MUZTAGH-ATA EXPEDITION

mustagh_ataMUZTAGH-ATA EXPEDITION 
(24- and 20-day variants, Normal Route from West)

Muztagh-Ata (7546 m), the Father of Ice Mountains, is the third highest mountain of the Western Kun-Lun. This two-headed icy giant is located near Karakul Lake and the Karakoram Highway, the main road running from the city of Kashgar to Pakistan. Because of its proximity to the highway, the mountain is easily approached and attracts many climbers.

The easiest and extremely popular climbing route is from the west along the gentle snow slopes. This route has no technical difficulties but is hard enough because of the very high altitude. For the successful ascent of Muztagh-Ata mountaineers should be in very good physical conditions, well acclimatized and have a basic climbing experience.

Period of the programme: June – September

Programme for 24 days from Bishkek to Bishkek: 
day 1 – arrival in Bishkek (in the morning); drive to Tash-Rabat, 10-12 hours; yurt accommodation; (L, D)
day 2 – drive to the Torugart Pass, 3-4 hours; crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border; drive to Kashgar, 3 hours; night at a hotel; (B)
day 3 – shopping in Kashgar; drive to Karakul Lake and then to Subashi, 4-5 hours; walk with pack-camels to the Muztagh-Ata Base Camp (~ 4450 m), 3-4 hours; (B, L, D)
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 – rest day; (B, L, D)
day 8 – Base Camp – Camp 1; (B)
day 9 – Camp 1 – Camp 2 (~ 6200 m)
day 10 – Camp 2 – Base Camp; (L, D)
day 11 – rest day; (B, L, D)
day 12 – rest day; (B, L, D)
day 13 – Base Camp – Camp 1; (B)
day 14 – Camp 1 – Camp 2
day 15 – Camp 2 – Camp 3 (~ 6800 m)
day 16 – Camp 3 – summit of Muztagh-Ata (7546 m) – Camp 3
day 17 – Camp 3 – Base Camp; (L, D)
day 18 – reserve day for the bad weather; (B, L, D)
day 19 – reserve day for the bad weather; (B, L, D)
day 20 – walk with pack-camels to Subashi; drive to Kashgar; night at the hotel; (B)
day 21 – rest and sightseeing in Kashgar; night at the hotel; (B)
day 22 – drive to the Torugart Pass; crossing the China-Kyrgyzstan border; drive to Tash-Rabat; yurt accommodation; (B, D)
day 23 – drive to Bishkek; night at a hotel; (B, L)
day 24 – transfer hotel – airport; departure from Bishkek (in the morning)

Services and expenses included in the programme price: 
– All necessary permits and formalities for Kyrgyzstan and China: invitations for Kyrgyz and Chinese visas, registration in Kyrgyzstan, all necessary fees and charges for Xinjiang including a peak registration fee for Muztagh-Ata, an administrative fee, highway and conservation charges, an ecological fee, a payment for a general liaison officer of China Xinjiang Mountaineering Association (CXMA), etc
– Bus / jeep for the transportation Bishkek – Kashgar – Subashi and back and special payment for crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border with bus / jeep
– Pack-camels for the luggage transportation Subashi – Muztagh-Ata Base Camp and back (40 kg of luggage per person)
– Transfer hotel – airport in Bishkek
– Yurt accommodation at Tash-Rabat for 2 nights
– Hotel accommodation (single and double rooms) in Bishkek for 1 night
– Hotel accommodation (single and double rooms) in Kashgar for 3 nights
– Base camp equipment: a big mess tent, tables, stools, a mess kit, gas stoves and a cooking set
– Meals in Kyrgyzstan: 2 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
– Meals in Kashgar: 3 breakfasts (B)
– Meals at Base Camp: 10 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
– Chinese cook for cooking in Base Camp
– Chinese liaison officer-interpreter
– Expedition manager of Fii Activ (optionally)

Programme for 20 days from Kashgar to Kashgar: 
day 1 – arrival in Kashgar; transfer airport – hotel; night at a hotel
day 2 – shopping in Kashgar; drive to Karakul Lake and then to Subashi, 4-5 hours; walk with pack-camels to the Muztagh-Ata Base Camp (~ 4450 m), 3-4 hours; (B, L, D)
day 3 – acclimatization walk around the Base Camp area; (B, L, D)
day 4 – Base Camp – Camp 1 (~ 5200 m); (B)
day 5 – Camp 1 – Base Camp; (L, D)
day 6 – rest day; (B, 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 day; (B, L, D)
day 11 – rest day; (B, L, D)
day 12 – Base Camp – Camp 1; (B)
day 13 – Camp 1 – Camp 2
day 14 – Camp 2 – Camp 3 (~ 6800 m)
day 15 – Camp 3 – summit of Muztagh-Ata (7546 m) – Camp 3
day 16 – Camp 3 – Base Camp; (L, D)
day 17 – reserve day for the bad weather; (B, L, D)
day 18 – reserve day for the bad weather; (B, L, D)
day 19 – walk with pack-camels to Subashi; drive to Kashgar; night at the hotel; (B)
day 20 – transfer hotel – airport; departure from Kashgar; (B)

Services and expenses included in the programme price: 
– All necessary permits and formalities for China: invitations for Chinese visas, all necessary fees and charges for Xinjiang including a peak registration fee for Muztagh-Ata, an administrative fee, highway and conservation charges, an ecological fee, a payment for a general liaison officer of China Xinjiang Mountaineering Association (CXMA), etc
– Transfers airport – hotel in Kashgar: 2 transfers
– Bus / jeep for the transportation Kashgar – Subashi and back
– Pack-camels for the luggage transportation Subashi – Muztagh-Ata Base Camp and back (40 kg of luggage per person)
– Hotel accommodation (single and double rooms) in Kashgar for 2 nights
– Base camp equipment: a big mess tent, tables, stools, a mess kit, gas stoves and a cooking set
– Meals in Kashgar: 2 breakfasts (B)
– Meals at Base Camp: 10 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
– Chinese cook for cooking in Base Camp
– Chinese liaison officer-interpreter
– Expedition manager of Fii Activ (optionally)

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