Lenin Peak 7134m

Best season:
July - August

Mountaineering Expedition

Best season: July - August

 

Route description:

Lenin Peak, 7134m, Pamir mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Lenin Peak (7,134m) is one of easiest of the World peaks over 7000m. It’s situated in Zaalaisky Range of Pamir mountains on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. There is in biggest City of the region Osh International Airport. There is a 290 km road from Osh City to the Base Camp (BC) in Achiktash region. It goes via Osh – Gulcha village – Taldyk pass – Sary–Tash village – Kashka-Suu village – Achiktash district. 255 km of 290 are paved highway and 35 km is gravel road. Travel time by car is about 5-7 hours. At 2018 is Anniversary jubilee of 90 years first ascent. At 2018 July will be held by Kyrgyz Alpine Club Mountaineering Festival consecrate of the event .

Route description.

BC. 3600m – ABCamp, 4300m.

It is possible to get from BC to Lukovaya polyana (onion glade) by foot or by car (6 km). From Lukovaya Glade the trail goes southwest along the rocky ridge up to the Puteshestvennikov pass (Travellers’ pass). The ascent takes about 1 – 1.5h. Further the trail goes downhill for 15-20 min and then for about 30-60 min it goes along the same ridge with a slight climb up to the crossing point. The crossing of the river is usually not a problem in the morning when the water level is not high and it is possible to cross by jumping over the stones. However, in the hot afternoon the water level is increasing and river crossing can become very difficult and dangerous. After the river the trail follows for 1.5 – 2 h on the moraines till ABCamp. In total it takes about 3-5 hours to get from BC till ABC.

АВС, 4300m – Camp 1 (С1), 5200m.

The trail to Camp 1 first goes in direction to the centre of the northern slope of Lenin peak then up to Lenin glacier and follows up to the beginning of ascent. This part of the glacier and moraines is rather flat. There are some scours and cracks which can be easily avoided. It takes about 45-60 min from ABC to the beginning of the ascent. The ascent follows icy northern slopes covered with ice with the angle of 15º -30º which at some parts become 40º. There are some deep wide crevasses which can be traversed. Narrow cracks can be jumped over or crossed by the snow bridges. After this part of the trail the path goes along the slope into syncline (5000m) and further along the slope in southwest and west direction into C1. Starting from the ascent and up to C1 it is necessary to proceed in rope team. The ascent time is 5-9 hours.

C1 (5200m) – C2, Razdelnaia (6148m)

From C1 the ascent goes to the left of rocks up to the shoulder of the range to Razdelnaia. The steepness of the slope is 15º-30º. C2 is situated on the left side in 100 meters from the Razdelnaya summit. The ascent takes up to 4-7 hours.

С2 (Razdelnaia). 6148m – the Lenin peak, 7134 m – С2.

Taking the climbers have good acclimatization it usually takes 1 day to hike from C1 up to the summit and back. First there is a short descent to the saddle between Razdelnaya and C3 of Lenin peak range. The ascent goes from the ridge up the snowy slope with occasional access to the rocks and narrow flat ridge up to the summit. To guarantee the successful ascent usually C3 is set up here at the altitude of 6400m. Further the trail takes up the ridge to the narrow 100m long ascent with 20º-30º steepness called “the knife”.

It is compulsory to use harness at this stage. Follow the ridge up to the pre-summit plateau (6900-7000m) and continue up to the summit along the flat snowy slopes and scree. Tour in the shape of Lenin bust is located a little bit lower of the summit, which is 100 m to southeast. The descent follows the acsent trail. It is strongly recommended for ascent to start off from C2 as early as possible, not later than 5 am. The time of ascent and descent is 10-14 hours.

Ascent tactics.

Technically the route is not difficult, but summiting depends on the choice of tactics. Among the main difficulties and hazards are the altitude, crevasses, avalanches and bad weather. Proper acclimatization becomes of the main significance. Climbing experience of the Lenin peak proves that the most appropriate acclimatization is 2 goes with 1-2 nights in C1 and C2 and descend to the BC for good rest.

The ascent during acclimatization should be consecutive to the increasing altitude. Acclimatization hikes should start very early – before 5 am. Start from C2 to summit is recommended don’t later 3 AM.

Acclimatization is often combined with transporting and setting up of intermediate camps. If mountaineers lack climbing experience at the altitude it is strongly recommended to go on acclimatization climbs with experienced mountain guides or instructors. Also if climbers do not feel confident in their strength and experience it is advised to set up additional camp at the altitude of 6400m.

Safety.

Among the technical skills ensuring safety there are command of the language and skills on eliminating and minimizing different hazardous factors of the ascent. These are the following:

1) ice crevasses from ABC to C1 which require skills of climbing in rope team on the glaciers, crossing snow bridges over the crevasses, conducting search and rescue with disposed equipment and skills on self-rescue from crevasses;

2) skills of identifying avalanche hazard, crossing of the avalanche-prone slopes, search in avalanche, skills on operating avalanche trackers;

3) transportation of the injured person using disposed equipment;

4) first aid skills. For ensuring the effective search and rescue operation it is necessary to register with the relevant rescue company (www.rescue.centralasia.kg ) at least 1 month before the climbing and also possess the proper insurance policy (up to EUR30000) covering possible rescue works.

 

 

Scheme of standard program Bishkek-Bishkek

Days

Itinerary

Accommodatio

1.

International flight to Bishkek.

-

2.

Arrival in Bishkek. Morning Domestic Flight to Osh.

3* Hotel

3.

Transfer Osh - Achik-Tash Base Camp (3700m).

Base Camp Tents

4-18.

Acclimatization, climbing (15 days).

 

19.

Transfer from Achik-Tash Base Camp to Osh.

3* Hotel

20.

Domestic Flight to Bishkek. Transfer to Hotel.

3* Hotel

21.

International flight from Bishkek.

-

 

Scheme of standard program Osh-Osh

Days

Itinerary

Accommodation

1.

International flight to Osh (directly from Russia and China).

-

2.

Arrival in Osh. Transfer Osh - Achik-Tash Base Camp (3700m).

Base Camp Tents

3-17.

Acclimatization, climbing (15 days).

 

18.

Transfer from Achik-Tash Base Camp to Osh.

3* Hotel

19.

Departure by morning flight.

-

Note: Duration of programme can be changed by request. 

Conditions and notes:

  • Prices are valid for groups booked and fully paid 8 weeks before arrival or earlier. In the case of late booking and payment (less than 8 weeks) an extra charge of US$70 per person is charged for formalities.
  • For individuals and groups of up to 4 climbers transport from Osh to Base Camp and from Base Camp to Osh is provided on a shared basis and the day of transfer is variable depending on demand. The departure schedule of transfers should be reconfirmed with ITMC in advance. In rare cases for those who book arrival before July 15th or departure after August 20th an extra day in Osh or in Base Camp may be required.
  • Climbers are responsible for providing their own personal mountaineering gear and for choosing their own tactics for ascent.
  • Kyrgyz Airlines operating domestic flights Bishkek-Osh reserve the right to change airfares without prior notice (ITMC has no control over this and is not responsible for any changes or inconvenience incurred).
  • The Domestic Flight baggage allowance is 15kg per person, overweight  in excess of this is charged at US$1/kg.
  • If expedition groups prefer to send mountaineering gear/equipment to Bishkek or Osh in advance, ITMC can arrange customs clearance and provide delivery to Osh. Please contact ITMC directly for further detail..
  • Climbers must have medical insurance with a minimum cover of US$40,000

Prices 2020

Standard program Bishkek-Bishkek (21 days): USD 1050 per person

Discount for group of 5 people or more - USD 50 per person

Standard program Osh-Osh (19 days): USD 900 per person

Discount for groups of 5 people or more -USD 50 per person 

Budget program: USD 300 per person 

Discount for groups of 5 people or more -USD 50 per person

Super Budget program: USD 150 per person

 

Services included in standard package  Bishkek-Bishkek (USD 1050):

  • Visa support (if required)
  • Registration with the passport department OVIR (if required)
  • Border permit and delivery of the permit to Osh or Base Camp
  • Registration with local Rescue Service
  • Certificate of ascent issued by the Kyrgyz Alpine Club
  • RDomestic flight Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek (Return)
  • Airport transfers in Osh
  • Transfers Osh - Achik-Tash (Base Camp) - Osh *)
  • Airport transfers in Bishkek on outward travel
  • Accommodation:
  •  --in Bishkek: Hotel 3* - for 1 night (including breakfast)        
  • --in Osh: Hotel 3* – for 2 nights (excluding breakfast)
  • --in Base Camp: tents on double sharing basis + warm mattresses
  •  --in Advanced Base Camp: tents on double sharing basis
  • Full board in Base Camp (3700m)
  • Full board in Advanced Base Camp (4200m)
  • Summer Shower in Base Camp
  • Outdoor toilet
  • Storage service
  • Electricity supply / Solar panels in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp to charge batteries
  • Mess tent / Yurt in Base Camp (3700m) & Advanced Base Camp (4200m)
  • Ascent / Route consultation with experienced Guides
  • Assistance with changing departure dates of air tickets. (This does not include fees charged by the Airline, these must be paid by the client) 

Services included in standard package  Osh-Osh (USD 900):

  • Visa support (if required)
  • Registration with the passport department OVIR (if required)
  • Border permit and delivery of the permit to Osh or Base Camp
  • Registration with the local Rescue Service
  • Certificate of ascent issued by the Kyrgyz Alpine Club
  • Airport transfers in Osh
  • Transfers Osh - Achik-Tash (Base Camp) - Osh
  • Accommodation:
  • --in Osh: Guest House - 1 night excluding breakfast
  • --in Base Camp: tents on double sharing basis + warm mattresses
  • --in Advanced Base Camp: tents on double sharing basis
  • Full board in Base Camp (3700m)
  • Full board in Advanced Base Camp (4200m)
  • Summer Shower in Base Camp
  • Outdoor toilet
  • Storage service
  • Electricity supply / Solar panels in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp to charge batteries
  • Mess tent / Yurt in Base Camp (3700m) & Advanced Base Camp (4200m)
  • Ascent / Route consultation with experienced Guides
  • Assistance with changing departure dates of air tickets. (This does not include fees charged by the Airline, these must be paid by the client)  

Services included in budget package  (USD 300):

  • Visa support (if required)
  • Registration with the passport department OVIR (if required)
  • Border permit and delivery of the permit to Osh or Base Camp
  • Registration with the local Rescue Service
  • Certificate of ascent issued by the Kyrgyz Alpine Club
  • Airport transfers in Osh
  • Transfers Osh - Achik-Tash (Base Camp) - Osh
  • Accommodation:
  • - - in Base Camp: climber’s own tents 
  • - - in Advanced Base Camp: climber’s own tents 
  • Outdoor toilet
  • Storage service
  • Electricity supply / Solar panels in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp to charge batteries
  • Ascent / Route consultation with experienced Guides

Services included in super budget package  (USD 150):

  • Border permit and delivery of the permit to Osh or Base Camp
  • Accommodation:
  • - - in Base Camp: climber’s own tents 

     - - in Advanced Base Camp: climber’s own tents 

  • Outdoor toilet
  • Storage service
  • Electricity supply / Solar panels in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp to charge batteries

NB: Prices are valid for groups booked and paid 8 weeks before arrival or earlier. In case of late booking and payment (less than 8 weeks before arrival) extra charges for formalities of US$ 70 per person are applied.

 

Services available at extra cost (not included in standard programs)

  • Transfer / flight from Almaty to Bishkek and Osh.
  • Domestic return flight Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek  US$ 100 Return  .  

NB:Kyrgyz Airlines reserves the right to change air fares without prior notice (ITMC has no control over or responsibility for this). 

  • Accommodation in Bishkek:
  • 3* Hotel, Standard Twin/Double room US$ 70-85, Standard Single room US$ 60-75 incl. Breakfast

    Note: Prices for 2*, 4*, 5* Hotels, Guest Houses and Apartments are available on request.

  • Meals in Osh and Bishkek
     

Services available at extra payment in Base Camp and in Advanced Base Camp:

  • Extra meals in Base Camp (3700m):                  US$ 25 per person per day
  • Extra meals in Advanced Base Camp (4200m):   US$ 40 per person per day
  • Dehydrated meals for ascent: by price list:       US$ 15-25 per person per day
  • Bar
  • Camping gas (propane / butane), screw type:   US$ 10 per new canister (230gr), US$ 6 per refilled canister

Note:Empty canisters have to be returned to the Base Camp – this is the client’s responsibility

Mountain Guides (incl. guide’s meals and gear):

  •  Mountain Guide: US$ 2500 per programme
  •  Mountain Guide trained according  to programme of UIAGM standards: US$ 3500 per  programme

NB: We recommend a maximum guide to client ratio of 1:3. For groups of 4 clients two guides are recommended. A minimum of US$950 is charged for Mountain Guides for any number of working days, or if the Guide’s employment

is terminated by the client during the first 5 days.

  • Horse (BC to ABC, 4200m): US$ 3 per kg (up to 50 kg)

Regular porterage service prices:

  • ABC (4200m) - Camp 2 (5300m)       US$  9 per kg (up to 15 kg)
  • Camp 2 (5300m) - Camp 3 (6100m)  US$ 18 per kg (up to 15 kg)
  • Camp 3 (6100m) - Camp 4 (6400m)  US$ 26 per kg (up to 10 kg)

Other service prices:

  • Rental of satellite phone for ascent (a damage or loss Safety Deposit of US$ 400 is required):       US$ 10 per day

The US$ 400 Safety Deposit is refundable provided the phone is returned undamaged and fully functional)

  • Thuraya airtime, when using satellite phone for calls and sms, is charged according to usage, in addition to the rental price.
  • A satellite phone is available for use at ABC, calls cost US$ 4/minute and SMS US$ 2 per SMS.  There is no rental charge for use of this phone on site at ABC but payment is required for any calls made or sms sent

 

Payment

  • To guarantee your booking full payment for the confirmed trip should be made 8 weeks prior the 1st day of the trip. Failing to pay in time may result in full cancellation.
  • All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by the Sender.

Cancellations and charges

There is no fee for changes or cancellations when made more than 21 days prior to arrival, but any actual expenses incurred relating to documents such as visa support, permits, or any other necessary official paperwork, will have to be paid for by the client;

  • There is a fee of '10% of ordered services' for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee of '50% of ordered services' for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee of '100% of ordered services' for cancellations when made less than 7 days prior to arrival.
  • High altitude mountaineering boots (for up to -30C)
  • hiking boots
  • snow gaiters
  • crampons
  • base-layer
  • down jacket
  • windproof & waterproof jacket with hood
  • warm & waterproof gloves or mitts
  • mountaineering or climbing harness
  • climbing helmet
  • karabiners (2 x screwgate)
  • prussic loops x 2 (5m / 16ft of 6mm cord)
  • rope
  • ice axe (light, not technical)
  • sleeping bag (up to -25C)
  • thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • high altitude tent
  • rucksack (40L minimum)
  • head-torch
  • sunglasses
  • trekking poles
  • gas-stove and kitchen/dining set
  • medical aid kit

 

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