Tour Program

Day
1
Bishkek - Balykchy - Naryn
Itinerary
Arrival to Bishkek. Meeting at the airport. During your first travel day you will accomplish a transfer along the Bishkek - Balykchy - Naryn route. This part of the road passes by picturesque mountain landscapes, through beyond-the-clouds passes, along fast-flowing rivers and amazingly beautiful Kyrgyz lake Issyk-Kul. Upon arrival to Naryn you will be accommodated in a guest house or a yurt camp.
Meals
- L D
Accomodation
Guest house or Yurt camp

Day
2
Naryn - Torugart - Kashgar
Itinerary
Today Naryn - Torugart (Kyrgyz-Chinese border, 3752 m) transfer is planned for you early in the morning. The road passes through the At-Bashi valley, where quite often part of the landscape is the flocks of yaks. Besides, you way is passing along the scenic lake Chatyr-Kul (3500 m) and the mineral spring famous with its medicinal characteristics. Transition to China via Kyrgyz-Chinese border point Torugart. Customs procedures. Transfer to Kashgar. Hotel 3* check-in.
Meals
B _ _
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
3
Kashgar - Subashi
Itinerary
Today active rest lovers and extreme seekers will be transferred from Kashgarа to Subashi village along the Karakoram highway (approx. 200 km, 5 hrs.). Despite a long transfer time you won’t be bored as there are a lot of things to look at: the route is quite beautiful as it passes through the narrow picturesque gorge of the Gez river. In a while we will cross a conditional border where Kunlun and Pamir mountain systems are said to join. Certainly, you will have meal while on the way. For lunch you will taste perfect Uyghur laghman and excellent “tandyr kabob” (which is shashlyk cooked in a closed national-type clay oven). Upon arrival to Subashi you will be accommodated in either tents or yurts. Food: full boarding.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
4
Subashi (3600 m) - Muztagh Ata Base Camp (4450 m)
Itinerary
After early breakfast we head to Muztagh Ata Base Camp. Don’t worry that you have a lot of luggage of a considerable weight as you don’t have to transport it by yourself. At our starting point in Subashi you will be provided with camels to carry the luggage. So, don’t forget to take a picture of our “caravan” and then move forward. Passage from Subashi to the Base Camp with take approx. 4 hrs. The most suitable shoes for this part of the route are running shoes or light hiking boots as the route is quite simple and do not require any special physical preparation. In 4 hours we will see Muztagh Ata Base Camp at last. Base Camp is located on a quite wide picturesque glade under the moraine terrace not far from the starting point of the ascension route. In Muztagh Ata Base Camp you are guaranteed to have three hot meals a day. Also there are shower tent and field-type toilets there. The territory of the Base Camp has mobile phone network coverage, thus you will be able to connect to the world. However, there is no internet connection. Connection between upper Camps and the Base Camp is carried out using walkie-talkies. The only thing you must remember - there is no possibility to rent either walkie-talkies, or gas-tanks and whatever else equipment you need in the Base Camp. Therefore, all issues concerning the rent of equipment and gas-tanks purchase have to be discussed and settled down beforehand, during the correspondence process.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base camp
Day
5
Muztagh Ata Base Camp
Itinerary
Rest day in Muztagh Ata Base Camp. Today you will be able to take a look at the location and acclimatize. We advice you to spent this day actively. For better acclimatization, acquaintance with the locals and their life style and possible purchase of quite tasty yak milk we advice you to go down to a small village seen from the Base Camp.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
6
Muztagh Ata Base Camp
Itinerary
Today we continue our acclimatization walks around Muztagh Ata Base Camp. Those who go in for bouldering will have a great opportunity to train as there are many boulders around the Base Camp.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
7
Muztagh Ata Base Camp (4450 m) - Camp 1 (5350 m)
Itinerary
After some rest and passive acclimatization we are ready to ascent to Camp 3. In order to accomplish the ascent to the peak we have to use the system of 3 high-altitude camps. So, let’s start! Today you will ascent from Muztagh Ata Base Camp (4450 m) to Camp 1 (5350 m). There is a good trail along the ridge of the rocky mountainside to ascent. Usually there is no snow at the mountainside (up to 5000 m), thus, it is possible to wear trekking shoes for this part of the route. Camp 1 is situated in a snowy zone open to winds, therefore, it would be better to dig the tents around and to put a snow wall around as well. It will prevent your tent from being damaged or blown away. Overnight in Camp 1 for better acclimatization.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
8
Camp 1 - Base Camp
Itinerary
Descent from Camp 1 (5350 m) back to the Base Camp (4450 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
9
Base Camp - Camp 1
Itinerary
Along the familiar path we ascent from the Base Camp (4450 m) to Camp 1 (5350 m). Overnight in Camp 1.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 1
Day
10
Camp 1 (5200 m) - Camp 2 (6200 m)
Itinerary
Today we are in for the ascent from Camp 1 (5200 m) to Camp 2 (6200 m). Distinctive feature of this part of the route is walking through the icefall. There are many visible and invisible crevasses in the icefall. They are usually well marked, but early in the season and after a fresh snow fall, be very careful. Sometimes there are quite steep snow and ice walls along the trail. We recommend you to take ascenders, snowshoes and crampons. Picturesque views of the valley and the Karakoram highway won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 2
Day
11
Camp 2 (6200 m) - Camp 3 (6800 m)
Itinerary
Ascent from Camp 2 (6200 m) to Camp 3 (6800 m). This part is a wide snow and ice ridge. In the beginning of the route there are some hidden crevasses. General direction of our passage is to the north-east. Here it is better not to deviate to the left of the ridge as it can be dangerous.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 3
Day
12
Camp 3 (6800 m) - Base Camp (4450 m)
Itinerary
Descent from Camp 3 (6800 m) to the Base Camp (4450 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
13
Base Camp
Itinerary
This is a rest day. Today you can visit ancient city of Tashkurgan for a city-tour. It is a beautiful and colorful place. The city has got more than 3 thousand year long history. Distance from Muztagh Ata Base Camp to Tashkurgan is about 90 km. Another 10 km forward and you are in the valley of the hot mineral springs, where you can enjoy bathing in a natural “Jacuzzi”. This pleasure will cost you 80$ per person (for the group of no less than 4 people).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp
Day
14
Base Camp - Camp 1
Itinerary
Ascent from Base Camp (4450 m) to Camp 1 (5350 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 1
Day
15
Camp 1 - Camp 2
Itinerary
Ascent from Camp 1 (5350 m) to Camp 2 (6200 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 2
Day
16
Camp 2 - Camp 3
Itinerary
Ascent from Camp 2 (6200 m) to Camp 3 (6800 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 3
Day
17
Camp 3 (6800 m) - The Peak Muztagh Ata (7546 m) - Camp 2 (6200 m)
Itinerary
Today you are about to accomplish the ascent to the peak, that is to reach the ultimate goal of you coming to Muztagh Ata! So, we have an early morning today as the peak is waiting for us! We start at 5-6 in the morning. The ascent to the peak is done through a wide and gentle snowy ridge. Here you will feel the altitude. And it’s a real luck that we didn’t forget to take with us our snowshoes and skis! And finally, here it is - the Peak! HURRAH!!!!!! The entire Kunlun is at your feet!!!!!! The highest point - Muztagh Ata peak is a small island of black rocks; behind it steep slopes gradually go down to the north, towards the Koksel glacier. Useful hint: if there is bad weather and low visibility don’t risk without a need. In the end good alpinist is alive one! Anyway, you can reach the peak on the other day. Overnight in Camp 2.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Camp 2
Day
18
Camp 2 - Base Camp
Itinerary
Descent from Camp 2 (6200 m) to Base Camp (4450 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp.
Day
19
Camp 2 - Base Camp
Itinerary
Descent from Camp 2 (6200 m) to Base Camp (4450 m).
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base Camp.
Day
20
Reserve day
Itinerary
Reserve day for bad weather.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Base camp
Day
21
Base Camp - Subashi - Kashgar
Itinerary
In the morning our drovers will organize you a camelcade, we’ll put the luggage onto the camels and start hiking with no luggage to Subashi enjoying wonderful surrounding views. In Subashi the transport is waiting for us to transfer us back to civilization towards evening. Then we’ll proceed to Kashgar, where we are accommodated at a cozy hotel. Overnight at a hotel 3* in Kashgar.
Meals
B _ _
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
22
Kashgar. Leisure time
Itinerary
Recommended basic facilities to visit in Kashgar are Kashgar bazaar and historical attractions. In addition to its convenient location at the crossroad of the Central Asian routes, Kashgar is interesting by itself as an ancient city of the Great Silk Road with a 2-thousand year history. The central part of Kashgar is occupied by the old city without any slightest suggestion of a regular city planning, which is full of narrow twisted street, numerous squares used as bazaars, brick or wattle and daub houses, and such dark and narrow back streets that only God knows where they lead to. It is recommended to visit the Id Kah Mosque, which is the heart of the city. Built in 1442 it is the largest in China. But don’t try to see something huge and high as from the first glance the dimensions of the mosque are not really astonishing. Well, there has never been a tradition to built mosques and minarets in Xinjiang. However, it is said that this mosque is of a great capacity: about 10 thousand people can get in at a time. Another prove of Kashgar’s antiquity is the remains of an ancient daub wall, which surrounded the city long ago. Its height is approximately 9 meters. Long ago one can get into the city only through a couple of gates made in the wall - River and Sand Gates (Suv-darvaza and Kum-darvaza respectively). Nowadays only the names of the streets remind of them. It is considered that for many centuries the role of Kashgar was the same - the city existing at the crossroad of civilizations and adsorbing their numerous influences from the day of its foundation was a huge bazaar where one could buy, sell or exchange whatever he/she had. In fact, the city has deserved its status. Overnight at a hotel 3* in Kashgar.
Meals
B _ _
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
23
Kashgar - Torugart - Naryn
Itinerary
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Torugart pass - the Chinese-Kyrgyz border. After all formalities are accomplished we will continue further to Naryn. Accommodation in guest house or yurt camp.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Guest house or Yurt camp
Day
24
Naryn - Bishkek
Itinerary
Naryn - Bishkek. Hotel check-in in Bishkek.
Meals
B _ _
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
25
Bishkek - Departure
Itinerary
That’s all. Tomorrow you won’t have to think about the upcoming ascent looking at the charming peak and pack in a fever under the wind chilling to the marrow. Tomorrow your usual weekdays are to begin. However, there will be a new feeling there, a feeling which is always taking you back to everything you’ve got through, seen and felt this summer.
Meals
B - -
Accomodation
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