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KONGUR - MUZTAGH-ATA TREK
(14-day variant Kashgar - Kashgar)

This programme is for mountain walkers who want to see the highest peaks of the Kun-Lun Mountains - Kongur (7719 m) and Muztagh-Ata (7546 m), visit a little-known but very beautiful mountain area of the Kongur Alps and traverse the forbidding Karatash River Gorge. The programme is based on a solo trek that was done by Mr. Daniel Waugh in 1996.

Period of the programme: June - September

Variant of the programme:
day 1 - arrival in Kashgar; transfer airport - hotel; hotel accommodation
day 2 - drive along the Karakoram Highway to the trek start point near the mouth of the Tugenmansu River (Kuluk Village, ~10-15 km before the Gez Check Point)
day 3 - trek up with pack-donkeys along the Tugenmansu Valley to the turn to the At Bel Pass (leg 0-1, ~10 km)
day 4 - climb with pack-donkeys the At Bel Pass and descent to the upper part of the Yapchan Valley (leg 1-2, ~10 km)
day 5 - trek with pack-donkeys via a small pass to the Chopkana Valley and then via the Chopkana Pass to the upper part of the Kaying Valley (leg 2-3, ~10 km)
day 6 - trek down with pack-donkeys along the Kaying River to the Karatash Gorge (leg 3-4, ~12 km)
day 7 - trek up with pack-donkeys along the Karatash Gorge to Qimgan Village (leg 4-5, ~20 km)
day 8 - trek up with pack-donkeys along the Karatash River to Qat Village (leg 5-6, ~12 km)
day 9 - trek up with pack-donkeys along the Karatash River (leg 6-7, ~14 km)
day 10 - trek up with pack-donkeys along the Karatash River to the upper part of the Karatash Valley (leg 7-8, ~12 km)
day 11 - climb with pack-donkeys the Karatash Pass and descent to the Ygebali River (leg 8-9, ~13 km)
day 12 - trek down with pack-donkeys along the Kengxuwar River (leg 9-10, ~22 km)
day 13 - trek with pack-donkeys to Subashi / Kongtoyagz Village (leg 10-11, ~10 km); drive to Kashgar; hotel accommodation
day 14 - transfer hotel - airport; departure from Kashgar

Programme prices: see our trips and expeditions summary

Services and expenses included in the programme price:
  • All necessary formalities: Chinese visa invitations, all necessary fees and charges for Xinjiang including an administrative fee, highway and conservation charges, etc
  • Transfers airport - hotel in Kashgar: 2 transfers
  • Bus / jeep for the transportation Kashgar - trek start point near Kuluk Village
  • Bus / jeep for the transportation Subashi / Kongtoyagz Village - Kashgar
  • Pack-donkeys for the whole trekking route (~20 kg of luggage per person for pack-donkeys)
  • Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Kashgar for 2 nights
  • Camping equipment: a big mess tent, tables, stools, a mess kit, gas stoves and a cooking set
  • Meals in Kashgar: 2 breakfasts
  • Meals on the way to / from the mountains: 2 lunches
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek in the mountains for 11 days
  • Chinese cook for cooking during the trek in the mountains
  • Chinese liaison officer-interpreter
  • Expedition manager of Ersh Travels (optionally)
  • Organizing and overhead expenses of Ersh Travels
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