The Mustag Ata definitely is no secret tip anymore. But it once was for a very long time. And the bottom line is, that i got all the popularity and fame because it truly is a perfect introduction into high mountaineering. He is also quite high. With after all 7.546 m, you are getting very close to the 8.000 m mark. But the biggest advantage is that this mountain lacks most of the objective risks of a high mountain and is technically less complicated, which even offers the opportunity to ascent this mountain via touring skis. Still, the descent is not just pure pleasure, since the altitude makes breathing quite hard and a break after every few turns are necessary to bring the pulse back from the red zone. Nonetheless, the skis are a big advantage and facilitate the descent a lot. For those who feel uneasy with skis we offer the same tour with snowshoes which offers the same pleasurable experience.
We know the Muztag Ata since many years and chose to travel there from Kirghizia. This route proved to be the easiest, fastest and cheapest. With camels, we travel to the base camp and further on over a beautiful, long stretched and to steep ridge straight up to the summit. Early in the season and with a lot of snow left from the winter, you can even ski back to the base camp. But most of the time it is possible to ski at least until Camp 1. 3 camps will be set up, if we are fast we can do it with 2 camps as well.
We are offering this expedition with guide and high camp equipment or as a cheaper “base camp & logistics only” version for independent climbers with own gear.
We recommend the Muztag Ata to all mountaineers who wish to try out a high mountain for the first time, plan a ski expedition or simply have little time or budget.