Muztagh Ata

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Muztagh Ata is the second highest peak in the Kunlun Shan. The highest is Kongur, Muztagh Ata's immediate neighbor to the northeast. Both peaks tower by the side of the Karakoram Highway, the main road running from the city of Kashi to Pakistan. Muztagh Ata is only 15 miles from the China-Tajikistan border. Because of its proximity to the highway, the mountain is easily approached, and its gradual western slopes entice many climbers, but its elevation alone makes any ascent of Muztagh Ata a serious climb.

Elevation (feet): 24,758
Elevation (meters): 7,546
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Range/Region: Kunlun
Latitude: 38.2833
Longitude: 75.1167
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1956
First successful climber(s): Three members of , E.A. Beletsky's , Sino-Russian expedition
Nearest major airport: Kashi, China
Convenient Center: Kashi, China

Trip Reports

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There are 25 trip reports for Muztagh Ata.

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  • Log #21569 - by raul vicedo on Jan 06, 2009
    I was in Muztagh Ata in august 2008 with a spanish expedition. Only 2 of 23 alpinist of our group did the summit. Bad weather but not too much cool
  • Log #21351 - by Roland Tomaschko on July 25, 2008
    A lot of fresh snow and hard way to the summit.
  • Log #20581 - by Markus Walter on Jan 07, 2007
    Reached the top on a sunny, but cold and windy day with some clouds in the afternoon. skiing up from camp 3 at 6600m and down after summit the same day to camp 2 at 6200m. Skiing above 6000m is a...
  • Log #18786 - by Alexey on Feb 14, 2006
    On 24 of August 2005 Valery Shamalo and Alexey Gorbatenkov climbed new route on Muztagh Ata from Kalaxong glacier through the West ridge. Route does not have difficult technical challenges. We've...
  • Log #5772 - by Elisabet Faura on Nov 16, 2004
    I was alone, with the snow folling over me, no view, only the fog.. my first experience with the hight altitude. since there I love and I'm afraid of mountains.
  • Log #5777 - by Peter Rauch on Aug 26, 2004
    It was a clear day but pretty cold and windy specifically in the afternoon. Starting from C2high (6450m) I reached the summit at 7pm. To ski back down to C2high took 1.5h.
  • Log #5778 - by bb on May 14, 2004
    I'm interesting how can I get a climbing permit for this season to Mustagh Ata, and how many does it cost. Thank you for your help... My e-mail:
  • Log #5780 - by amir nanpazi on Oct 10, 2003
    i will summit this mountain . i search agensy for guider . do you select guider for me . i don't information for fee .
  • Log #5781 - by Jo Heersink on Sep 10, 2003
    For five years I have led 1-2 groups per season on this exceedingly beautiful peak for my company ALPEX High Alpine Expeditions, (Some say it is easy, in the technical sense that might be so, but...
  • Log #5782 - by Juan Ramon Morales on Sep 04, 2003
    WE left camp 3 at 8:30 with very thick fog. The way was anyway very clear and we reached 7200m up the ridge in around 3 hours. I went back due to cold feet but he went on and summitted after around 5...
  • Log #5783 - by Rikard Mansson on Aug 13, 2003
    Went from camp 2(6100m) with snow shoes around 8.15am and reach the summit 5h 45min later at around 14.00pm. Very windy the last 300m but before camp 3 the weather was very good. After summit I...
  • Log #5784 - by Ulrich Onken on Mar 02, 2003
    We had spent a few days at Camp 1 at 5400 m a week before, but were forced to return to basecamp by heavy snowfall. On 3 August, we had a late start from Camp 2 on 6300 m. I had to turn back at 7100...
  • Log #5785 - by Stefan Backlund on Jan 12, 2003
    Hi everyone! Didnt't summit at all actually. Some shithead(s) teared up my foodbags at 6000m and it killed all my chances for reaching the summit. I had about 1 kg of peanuts in basecamp but that...
  • Log #5786 - by Alfred Schreilechner on Sep 22, 2002
    I reached the Summit in bad weather and with a broken rib together with 2 Poles (Marcin Pius, Wieslaw Madejczyk).
  • Log #5788 - by Siegfried on Mar 06, 2002
    Just to let you know that Guinness Records certified our mountain biking altitude record in January of this year. The Mobchina webpage is history, the story of this record attempt can still be found...
  • Log #5789 - by Todor Iolovski on Sep 17, 2001
    I got to the summit at 17:15 pm in a blinding white out. There was no one else there and the last climber I saw was at 7300m (Sergey from Russia). On the way back I was guided by my E-trax Summit GPS...
  • Log #5790 - by Julian Woolhouse on Aug 16, 2001
    All 9 members of our summit team reached the top on August 3rd & 4th 2001 - 5 French, 3 Russians and myself (British expatriate living in Japan). Weather was generally fairly good during our 2...
  • Log #5792 - by Gerald Fiala on Jan 20, 2001
    Privately organised expedition Team Leader Hans Gratz (Excellent leader) Team Members: Harald Bucer, Gerhard (Anatoli) Doppler, Gerald Fiala, Gernot (Apo) Gronauer, Sepp Hacksteiner, Manfred Kogler,...
  • Log #5793 - by Siegfried on Jan 19, 2001
    Late update on the world record attempt; we did it! We went to 7,008m with our bikes and cycled near the little grey Slovenian tent for a silly 10 meters. Now we are waiting for Guiness to certify...
  • Log #5795 - by Thijs van der Plas on Oct 24, 2000
    In 1994 I biked from Pakistan to China and came past Mustagh Ata. I then decided that one day I wanted to climb this beautiful mountain. In June 2000 I was ready to execute this longstanding desire...
  • Log #5796 - by KEN MCMAHON on Sep 06, 2000
  • Log #5797 - by Siegfried Verheijke on June 30, 2000
    As part of the "MA 2000 - Hiking and Biking" Team I will try to break the world record cycling at high altitude on Mustagh Ata, together with seven friends, three of whom will try to do it...
  • Log #5798 - by Nicolas JAQUES on Oct 01, 1999
    On the 10th day since reaching Base Camp, I reached the top around 11 a.m. after a long climb in one go from Camp-II. What an experience to ski up in full moon and watch the day come slowly! I was...
  • Log #5799 - by Michael Jardine on Apr 04, 1999
    I wrote a book about this expedition. We actually climbed both peaks north and main, but didn't quite get to the summit of the north peak.
  • Log #5800 - by Franck PITULA on Jan 10, 1999
    Le terrain semble facile. La tentation d'aller sans corde est grande, mais attention aux crevasses nombreuses et invisibles. Une des exp'ditions pr'sentes cette ann'e a perdu un membre tomb' dans une...