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26 days
Availability : July 1 - August 20
Muztagh Ata
Min Age : 18+
Program for Muztagh Ata
*it's the recommended program

China opens borders for foreigners in 2023 and we invite everyone to join us in Muztagh Ata expedition this summer!

Muztagh Ata is the mountain located in Pamir range in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The altitude of the peak is 7546 m., but due to the gentle western slope and relatively dry weather in the region, it is one of the easiest peaks above seven-thousand meters. In the last few years it became very popular destination for ski mountaineers from the whole world.

Climb Muztagh Ata with Asia Outdoor Club and get a lot of impressions from the greatness of Chinese Pamir mountains.

Day 1Arrival in Bishkek. City tour and overnight in hotel.

Arrival to Manas International airport. You will be met by representative of Asia Outdoor Club. Transfer to the hotel. After a rest we will have a city tour in Bishkek. Night in a hotel.

Day 2Drive Bishkek - Balykchy - Naryn (360 km., 5-6 hrs.)

After breakfast the driver will take you from the hotel and transfer to Naryn via Balykchy town. You will have the possibility to watch all beauty of Kyrgyz mountain ranges and whole nature. After arrival to Naryn the accommodation in a hotel.

Day 3Transfer Naryn - Kashgar (350 km., 8-9 hrs.) through Torugart Pass

After the breakfast we’ll have a drive to one of the highest passes of Kyrgyz Republic – Torugart Pass (5108 m.). After passing the border you’ll be met by Chinese guide and driver and continue your drive to Kashgar. After an amazing road through mountain passes you will arrive to the city. Accommodation in a hotel and rest after a long ride.

Day 4Kashgar

Today we will have a free day in Kashgar. You will have a time to buy everything you need for the expedition.

Optionally: you can make a city tour in the ancient Kashgar city.

Day 5Transfer Kashgar - Idara (200 km., 5-6 hrs.)

After breakfast you will have a drive to Idara – the small village under Muztagh Ata, located just in 1 day trekking to Muztagh Ata Base Camp.

Day 6Idara - Muztagh Ata Base Camp (4450 m.)

After breakfast start the trekking to Muztagh Ata BC (4450 m.). You will have the chance to put your luggage on camels and go on foot to Base Camp.

Days 7-8Acclimatization in Base Camp

As Camp 1 is located on the high altitude area (higher than 5000 m.) you will need a few days to prepare your organism for the altitude. We highly recommend to spend at least 2 days in the Base Camp area for hiking and to get good acclimatization.

Day 9Acclimatization ascent to Camp 1 (5350 m.)

Proper acclimatization is one of the main guarantees of your success in the ascent to any high altitude mountain. Today you’ll hike to Camp 1 (5350 m.) and will have a night on the higher altitude.

Day 10Return to Base Camp (4450 m.)

After the night in Camp 1 you’ll go back to Base Camp to fix the acclimatization process. Rest in Base Camp and preparation for tomorrow climbing.

Day 11Base Camp - Camp 1 (5350 m.)

Early morning you will start you re-ascent to Camp 1 (5350 m.). Night in Camp 1.

Day 12Camp 1 (5350 m.) - Camp 2 (6200 m.)

In the morning you start your ascent to Camp 2 (6200 m.). Night in Camp 2.

Day 13Camp 2 (6200 m.) - Camp 3 (6800 m.)

Today you will have a climbing to Camp 3 (6800 m.). After installing your tent, the rest in the camp. Night in Camp 3.

Day 14Descend to Base Camp (4450 m.)

Early breakfast. Start at 4 A.M. Moving in a rope-team. Rest, drinking hot tea, cooking by yourself in Camp 2.

Day 15Rest day in Base Camp.

Rest day in Base Camp.

Day 16Base Camp - Camp 1.

Today you climb the familiar path to Camp 1.

Day 17Camp 1 - Camp 2.

In the morning start your climb to Camp 2.

Day 18Camp 2 - Camp 3.

Ascent to Camp 3.

Day 19.Muztagh Ata summit (7546 m.) and descend to Camp 2 (6200 m.)

Today is the most important day of the whole expedition – the summit attempt. In the early morning you will start your ascent to the top of Muztagh Ata (7546 m.). After the summiting you will need to return to Camp 2 (6200 m.).

Day 20.Camp 2 - Base Camp.

Descent to Base Camp. Enjoy a well-deserved rest!

Days 21-22Reserve days in case of bad weather.

Reserve days in case of bad weather.

Day 23Base Camp - Kashgar.

Trekking back to Idara village and getting your transport to Kashgar.

Day 24Kashgar - Torugart Pass - Naryn.

After a long drive we will come back to Naryn. Rest in the hotel.

Day 25Naryn - Bishkek.

Drive back to Bishkek.

Day 26Flight back home.

In the morning the driver will take you to Manas International airport. Flight back home.

Price list for Muztagh Ata expedition in 2023
NB! Price depends from the number of people in the group
6-7 persons
8-9 persons
10-11 persons
12-13 persons
14-15 persons
16-17 persons
The cost includes:

Meeting/seeing-off at the airport in Bishkek
Bishkek city tour
Tour leader of the expedition for a group of 10 people and more (deals with organizational issues and helps the group; if you need a mountain guide, then you need to book it separately)
English accompanying guide in Kyrgyzstan and China (!not mountain guide)
All transfers according to the program
Accommodation in 3* hotel in Bishkek (2 nights) and in hotel in Kashgar (2 nights) in Double Rooms
Accommodation in Idara in local family or in tents
Single tents in Base Camp
Climbing permit (NB! If your group have different nationalities in the climbing permit you need to pay additional fee – 230 USD per nationality)
Visa support and all necessary official documents
General liaison-officer from the government
Camels for luggage to BC and back
Meals in Idara and at BC from Day 5 to Day 23
Dinning tent and dinning sets in Base Camp
Ecological fee

The cost doesn’t include:

The cost of Kyrgyz visa (if needed);
International flights;
All optional deviations from the main itinerary;
Lunches and dinners in Kashgar;
Beverages and meals not included in main menu;
High altitude mountain food;
High altitude tents;
All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.);
The services of a mountain guide and porters for ascending/descending.

Additional payment for single supplement in hotels in cities: 200 USD/person
Additional information

About Insurance

Each member of the expedition to Muztagh Ata must necessarily make an insurance policy. First of all, it will help you in case of an incident during your trip.
Basic insurance requirements below:
1. the insurance assistance company must not be a GLOBAL VOYAGER.
2. insurance must include “ALPINISM” (above 7000 m.)
3. host country must be indicated: China (or People’s Republic of China – PRC)
4. the total amount of coverage of the policy is NOT LESS than 30,000 USD
5. the dates of the insurance policy must coincide with the dates of the expedition
6. the insurance policy must cover the “transportation of the injured”. The amount of transportation coverage have to be at least 20,000 USD.

List of the equipment

Please, check the list of the equipment clicking on this text. In the article you will find all needed equipment for Muztagh Ata expedition with a approximate examples.

Guide service

Service of a mountain guide for Muztagh Ata (1 guide for max 5 persons) – 6000 USD for the program

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