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 Nasuh Mahruki and friends take on Mustagh Ata

Mustagh Ata (7546 m) comes on the right side of the Karakoram Highway to Kashgar. This beautiful peak is well known for ski climbing among 7000 meters peaks.  There is only a one day trek to base camp from Sobash.

Mustagh Ata is one of the 50 highest peaks on earth and occupies an isolated location on the western edge of China's Xinjiang Province.  The approach to the mountain is by crossing the Khunjerab Pass. With the standard route following the gently-angled southwest slopes, the mountain presents no great technical problems and success will depend on good weather conditions and a good program of acclimatization. It's not just a mountaineering expedition, but also an epic journey into Central Asia, including a visit to Kashgar. 

Update 8/12/2001: Hello EverestNews.com, We are all in Urumchi now. Tonight we set off for Kasgar and next day we will drive to Lake Karakuli and then walk with the camels to the base camp. All is fine, Yilmaz Sevgul, Marcus John and myself, we are looking forward to this ski ascent. Cheers, Nasuh

Update 9/3/2001: It has been a while since last contact. My partner Yilmaz Sevgul and myself reached the summit of Muztagh Ata on 28th August. As you know it has no technical difficulty but a long route and the weather conditions change so quickly. We climbed at the end of the season after the 200-250 people and 80-90 tents have left the base camp. Two of us plus a Ukrainian climber Vladimir, together we summited in storm conditions. We nearly couldn't find the top camp at 6600 meters. That night in the tent was also a nightmare, as it snowed all night in a blizzard. Our tent was covered with 1.5 meter snow and we had to dig air hole every 1.5 hour to get some fresh air inside. With the first daylight early next morning we cut the upper part of the tent and get out the ice coffin and made our way back to base camp.

So we are all fine, Yilmaz had little frost nip on the toes.

We'll be home by 6th.

Cheers, Nasuh

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