The Muztagh Ata Climb lies in the centre of the great mountain ranges of Asia, with the Karakoram to the south, the Pamir to the west, Kun Lun and the Tien Shan to the north. The last main settlement before our approach to the mountain is Kashgar, an interesting small town situated on the old Silk Road. Mosques rise above mud-thatched houses and donkey carts still trundle through the many small alleys. It is from here we transfer to Subashi and then on foot to Muztagh Ata Base Camp supported by a caravan of camels.
Muztagh Ata meaning ‘The father of ice mountains’, rises out of China’s vast Takla Makan Desert in the Xinjiang Province of China and provides the opportunity to climb a mountain over 7500m with minimal technical difficulty. For those with the appropriate skills, it is often used as a stepping stone to an 8000m peak which could include Everest.
To Climb Muztagh Ata involves establishing three camps en route above Base Camp, the snow line being just above camp 1 at 5400m. The most technical sections will be encountered on the move to camp 2 above 6000m. The summit day, although technically straight forward, will feel exhausting as a result of the extreme altitude, so a good level of fitness is essential. Given a clear day, you will be rewarded, with tremendous views of the Pamir, the Karakoram and K2.
Previous experience should include a 6000m peak and confident use of ice axe and crampons.
The expedition will be led by one of our experienced British High Altitude leaders. Camels are used for the approach into base camp and pack mules to camp 1. Porters carry the group equipment (tent, stoves and fuel) above camp 1 to the high camps.