The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Climbing Muztagata

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
KE Adventure Travel
1 $4,990 camping, tourist hotels

The Route: A difficult 18-day climb by crampon, ski, and snowshoe of the 24,758-foot “Father of All Ice Mountains,” with a three-day drive along the historic Karakoram Highway and a visit to the ancient market town of Kashgar.

When to go: August

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: Its location near a road and its mostly nontechnical terrain make this perhaps the most climber-friendly 7,000-meter peak in the world, though you do need mountaineering experience.

High/low points:

  • Glissading effortlessly down from the summit, after schlepping your equipment to the top.
  • Being held up by Chinese officials at the China/Pakistan border until bribes are exchanged.

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