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KONGUR-TIUBE EXPEDITION
(30-day variant Bishkek - Bishkek, Route from South-West)

Kongur-Tiube (7595 m), one of the summits of the Kongur-Tagh Massif, is the second highest peak of the Western Kun-Lun. Although only 49 metres higher than Muztagh-Ata, Kongur-Tiube is more challenging with its steep snow-ice slopes, complicated terrain and a very high altitude. Not more than 10 expeditions have successfully climbed the mountain since the first ascent in 1956.

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; (L, D)
day 2 - drive to the Torugart Pass, 3-4 hours; crossing the Kyrgyzstan-China border; drive to Kashgar, 3 hours; hotel accommodation; (B)
day 3 - shopping in Kashgar; drive to Karakul Lake, 4 hours; yurt accommodation; (B, D)
day 4 - walk with pack-camels to the Kongur-Tiube Base Camp (4800 m), 8-9 hours; (B, L, D)
day 5/6 - acclimatization walks around the Base Camp area; (B, L, D)
day 7 - Base Camp - Camp 1 (5600 m); (B)
day 8 - Camp 1 - Base Camp; (L, D)
day 9/10 - rest days; (B, L, D)
day 11 - Base Camp - Camp 1; (B)
day 12 - Camp 1 - Camp 2 (6400 m)
day 13 - Camp 2 - Base Camp; (L, D)
day 14/16 - rest days; (B, L, D)
day 17 - Base Camp - Camp 1; (B)
day 18 - Camp 1 - Camp 2
day 19 - Camp 2 - Camp 3 (7200 m)
day 20 - Camp 3 - summit of Kongur-Tiube (7595 m) - Camp 3
day 21 - Camp 3 - Base Camp; (L, D)
day 22/24 - reserve days for the bad weather; (B, L, D)
day 25 - walk with pack-camels to Karakul Lake; yurt accommodation; (B, L, D)
day 26 - drive to Kashgar; hotel accommodation; (B)
day 27 - Kashgar city tour; (B)
day 28 - drive to the Torugart Pass; crossing the China-Kyrgyzstan border; drive to Tash-Rabat; yurt accommodation; (B, D)
day 29 - drive to Bishkek; hotel accommodation; (B, L)
day 30 - transfer hotel - airport; departure from Bishkek (in the morning)

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-Tiube 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 (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Meals in Kashgar: 3 breakfasts (B)
  • Meals at Base Camp and during the trek: 16 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L), 16 dinners (D)
  • 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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