On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Normally international flights into Almaty arrive late in the evening. If you wish to arrive prior to day one please discuss with your World Expeditions reservations consultant.
After an early breakfast transfer to Karkara BC. En-route we make a visit to the Berkutchi (eagle hunting) Museum. Golden Eagle hunting is one of the oldest methods of hunting for food. Central Asian ancestors in the Eurasian steppes mastered the art of eagle hunting several thousand years ago, in the Andronov age. Eagle hunting was mainly practiced in the northern and central regions of Kazakhstan, while in the south hunters preferred to use hawks and falcons. Each bird was intended to hunt a particular type of animal, golden eagles usually catch corsacs and hares. The stronger, well-trained eagles proved useful for hunting hoofed animals and even wolves.
200km east of Almaty lies the Charyn Canyon. In close proximity to the Chinese border it is part of the Charyn National Park, established in 2004. The canyon stretches 154kms along the Charyn River in the northern Tian Shan mountain range. A strikingly beautiful place, the canyon is known for it's unusual rock formations and bares semblance to some of the great canyons found in western USA. Finally we arrive in base camp and begin preparations for the coming acclimatisation days.
An important day to commence acclimatisation process as we attempt an ascent of Bas Karkara Peak. The climb is a reasonably straight forward one and the higher we are able to get the better for acclimatisation purposes.
Today an exhilarating helicopter ride takes us breathtakingly close to the mountains as we make our transfer to our BC for the remainder of the expedition.
Gear checks will be carried out today with your leader, and a briefing of the days to come.
Commence acclimatisation on Khan Tengri. We take 2 days to reach camp 2, stopping and sleeping in camp 1 overnight.
Climb to Chapayev Peak shoulder & return to camp 2 for overnight.
With our acclimatisation process now complete we retrace our steps back to base camp. 2 days are set aside for rest and final preparations before commencing our summit attempt on Khan Tengri.
After a good 2 days rest in base camp we are finally ready to make our attempt on Khan Tengri. If the group are moving well we will go all the way to camp 2 today, allowing us more contingency time for the summit attempt. Weather will be a major factor in our decision making from this point, and your leader will keep you informed and fully briefed on the days ahead.
From camp 2 we climb through the shoulder which is our previous high point, and descend to 6000m to our camp. Camp 3 is usually set in a snow cave which accommodates approx. 10 people. Using snow caves reduces the amount of gear we need to carry and is a common strategy on Khan Tengri, but just in case snow cave is not an option we will bring our tents with local guide support.
We are now in position to make our attempt on the summit of Khan Tengri. If the weather agrees we can make our summit bid straight away, if however, we encounter adverse weather conditions we have allowed an extra 2-3 days in our itinerary to be flexible and sit out the weather if necessary. On the descent we will most likely plan to return to camp 3 from the summit, and then camp 2 the following day. Final day will see us descend from camp 2 to base camp and a well earned shower and hot meal!
All going well we leave Khan Tengri BC by charter helicopter today. The spectacular flight over the mountains is another unforgettable experience on a most memorable and rewarding expedition in Central Asia.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for onward arrangements.