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KONGUR EXPEDITION
(45-day variant Bishkek - Bishkek, Bonington Route from South-West)

Kongur (7719 m), the main summit of the Kongur-Tagh Massif, is the highest peak of the Kun-Lun Mountains. Situated in the Western Kun-Lun not far from the Karakoram Highway, the mountain is easily approached from Karakul Lake (from the south-west) but its steep snow-ice and rock slopes, ribs and ridges are very difficult and dangerous for climbing.

The first successful ascent of Kongur was done by a very strong British team of Chris Bonington in 1981. Their first attempt was done from the south-west along the South Ridge but finally they reached the summit via the Kongur Col.


Period of the programme: June - September

Variant of the programme:
day 1 - arrival in Bishkek (in the morning); drive to Tash-Rabat, 10-12 hours; yurt accommodation
day 2 - drive to the Torugart Pass, 3-4 hours; crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border; drive to Kashgar, 3 hours; hotel accommodation
day 3 - shopping in Kashgar; drive to Karakul Lake, 4 hours; yurt accommodation
day 4 - walk with pack-camels to the Kongur Base Camp (4800 m), 8-9 hours
day 5/39 - acclimatization and ascent of Kongur (7719 m) along the Bonington Route from the South-West, 35 days
day 40 - walk with pack-camels to Karakul Lake; yurt accommodation
day 41 - drive to Kashgar; hotel accommodation
day 42 - Kashgar city tour
day 43 - drive to the Torugart Pass; crossing the China-Kyrgyzstan border; drive to Tash-Rabat; yurt accommodation
day 44 - drive to Bishkek; hotel accommodation
day 45 - transfer hotel - airport; departure from Bishkek

Programme prices: see our trips and expeditions summary

Services and expenses included in the programme price:
  • All necessary permits and formalities for Kyrgyzstan and China: Kyrgyz and Chinese visa invitations, registration in Kyrgyzstan, all necessary fees and charges for Xinjiang including a peak registration fee, an administrative fee, highway and conservation charges, etc
  • Bus/jeep for the transportation Bishkek - Kashgar - Karakul Lake and back and special payment for crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border with bus/jeep
  • Pack-camels for the luggage transportation Karakul Lake - Kongur Base Camp and back
  • Transfer hotel - airport in Bishkek
  • Yurt accommodation at Tash-Rabat for 2 nights
  • Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Bishkek for 1 night
  • Yurt accommodation at Karakul Lake for 2 nights
  • Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Kashgar for 3 nights
  • City tour in Kashgar for 1 day
  • Base camp equipment: a big mess tent, tables, stools, a mess kit, gas stoves and a cooking set
  • Meals in Kyrgyzstan: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Meals in Kashgar: 3 breakfasts
  • Meals at Base Camp and during the trek for 20 days
  • Chinese cook for cooking in the Base Camp
  • Chinese liaison officer-interpreter
  • Expedition manager of Ersh Travels (optionally)
  • Organizing and overhead expenses of Ersh Travels
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