FINNISH KUN-LUN - 2007 EXPEDITION
In July - August our Finnish Kun-Lun - 2007 Expedition worked in the mountains
the South part of the Muztagh-Ata Range
. This area includes
a lot of very interesting peaks of 5000 - 6000 m and above
but before our expedition this region was almost unexplored and unknown for
climbers. Only one Russian team of Andrey Lebedev visited these mountains: in
2002 they did a hard trek, crossed the Muztagh-Ata Range and descended along
the Kokosel Glacier and in 2005 they did a traverse of peaks 6841 - 6858, the
other peaks were unclimbed.
Our expedition arrived there at the beginning of August. We investigated areas of the Kokosel, Koktak and Salawor glaciers and found a lot of virgin peaks with amazing snow-ice slopes and rock walls. It was impossible for us to climb all those peaks, for our climbs we chose several remarkable mountains and did 1st ascents of peaks 6355, 6013, 6046 and 6045 .
28.07.-01.08.2007 - Arrival in Kashgar; shopping; checking equipment and preparation. Andrey Ershov and Kong Baocun did a reconnaissance drive to the mountains and found a good start point for trekking to Base Camp.
02.-04.08.2007 - Drive along the Karakoram Highway to Rijek Village (3483 m); acclimatization walks near the village; trek with donkeys (about 5 hours) to the place of Base Camp (4462 m).
05.-10.08.2007 - Acclimatization and reconnaissance of the climbing areas of the Kokosel and Koktak glaciers. Several days of bad weather with snowfalls.
11.-15.08.2007 - Hard trek to the upper plateau (5535 m) of the Kokosel Glacier. The 1st ascent of Peak 6355 on 13.08.2007 (Lauri Hamalainen and Henri Arjanne) and the 1st ascent of Peak 6013 on 14.08.2007 (Teemu Saarikivi, Lauri Hamalainen, Henri Arjanne, Kalle Berg, Mikko Piironen, Veli-Matti Helke, Rauno Ravantti and Andrey Ershov). A couple of days of not very good weather.
16.-19.08.2007 - Bad weather with snowfalls and unsuccessful attempts to climb peaks 6046 and 6045.
20.-24.08.2007 - The 1st ascent of Peak 6046 on 22.08.2007 (Lauri Hamalainen and Henri Arjanne) and the 1st ascent of Peak 6045 on 23.08.2007 (Veli-Matti Helke, Rauno Ravantti and Mikko Piironen); reconnaissance of the climbing area of the Salawor Glacier by Teemu Saarikivi and Kalle Berg.
25.-27.08.2007 - Rest at Base Camp and coming back to Kashgar.
28.-31.08.2007 - Rest in Kashgar and departure from Xinjiang.
Panoramas of the mountains of the South part of the Muztagh-Ata Range from the South-West
Peaks climbed by the Finnish Kun-Lun - 2007 Expedition
Muztagh-Ata and surrounding mountains
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