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Classic ski touring route to Muztagh Ata summit

Climb to the top of this landmark peak and enjoy an unforgettable descent, in the company of Andrey, a KMGA mountain guide. A 25-day adventure through the classic ski touring route to the Muztagh Ata summit.

Mountain RangePamir
Duration25 days
Offer periodJun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Enjoy an amazing descent above Muztagh Ata.

  • Reach the summit of an incredible peak in China.

  • Discover the local flora and fauna while trekking.

Description

Take the classic route up Muztagh Ata and enjoy an unforgettable 7546m descent.

Muztagh Ata, the second highest mountain in the Tibetan Plateau’s northern edge, is not only extremely popular among climbers but also a favorite among skiers.

The striking Subashi Valley and the blue waters of Karakul Lake make for an ascent that you won’t easily forget. The mountain is one of the easier 7000m peaks to climb, although thorough acclimatization is key to success.

We will take you up Muztagh Ata’s northern slope. This route is considered a fairly “easy” one as there are no technically difficult sections. High altitude and some crevices are among the main challenges.

Muztagh Ata is not only an extremely high peak. Its wide circumference also makes it a very large one. Both the northern slope and the less popular southern slope are not particularly steep but snowshoes or skis are recommended. Both routes are covered with deep snow.

This 25-day program starts in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border and reaching Subashi on the third day, visitors will be welcomed by alpine flowers and local marmots during the trek to Base Camp on day 4. The acclimatization and the climb to the Muztagh Ata summit take place between days 5-20. We will build and supply three high camps during the ascent.

The best months for ski touring in Muztagh Ata are from June till September. This is because, during this period, the slopes are well covered with high-quality snow.

Contact me for more information about this incredible tour to the summit of one of China’s landmark peaks. The descent promises to be an experience of a lifetime!

I can also lead you on a mountaineering program to the top of Muztagh Ata. Check it out!

Meeting point

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Kashgar, China

Disclaimer

Payment will not be refunded to travelers who choose to cut the expedition short.

More info

The tour costs USD 3350 per person for travelers who choose to start and finish in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For those wishing to join the group in Kashgar, China, the tour costs USD 3100 per person.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Transfer to Naryn City.

Day 2: Border crossing

Cross Kyrgyzstan-China border. Arrive to Kashgar, China.

Day 3: Transfer to Subashi Village

Day 4: Trek to Base Camp

Day 5 to 20: Acclimatization and ascent.

Day 21: Descent to Base Camp

Transfer to Kashgar.

Day 22: Kashagar

Day 23: Transfer to Naryn.

Day 24: Transfer to Bishkek

Day 25: End of program


About the guide

I was born in what is now Bishkek, the Capital City of Kyrgyz Republic (used to be Frunze, the Capital of Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic) and live there ever since.

I started guiding professionally in 2004. I guide groups and individuals in technical and high altitude climbing, ski-tours, backcountry skiing, rock-climbing, ice climbing. I can also provide training facilities and organize trekking programs.

My main priorities in guiding are client safety and expedition success and therefore, my professional motto is “Never climb with strangers”.

In 2011, I finished my training with the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide School. The school is supported by Mammut and the Swiss and British Mountain Guide Associations and follows the IFMGA standards. Upon completion of the course and passing necessary tests I was qualified as a Mountain Guide. I am also qualified in mountain rescue and first aid by Mountaineering Instructor School in Kyrgyzstan (2012) and a member of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA) since the Autumn of 2009 where I serve as an instructor and examiner for the National Mountain Guide courses.

In my 13 years of guiding, I have worked all over Tien-Shan and Pamir in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China and East Sayan and Lake Baikal areas in Russia. I have arranged several ski tour and backcountry skiing programs in the Ala Archa national park, Suusamyr valley, Kyrghyz Ala Too, Chong Kemin gorge, Kumtor glacier, and Terskey Ala Too.

In 2009-2016 I worked as a high altitude guide at the Lenin Peak (7134 m), Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m), Pobeda Peak (7439 m), and Muztag Ata Peak (7546 m). As a mountaineering expert, I also have participated in 6 expeditions.

Presently I have over 100 ascents of different difficulty. The most significant of them are: Pobeda peak (7439 m) 1 ascent; Lenin peak (7134 m) 13 ascents; Muztag Ata (7546 m) 1 ascent; Khan Tengri (7010 m) 1 ascent; Korona peak 1st tower ED2 Smirnov route, winter conditions; Free Korea peak ED1 George Lowe route, winter conditions; Bachachekey peak 4 routes ED1 Kusmenko, Shwab, Polik, Ilyshenko; Ak-Too peak TD route, first ascent, winter conditions; Tarasova(Slovenia) TD route, winter conditions; Simagina peak TD+ route, winter conditions.

My sport climbing level: 7a-7b on sight, 7c-8a red point.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come and discover the mountains of my region.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 9279 each

Group of 2

USD 5516 each

Group of 3

USD 4485 each

Group of 4

USD 3454 each

Group of 5

USD 3454 each

Group of 6

USD 3454 each

Group of 7

USD 3454 each

Group of 8

USD 3454 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Accommodation and meals are only included during transfers and at Base Camp. Climbers who decide to continue to the top will have to bring their own food.


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