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Inylchek Glacier to Khan Tengri

Inylchek Glacier to Khan Tengri

Inylchek Glacier to Khan Tengri Overview

An incredible trek beneath dazzling 7,000m peaks, right into the heart of the Tien Shan.

This trek is an exploration of the valleys and glaciers leading to the impressive peaks of Pobeda (7,439m) and Khan Tengri (7,010m), the two highest peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range.

The adventure begins with sightseeing in the old Cossack town of Karakol before heading off on trek along the banks of the Inylchek river in beautiful At Jailoo gorge. There will be glaciers to cross and streams to wade before we arrive at Merzbacher Lake, named for the Austrian explorer, Dr. Gottfried Merzbacher who was the first person to attempt to reach Khan Tengri in 1902. The lake lies at the junction of the north and south Inylichek glaciers and is remarkable because twice a year it part-empties through melt channels in the glacier.

Our trek continues through truly wild terrain along glaciers and glacial moraine until we arrive at South Inylchek Base Camp, the very heart of the Tien Shan. An exciting helicopter ride carries us back down to greener pastures on the shores of geothermal lake Issyk Kul. A stop at an Old Silk Road trading point and a sightseeing tour of Bishkek bring this excellent adventure to a close.

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