MUZTAGH ATA

  • Country: China
  • Duration: 22 Days (25)
  • Region: Province of Xinjian
  • Max Altitude: 7546 meters
  • Group Size: 6 people
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Major meals included
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Tent
  • Prime Activity: Mountaineering
Trip Price:
USD 6,650 per person
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Highlights of Trip

7000 meters Ski Expedition

  • Discovery of the culture and the tradition of the Uyghur people
  • A stunning 7000-meter peak with magnificent views of the Pamir, K2 and the Karakorum
  • Beautiful scenery of the mountain ranges of Asia (Karakorum range, Pamir, Kun Lun and Tien Shan)
  • Historic city of Kashgar and the remains of the silk route
  • Experience of approaching the Mountain with a caravan of camels
  • Skiing Adventure in the high altitude of the Himalaya
  • Swiss UIAGM Mountain Guide
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and service to a small team of climbers

Trip Overview

MUZTAGH ATA: 7546 meters above sea level: a Unique Experience

Want to ski on the flank of 700m?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a ski ascent of Muztagh Ata . It is also called “Father of Ice Mountains” in the local Uyghur dialect. Which follows the distinct flank south of the rocks dropping to the Kartamak Glacier.

Muztagh Ata is part of the northern ridge of the Tibetan Plateau located in the Xinjiang province in Western China. It is in the center of the great mountain ranges of Asia. Having Karakoram to the south, the Pamir to the west and the Kun Lun and Tien Shan to the north.

THE CLIMBING ROUTE 

The Muztagh Ata has the reputation of being a semi technically straightforward 7000m peak to climb also with the skis and an excellent stepping-stone for those who aspire to climb an 8000m peak. It has only few parts, which are technically difficult, in particular between Camp 1 and Camp 2 due to crevasses, the main part of the ascent being on gentle snow slopes. The high altitude, the strong winds, the cold and the long arduous days require strong stamina . However not be underestimated in this remote and fascinating part of the world.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS

With a combination of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ scheme for a thorough acclimatization process and the clients’ lengthy preparation to arrive with an excellent level of fitness, the chance to get to the Summit of the Muztagh Ata is very likely. Our acclimatization process actually starts from Subash at 3600m, situated at the edge of the Karakorum Highway and part of the ancient silk route and goes on from the Base Camp with the different hikes up and down to our 3 high camps.WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team  welcomes you in the Himalaya. We  organize small groups with high-quality services and security. Which  are essential for flexibility, contentment and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides.  Finally Hospitality to our guest and economy to locals is our aspiration.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : International flight, (to Urumqi (China)

  • Day 2 : Arrival at Urumqi, transfer to Hotel, overnight stay

  • Day 3 : Arrival at Kashgar (1270m)

  • Day 4 : Drive to Subash (3600m), 4 hours

  • Day 5 : Subash to Muztagh Ata Base Camp (4500m), 5 hours

  • Day 6-22 : Acclimatization and climbing period (17 days)

  • Day 23 : Trek back to Subash / Drive to Kashgar (1270m)

  • Day 24 : Domestic flight to Urumqi; overnight stay at Urumqi

  • Day 25 : International flight back

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

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03 Jul, 2018 24 Jul, 2018 USD 6,650 Booking Open Book Now

Price Includes

 

 WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • Organisation of your Expedition
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Kasghar
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in  comfortable hotels, on a sharing basis, including all meals (3 nights). Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • All major shared meals during the Expedition
  • Transportation of the material to/from Base Camp – Subash (by camels)
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (Individual Tent, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent)
  • High altitude Tents (2 people tent) and food
  • Gas and stove for the high camps
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: WYE Sherpa with experience on Muztagh Ata, English local speaking Guide, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging)
  • Liaison Officer, including his costs
  • All necessary climbing permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the mountain, if necessary
  • Weather forecasts
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • First aid kit, with Oxygen
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flight (please contact us for the booking of your international flight)
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Entry visa fee
  • Extra night(s) accommodation due to any reason which is not caused by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal climbing/skiing equipment (possibility to rent snowshoes, please contact us)
  • Donkeys for carrying personal material from Base Camp to Camp 1
  • High altitude porters (until Camp 1)
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Optional sightseeing / trip
  • Tips (Local team, driver, city guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the price.

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on a small group sizes of 6  participants for this trek because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a first aid kit, including a 4-litre Oxygen bottle.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the Expedition by our Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the Expedition runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a Trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our Programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure!

Note: In order to participate to this Expedition, it is fundamental to be autonomous in the mountain environment, to have a very good level of skiing and the necessary experience with crampons on glaciers.

MOUNTAIN & CLIMBING INFORMATION

Muztagh Ata is one of the “easiest” 7000-meter peaks to access the summit from a technical point of view and highest ski mountain in the world. After the first ski ascent, made by an American Expedition led by Ned Gilletee, it gained popularity as a ski mountain due to the fact that the track is generally covered with deep snow and the flank is perfect for skiing without any major threat. A large group of Chinese and Russian climbers did the first successful ascent in 1956 via the west ridge, which has now become the standard route.

We follow this route by setting 3 camps above the Base Camp (4200m) (see also introduction part).

Base Camp

Once the Base Camp is settled and before the first rotation to the higher camps, some rest days are programmed, which are an important part of the acclimatization process, and during which we do a check and test of all our climbing equipment. Some short and easy hikes around the Base Camp, gaining some altitude and then descending again are likely to be beneficial to improve your acclimatization. Between the climbs, we return to the Base Camp to allow our bodies to recover and regain strength with the increased oxygen of the lower altitude and the good food from our kitchen staff. In the meantime, we are checking the weather forecast for a perfect window for the Summit day, for which an early start is programmed.

Base Camp to Camp 1 (5400m), 4-5 hours

The route to Camp 1 goes straight up from Base Camp towards the rocky and sandy slope on the edge of the glacier, which stretches down from the mountain. After a 2-hour ascent, the trail gets to a gravel/rocky part, where the skiers are usually taking the snow slope route that is on the south east of the flank. Camp 1 is set up just beneath of a snow traverse where the rocky part ends. It is a wonderful place with extensive views over pastures, hills, desert, lake Karakul and Mount Kongur Tagh (7649m). Upon request, donkeys might be available to transfer the loads to Camp 1.

Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6150m), 5 hours

From Camp 1, with a steady ascent our route traverses to the west slope, which is sometimes icy and likely to have few crevasses, until we get upon the big serac, which are heading far above Camp 1. After passing through a small valley, our climb confronts a steep section (50 degrees) of about 80 meters. This is the steepest part of the whole route. Within 2 hours from there we reach Camp 2. During our whole Expedition, 2 to 3 rotations are made to Camp 2.

Camp 2 to Camp 3 (6800m), 4-5 hours

From Camp 2 our route goes on through a wide snow plateau, where we set some route marks in order to avoid to get lost in the event the weather changes.

Camp 3 to Summit, and back to Camp 1 (7546m), 8-10 hours

Muztagh Ata is renowned for its strong winds, and the summit day being the longest day, (8-10 hours), we start very early. The route to the Summit is straightforward, with the slope being usually covered with even deeper snow. A gradual ascent brings us to a vast plateau where the small rise of the Summit rock appears.

From the Summit, we enjoy beyond the huge chasm of the east side of the Mountain, the vast emptiness of the Plateau of Central Asia, interrupted only by the high white ridges of Mount Kongur Tagh and the snowy cap peaks of the Pamir’s. By clear conditions, the giant peaks of the Karakoram Range can be seen to the south.

Please note that the climbing route between the high camps is relatively short (4-5 hours), the summit day being the longest day (8-10 hours). Since climbing at this altitude is extremely demanding, you should prepare this Expedition with appropriate previous fitness training.

Grade

MOUNTAINEERING GRADES

Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route.Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, whichmay help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude. Our grading system consistsof 3 levels, which are I, II and III.

MUZTAGH ATA: GRADE II

  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high effi ciency in the altitude, being mentally very-well prepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude.
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and ice axe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine.
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 6000 to 7000-meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in theAlps.
  • Strength: ability to carry an 8-15 kg backpack in the high altitude environments.
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-9 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 10-15 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp.
  • Number of Higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: quite long, sections of nearly 50 to 300 meters with a steepness of 35-55degrees.
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 35-50 degrees.
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections.
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 8250 meters.
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%

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