Our leader, Jon Christian Otto, and our team-climbing-sherpas, are there to ensure (for our full-service members) you make it up to the summit and down safely. However, this is not a guided expedition (although you could hire your own personal guide, sherpas, etcetera), and team members are expected to be able to care for themselves in a winter-camping environment. Although Mustagh Ata is considered to be an easy and low angle mountain, there are hazards present, and members must have knowledge of roped glacier travel (to protect for crevasse-falls). It is also required that all members will have an awareness of altitude sickness, frostbite, and the recognition of their symptoms, prevention, and treatment.
Ascending above Camp 1, all members must be wearing snowshoes/raquettes, skis, or a split-board (snowboard) and roped to another team member. On descent (above camp 1) all members must be snowshoe-ing/raquetting, skiing, or snowboarding. A minimum of snowshoes are required, but no snowshoe experience is necessary, as it is very easy to learn (a few hours) upon arrival at Mustagh Ata.
Raquettes/snowshoes may be hired by us (we rent these out in Kashgar for $75, £37, €50 with a deposit of: $200, £100, €130) if you do not have your own. If you will be skiing/snowboarding, you should be experts in all forms of mountain terrain. This is no place for a beginner skier or snowboarder.
We welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. We plan to assemble our team members into groups so you should not have to climb alone, although occasionally it may happen. By the way, we are unable to accommodate 'soloists' who are not willing to climb together with other team members or sherpas from our team. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member or sherpa above basecamp if possible. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain.
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