22 Days Muztagh-Ata Climbing




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Muztagh Ata 7,546m(24,757 ft ), which is second highest mountain in Kunlun range, lies just south of Konggur Tagh(7649m), highest in Kunlun range, and south west of Karakul lake, Together they form somewhat isolated group with many other 7000m peaks around, and isolated from the main chain of the Kunlun.

Location: 215km away from kashgar, Muztagh Ata regarded as being part of north western Kunlun Mountain range, but it is geographically more closer connected to the Pamir mountain range, Karakoram highway, which is highest paved international highway in the world to link China with Pakistan through Kunjirap pass, just passes through very close to both Muztagh Ata and Konggur Tagh as well as Karakul lake, it is easily accessible from the Highway to Base Camp of Muztagh Ata.
Muztagh Ata 7,546m(24,757 ft ), which is second highest mountain in Kunlun range, lies just south of Konggur Tagh(7649m) ,highest in Kunlun range ,and south west of Karakul lake, Together they form somewhat isolated group with many other 7000m peaks around, and isolated from the main chain of the Kunlun,
Name: Muztagh Ata (father of IceMountains in Uyghur)
Elevation: 7,546m (24,757 ft), Ranked 43th highest in the World
Coordinates: 38° 16′ 42’’N / <a
Number of high camps : there are 3 high camps , camp one(5200m),Camp two (6200m), Camp three(6800m)
Best Time to Climb: June, July and August
Difficulty Level: Muztagh Ata is Most Popular 7000m easiest peak in the world to climb by being Technically not difficult and good for not very competent mountaineers, you can just walk up all the way to the summit, most difficult part is from camp one to camp two that you will take the zig zag track and facing the two crevasses on the way, rest of the way is just a trekking,

Other difficulties are bad weather ,thick snow ,some times it snows in high camps very thick like one miter or half deep, it makes it very difficult to walk on that fresh snow even with crampons ,so you need to wait day or two until the snow hard enough to walk on it.
History: First tries to climb up Muztagh-Ata were made in 1894 by Swedish geographic Sven Hedin from the West face. In two his attempts he reached the same altitude of 6300 m. In 1947 famous British climbersE. Shiptonand H. Tilman together with sirdar Gyalzen Sherpa could arrive to the summit dome at 7000 m. The first historic ascent of theMuztagh-Ata summit had been done in 1956 by Soviet-China expedition led by Eugene Beletsky following the route west face outlined by Hedin.
Ski: Muztagh Ata is perfect mountain to ski after ascent , you can ski down from summit to the 6000m, then you can not ski from 6000m to 5650m because of zig zag track with crevasse ,from 5650m to 4800m you can ski.
Porter service: there are porters and donkeys arranged by our company, your luggage can be portered until camp 3,

Day 1 :

Arrive Kashgar

 

Arrive Kashgar by crossing the Torugat pass from Kyrgyzstan, or arrive Kashgar by flight via Urumqi.

Meet with our company Tour guide and driver at Torugat border, and transfer to the China customs and immigration office to be officially in China, after all the procedure drive to Kashgar and check in Hotel

Day 2 :

Kashgar to Subash

 

Do some shopping in the morning and drive 215km on Karakoram highway to Subash, Package Lunch, Dinner at Kyrgyz Yurt in Subash

Day 3:

Subash to Base Camp of Muztagh Ata

 

Pack up Camels in the morning; trek up 3-4 hours to the Base Camp of Muztagh Ata, Lunch and Dinner will be at BC

Day 4 to Day 19

 

Acclimatization and ascent to the summit

Day 20 :

BC to Subash to Kashgar

 

Trek back to Subash with packed camels, After Lunch in Subash drive back to Kashgar, Dinner in Kashgar

Day 21 Kashgar City Uyghur Cultural Tour

Kashgar has been claimed “the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere inCentral Asia”, although the city is becoming more developed.

Being the Islamic cultural center of China, Kashgar?now days? is very important western most special economic zone in China as it was also very important hub and earliest Islamic cultural center in central Asia’s Silk Road.

So far today we will do full day excursion in this city, and visit Kashgar Sunday livestock Market, south and centralAsiaMarket, Apak Hoja tomb, Idkah Mosque and Kashgar old town, and enjoy the Uyghur local cuisines likekebab, hand pulled noodle in best Uyghur food restaurant in kashgar.

Kashgar Live stock Market: Open field agricultural market only held every Sunday, Uyghur farmers type, very local atmosphere, business is all about the animals like sheep, yaks, goats, donkey, cows, camels and horses,

South andCentral Asia Market: it is regular commodity market that has all sort of goods, Market attracts more than hundred thousand people every Sunday from nearby towns around the kashgar and from central Asian countries as well.

Apak Hoja tomb: Mausoleum is finest examples of Uyghur Islamic architecture in China, large dome of 17m is at the center surrounded by four corner minarets with strips and arabesque floral patterns initially built in 1640, powerful religious and political leader Apak hoja’s five generations of relatives buried inside the tomb,

Idkah Mosque: Being largest mosque in China and 12th largest in the world, Idkah mosque is unique best preserved Uyghur architecture in nowadays and can hold more than 20 thousand worshipers on Friday prayer, and the mosque built in 1442.

Kashgar old town: well preserved more than 1000s years old Uyghur residential area, people began to settle down there 11 hundred years ago after Uyghur people converted to Islam during the period of Great Karakhanid Dynasty which had been dominated whole central Asia from 9th century to 13th century, Kashgar was a capital .and it was cultural, political and important transportation hub in Central Asia’s silk road, it is treasure of silk road. Karakhanid dynasty imperial palace was also located in this old town, and still some parts of palace wall visible

Because of it’s unique natural old fashion medieval style, old town attracted the attention of Hollywood to shot the film “Kite Runner”, most parts of the film was shot in this old town,

And more than 40 thousands of Uyghur families still live here behind hand-carved poplar doors, many in tumbledown rentals, others in two-story homes that vault over the alleys and open on courtyards filled with roses and cloth banners. Current architectural and life style of people directly derived from Medieval Karakhanid Uyghur culture. Possibly we have chance to visit one of the family.

Day 22 :

Kashgar to Torugat

 

Today leave China; See you Off at Torugat Pass or at the Kashgar Airport