Ski Mountaineering Expedition in the At-Bash Mountain Range Kyrgyzstan, April 2-13, 2017

During the previous 2016 expedition, succeeded in reaching two over-4000 summits, which were named Choku Chichibel (ЧОKУ ЧИЧИБЭЛ, 4159 m, N41.15466 E76.27036) and Choku Kiara (ЧОKУ KИAPA, 4016 m, N41.09064 E76.01932), in the days April 8 and 10, respectively, we realized that these mountains are very suitable for a ski mountaineering approach. However, daily ascents only allowed us to attain the outermost elevations, while an advanced camp is required in order to reach the most prominent summits, which are located far in the heart of the chain. Indeed, for the 2017 campaign we agreed with the logistic agency that a yurt camp was the best choice and it would be erected for five days in one of the most promising valleys, namely the Tuyuk Bogoshti, whose stream flows into the At-Bashi river in proximity of the village of Birinchi May. Due to the abundant snow, much more than we had found in 2016, installing the camp with horses to transport the materials revealed to be harder than expected: therefore, it was placed at the elevation of 2400 m instead of the programmed 2800 m.

At-Bashi skialp exploration in the XXI century

From an early age I have had a fascination for exploring and this has become a permanent feature in my DNA as a mountaineer. In more recent years I have become a great enthusiast of mountain biking trips and ski touring. For me, life is too short to be able to visit all the places I'd like to know and experience. After many backcountry ski trips to snow-covered areas all over the world my friend Roger and I began to look for something different and unusual, a new and refreshing challenge. After bandying around various proposals we finally agreed. At-Bash, a virtually unknown name, as far as we were concerned, would be our chosen destination.

Ski Dans La Vallee D’ak-Suu / Kirghistan

Comment poser des mots sur un voyage dont l’intensité est proche de 100 % à tous moments et en tous lieux ! Certes le Kirghistan est en Asie central, mais les connexions et le décalage horaire permet de ne perdre aucun jour de ski… Un déplacement digne de ce nom, car l’enchaînement de 8 heures de bus après les 9 heures de vols internationaux, entame un peu les machines… Mais que cela tienne, l’après-midi passé sur les pistes de Karacol, 24 heures après avoir quitté la Suisse, est une excellente mise en jambe… Une nuit totalement méritée avant 17 kilomètres de ski tracté par des motos neige, est nécessaire, pour apprécier l’arrivée au “camp de base” des Yourtes.

Mountaineering regions of Kyrgyzstan

Mountains cover 95% of the territory of Kyrgyzstan and 40% of those are above 3,000 meters high. There are many regions where the foot of climber has never stepped. In Kyrgyzstan such regions as high vertical walls or 5,000 meters and over mountains are well explored. Anything besides aforementioned is not of any interest for climbers, especially if it’s lower than 4,000 m. Thousands of accessible and gorgeous summits are still virgin.
 There are 7 well known and explored mountainous regions in Kyrgyzstan. Four of them are located in Tien-Shanand three are in Pamir. But no one knows how many unexplored or not very well studied regions there still are. Easy access and spectacular summits determine interest to a region and its development.

New Peaks Climbed in the Western Kokshaal-Too

The eastern (Dankova) and western (Kizil Asker; see the September 17 NewsWire regarding this peak's recently climbed east face) sectors of the Western Kokshaal-too have been explored by a number of (non-CIS) climbing parties. Since a French-German team traveled to the Dankova region in 1996 and an Anglo-American-German party to the Kizil Asker area in 1997, several recent teams have been investigating the little known central section.

Summary Report The British West Mustabbes Expedition 2013

After an eventful 3 day journey from Bishkek, we finally set up base camp at around 3800m on the right-hand branch of the Mustabbes River. On its return from collecting another team, our truck was lost in the Ak Say River – completely submerged in quicksand – Sergei, our driver only just escaping in time.

Expedition to the Western Kokshaal-Too 2005

In July-August 2005 Paul Knott, Grant Piper, and Graham Rowbotham made an exploratory climbing trip to the remote central part of the Western Kokshaal-Too range on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China.