- Above 7,000 meters peaks
- Airfare included
- Family friendly
- Karakoram Highway
- Karakoram Range
- Meals included
Muztagh Ata, or Muztagata (Uyghur: مۇز تاغ ئاتا, literally “ice-mountain-father”; Chinese: 慕士塔格峰; pinyin: Mùshìtǎgé Fēng), is the second highest (7509 metres)of the mountains which form the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau (not the second highest of the mountains of the Tibetan Plateau). Muztagh Ata is sometimes regarded as being part of the Kunlun Shan, although physically it is more closely connected to the Pamirs. It is also one of the relatively easier 7,000 m peaks in the world to climb, due to its gentle western slope and the comparatively drier weather of Xinjiang, though a thorough acclimatization period and a very strong physical condition are crucial for success.
Muztagh Ata means in local language Kazakh and Uigur, both are Turkish dialects. The massif of Muztagh Ata lies in the Kunlun Shan range on the high plateau in Western China, where nomadic herders line and tend their roving flocks. It is a huge mountain-massive, which consists of two summits, one of them is 7546m high and other is 7130m. The distance between them is 2 km. This program gives possibility to ascent both summits from the same Base Camp of Muztagh Ata. It takes 15-20 days to main summit according to the professional level of participants. It is second highest peak in this range and world’s easiest peak in above 7500 meters. Trek to the Base Camp sets us up for the climb and allows us to experience the diversity of the landscape and its people.
First tries to climb Muztagh Ata were made in 1894 by Swedish geographers Sven Hedin from the West. In his two attempts he reached same altitude of 6300m. The first historic ascent of the Muztagh Ata summit had been realized in 1956 by Soviet-China expedition led by Eugene Beletsky following the route outlined by Hedin. In 1980 an American group was allowed to climb and ski, they broke world female record an altitude ski. This is only ski peak in the world in 7500m. Following them there were many expeditions from all over the world is crowed with success so far.
Muztagh Ata is one of the 50 highest peaks on earth and occupies an isolated location on the western edge of China’s Xinjiang Province. The approach to the mountain is by crossing the Khunjerab Pass. With the standard route following the gently-angled southwest slopes, the mountain presents no great technical problems and success will depend on good weather conditions and a good program of acclimatization. It’s not just a mountaineering expedition, but also an epic journey into Central Asia, including a visit to Kashgar. This is the perfect trip for those who want to test themselves at altitude.
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