In the recent years Muztagh Ata (7546 m) is becoming more and more popular peak among both local and foreign alpinists due to the uniqueness of the region, its accessibility, relatively low expedition costs and availability of voluminous information on it. The eastern boundary of the Pamir uplands – the Kunlun Mountains – is a giant ice barrier, which separates the Pamirs from the greatest desert of Central Asia – Taklamakan. Here the Pamir uplands step forth to the east and, thus, this vast eastern “bridgehead” of the “Roof of the world” is restricted by the Kunlun Mountains’ range from the north-east and by Muztagh Ata from the east.
The ranges of Muztagh Ata and Kunlun contain three highest peaks of the Pamirs – Kongur Tagh (Kongur-1), which is 7719 m high, Kongur Tube Tagh (Kongur-2), which is 7595 m high and Muztagh Ata (7546 m). The Muztagh Ata Peak (translated from Turkish it means the “Father of Ice Mountain”) is situated at the territory of north-west China. The western mountainside gently slopes down and turns into a flat plain – Subashi “glade”, which is crossed from north to south by the famous Karakoram highway (Kashgar-Tashkurgan-Gilgit).
The glaciers of Muztagh Ata are no more than 10 km away from the road. The first ascension to Muztagh Ata was performed in 1956 and the route was passing along the southernmost of its western ridges. That time joint Soviet-Chinese expedition under the direction of Beletskiy E. A. and Kuzmin K. K. was working here. 31 alpinists climbed the peak then (19 Russian and 12 Chinese). In the centre of the western mountainside of the peak there is a giant hollow. Ice falls into the hollow and, thus, it “feeds” the Qortomak glacier, which is streaming down. Therefore, to the left and to the right of the hollow there are two “classic” routes to the peak: Northern and Southern ones. At the moment the south slope route is the most safe and popular. The route of ascension is not technically difficult; however, such critical factors as unpredictable weather and a long time you have to stay on high altitude are of great importance for success or failure of your expedition. In order to achieve your goal except good physical conditions and necessary mountaineering equipment you must ensure correct acclimatization.
At present Muztagh Ata region is visited by more than 600 climbers annually, and many of them consider this peak as the excellent skiing destination. So, you’ve decided that your aim is the Muztagh Ata peak! In this case you have to choose where you are to start your journey from: either Bishkek or Urumqi. The city closest to the Base Camp of Muztag-Ata is Kashgar. You can get to Kashgar from the above-mentioned cities either by land or air transport in two days through the Torugart Pass or the airport of Kashgar respectively. For many centuries Kashgar as a magnet have been attracting adventure-seekers from all over the world.
Thousands of caravans and expeditions were passing through this city; it was an ancient gate to Central Asia and Tibet, China and India. Some of those who were passing through Kashgar remembered it for the lifetime, and others, being charmed by the place, stayed here forever. And you will be just one of those who decided to cross this land to get to the Base Camp under Muztagh Ata peak.
• Meeting/seeing off at the airport
• All transfers according to the program
• Arrangement of all needed documents including:
– Invitation letters and visa support
– Registration in OVIR (Department of Visa and Registration)
– Ecological fees
– Ascent permit
• Accommodation in hotels and yurt camps according the program
• Meals during transfers and in the Base Camp at the Muztagh Ata peak (not more than 10 days)
• Porter’s service and pack animals (camels) for transportation equipment and luggage from Subashi to Muztagh Ata Base Camp and back
• Attendant guide from company (at the group from 10 persons)
• Base Camp services (4350 m):
– Accommodation in tents for two or three seats
– Full Board of meals treatment (3 times of hot meals)
– WC, shower, store tent, electricity
– Liaison officer in BC.
• Visa fees
• Medical expenses and insurance
• ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, medicines and medical service in Osh hospital, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation)
• International airfare
• Sightseeing program in Kashgar
Price per person
Tour will be arranged in case of group 10 pax and upper
• Personal guide’s service during all period of active part – 4950 USD;
• Porter’s service – price is negotiated; approximate price:
BC – C1 – 5.5EURO/6USD per kilogram
C1 – C2 – 17EURO/18USD per kilogram
C2 – C3 – 28EURO/30USD per kilogram;
• Rent of 1 high mountain tent – 150 USD, deposit 200 USD;
• Gas stove – 30 USD / 1 piece + 50 USD deposit;
• Gas can 230g (propane-butane) with screwed connection – 10 USD / 1 piece;
• Rope Ø8÷10mm, 30 – 50m – 25 USD / 1 piece + 25 USD deposit;
• Snowshoes (number is limited!) – 60 USD + 100 USD deposit.
• Set of high-altitude food – 200 USD
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