Our full-service expedition includes:
What is not included?
Our basic climb includes:
1) Arrive in Kashgar. Check equipment and group briefing.
2) Departure from Kashgar to Subashi
3) Walk to base camp, 4,500 meters (14,764 feet).
4) Rest day in base camp.
5) Climb to Camp 1, 5,300 meters (17,388 feet). Sleep at base camp.
6) Climb to Camp 1. Spend the night at camp 1.
7) Climb to Camp 2, 6,100 meters (20,013 feet).Sleep in base camp.
8) Rest day in base camp.
9) Climb to camp 1. Spend the night in camp 1.
10) Climb to camp 2. Spend the night there.
11) Climb to camp 3, 6,800 meters (22,310 feet). Sleep in base camp.
12) Rest day in base camp.
13) Climb to camp 1. Spend the night there.
14) Climb to Camp 2.Spend the night there.
15) Summit attempt or move to Camp 3. Spend the night there.
16) Summit attempt, 7,546 meters (24,751 feet).
17) Summit / contingency day.
18) Summit / contingency day.
19) Summit / contingency day.
20) Descent to base camp.
21) Drive to Kashgar - Farewell party in Kashgar
22) Flight home
* We ascend directly to 4,500 meter high basecamp. We offer two acclimatization programs: 1) If you arrive 2 days early, you can stay in yurts near Idara for trekking 2) If you arrive 4 days early in Bishkek, we plan two days around the beautiful historic site of Tash Rabat. Both are located at 3,000 meters
Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma.
Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
Team members are expected to be able to care for themselves in a winter-camping environment. Although Mustagata is considered to be an easy and low angle mountain, there are hazards present, and members must have knowledge of roped glacier travel. It is also required that all members will have an awareness of altitude sickness, frostbite, and the recognition of their symptoms, prevention, and treatment.
To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.
Team at High camp with thier skies. Photo Squash
Cost: $255 (minimum 4 members)
Cost includes transportation, meals, 2 nights in a hotel, local guide, and entrance fees.
Day 1: Arrive in Kashgar
Day 2:After breakfast, we make the drive to the base of Shipton’s Arch. This gigantic arch is known to the local people as TushukTash (“Hole Rock”) and is possibly the largest natural arch in the world. To reach the arch, our jeeps ramble up dry streambeds to the base of Kara Tagh, a small rocky range near Kashgar. We then venture on foot through slot canyons, and make one final climb up to a small col where we can view the entire arch.
Day 3:This morning we will meander through the labyrinth of Kashgar’s old town and step back into time. We will explore narrow alleyways lined with ancient mud packed houses, woodworking shops, noodle shops, pottery shops, bakeries, and much more. We will see traditional craftsman making copper pots by hand and visit the local markets. This exotic outdoor emporium teems with vibrancy beyond comparison.
We wil explore the Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar’s main religious center and architectural monument. Built in 1422, the Id Kah Mosque is in the center of town and surrounded by lively open-air markets.We stop for lunch at a local Uygur restaurant that has some of the best lamb pull-noodles, shish kabob and yogurt in Kashgar.
After lunch, we drive to Kashgar's famous Sunday market. Donkey carts clog the entrance to the live-stock market which hosts sheep, yaks, camels, and donkeys. The market boasts thousands of small stalls selling large swaths of colorful cloth, scarfs, wooden handicrafts, musical instruments, ornamented knives, donkey cart wheels, bicycle parts,, Uygur traditional hats, and much more.
For dinner we meet up with the rest of the team for our welcome dinner.
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Summit of Mustagata.
"The leader's personality, experience and competence were a key component to the success of this expedition. The logistics and service were good, with a pleasant staff always ready to help and do their best to make our trip run smoothly. We enjoyed the group of international members that came on the expedition and everybody was very respectful with a good sense of humour. SummitClimb provided fast and effective responses by email before the trip, helping us to be well prepared and reassured."
Here is what Kristine from Pennsylvania says:"Mustagata was a blast. The expedition leader was great, as he knows the language and the culture well. I loved that we took a different route than the other trips."
Here is what Arun from California says:"The Summitclimb leadership was excellent on the trip, with the leader acting as a mentor to many of the team members. They worked tirelessly to make this trip as perfect as possible for all of us. The Chinese staff were kind and caring, taking good care of us at BC and on the mountain. The organizers in Kashgar were outstanding and extremely efficient. I hope to join SummitClimb on future adventures."
Here is what summiter Gary from New Mexico says:
"Mustagata is an excellent exposure to very high altitude without requiring excessive commitment or extensive technical climbing skills. It makes for a great test before trying something higher. It's also a chance to see really interesting people and cultures that you wouldn't experience on a Himalayan climb in the "typical" areas of Nepal or Tibet. Finally, it's a chance for some great snowshoeing/raquetting, snowboarding and skiing in an amazing location.
The Tibetan sherpas were really great. I've climbed before with Nepalese sherpas, and these Tibetan guys were certainly their equal when it came to their strength, work ethic, and all around helpfulness. They genuinely seemed to have a good time, with infectious smiles. I'd climb again with them any time."
Here is what summiter Urs from Switzerland had to say:
"Overall it was a great experience. Technically it was very easy. For competent off-piste mountain skiiers and snowboarders, I would recommend skis or split board over raquettes/snow shoes, as the way down is very breathtaking.
The challenge of Mustagata is certainly the altitude, rather than the technicality of the terrain. It's more challenging than easy two day or week-long climbs like Island Peak or Kilimanjaro."