Bogda Peak

Elevation (feet): 17,864
Elevation (meters): 5,445
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Range/Region: Eastern Tien Shan
Latitude: 43.75
Longitude: 88.5333
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Alma Ata, Kazachstan, Urumqi, China
Convenient Center: Turpan

Bogda Peak is the highest peak of the heavily glaciated Bogda Mountain massif, a northeast extension of the Tian Shan. The Bogda Mountains, 150 miles long and averaging 13,000 feet elevation, culminate in a lofty two-mile ridge, topped by several peaks. Bogda Peak is the highest of these. The Bogda range forms the northern perimeter of the Turpan Depression, a great hollow in the earth's surface where elevation is 500 feet below sea level. The valleys on this southern side of the range are hot, dry, very windy, and comparatively treeless, while the northern foothills are densely covered in conifer forests. A serene lake called Tian Chi, meaning Heavenly Pool, is nestled in one of the forests, just northwest of the main mountain ridge. An old Taoist monastery rests humbly on its shore, contrasting with the high tourism that is prevalent in the area, a result of its close proximity to the city of Urumqi.