions and the activities of other parties on the mountain. In recent years, the next camp has been placed at 6,450m, Camp 2 and a half! Alternatively, teams may use a Camp 3 at 6,800m. Issues such as; acclimatization, luggage carrying, snow conditions, sleeping comfort and average group speed will be taken into consideration when deciding what approach to use.

The route to the summit is straightforward; from 6,800m -7,400m a long, gradual slope slowly eases becoming gentler and gentler. Finally, with the ground appearing almost level, the small rise to the summit rocks appears. Beyond is the huge abyss of the east side of the mountain and all around is the vast emptiness of Central Asia, interrupted only by the high, white ridges of Kongur and the snowy peaks of the Pamirs. In clear conditions, the high peaks of the Karakoram range can be seen to the south.