Go to the Extreme

Our Extreme package is precisely that, Extreme. This is for the the experienced explorer that wants to discover something truly different and unique.

In 16 days, the Extreme package will take you to the height of an explorer’s paradise. Standing on top of the Khan Tengri marble peak at 7,000 meters is the aim of this package. How do you get there? Trekking, hiking, meeting nomadic village people and a helicopter flight to the Inylcheck Glacier to walk in the shadows of Tien Shan’s highest peaks.

But what makes this package truly Extreme is that for the inner adventurer, you are always being tested, mentally and physically. You are surrounded by a landscape that is beautiful yet uncompromising, from glacial lakes to alpine meadows whilst your body takes on mountain assents, long distance walking, climbing and even horse riding.

This is a trip that takes on routes, rarely accessed by anyone else; Do more, Feel more, Be more!

ItineraryDates and PricesKey Facts

Day One

Arrival in Almaty City which includes a drive around the centre of the city, a visit to the Central State Museum.

Day Two - Charyn Gorge to Karkara Base Camp

Drive to Charyn Gorge which includes a stop viewpoint and short walk in the gorge. PM drive to Karkara Base Camp. Camping - Karkara Base Camp - full board.

Day Three - Kokjar Camp

Morning trek along the Karkara River Valley followed by a meadow lunch. There is a possibility for the hardiest of horseback riders to go on horseback at this point. Afternoon drive to Kokjar Camp including several deep river crossings.The trek is fully supported by horses, horsemen & camp crew including cook.

Day Four - Kurbegenty Pass to Tyouk Kokpak Canyon

Morning trek up the river valley to Kurbegenty Pass (3570m) for spectacular views of north face or Kan Tengri & other peaks. PM descend through the Tyouk Kokpak Canyon to the campsite.

Day Five - Ulken Kokpak Valley

Mid morning the day continues with a trek through Tuyuk Kokpak Gorge, then over Green Pass and into the Ulken Kokpak Gorge. Camp near river with some minor river crossings involved.

Day Six - Kokpak Pass to Karakol Lake

Morning trek up to Kokpak Pass (3050m) - a short but very steep climb - most difficult of the tour. Then descend to Ulken Kokpak River and across bridge. Late afternoon descent to Karakol Lake.

Day Seven - Akkol Pass to Akkol Lake

Morning trek via Akkol Pass (3600m) to Akkol Lake with views of Ashutor Peak (4400m) & Pobeda (7439m) in the distance.

Day Eight - Ashutor Valley

AM trek via 2 high Passes (highest at 3700m) into Ashutor Valley. There is a possibility to camp at original destination or a further 45 minute walk to camp near glaciers.

Day Nine - Ashutor Pass to Sary Dhas Valley

Last day of trek with a morning trek up to Ashutor Pass (3900m) then down into Sary Dhas Valley. Camp near confluence of 2 rivers.

Day Ten - North Inylchek Glacier

Morning helicopter arriving from Karkara (weather permitting) and lands near camp with helicopter flight to North Inylchek Glacier (helicopter, 10mins) - flight is mostly at 4800m superb views of highest peaks. Land on glacier and disembark. PM free on glacier to acclimatize. Accommodation is in fixed tents with toilet/washing & dining blocks.

Day Eleven - Thirteen

Climbing Karlytau Peak (5450m) with intermediate camp on Karlytau Plateau.

Day Fourteen

AM fly to Karkara Base camp (helicopter, 35mins). Afternoon is left free in Karkara where you can relax at Base camp or optional walks or horse-riding.

Day Fifteen

Late morning drive to Almaty with Hotel stay.

Day Sixteen

Early morning drive to Airport for journey home.

Kazakhstan: (Excluding flights – approximately £600)

One annual trip run from the 16th†July to the 2nd August – subject to availability

Kazakhstan - £3,400 per person (14 nights)

*  NB - discounts apply to groups numbering over 10 - please ask for details


Key Facts

Go to the Extreme - 10 key facts

Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country by area in the world, but it has one of the lowest population densities.

The people who live in Kazakhstan represent more than 120 nationalities.

Ancient Kazakhs were the first people in the world to domesticate and ride horses

Kazakhs believe that whistling a song inside a building will make you poor for the rest of your life.

The highest point in Kazakhstan is Khan Tengri of the Tian Shan mountain range. At 23,000 feet (7010 m), it is also the world’s most northern 7000-m peak.

The lowest point in Kazakhstan is the bottom of the Karagiye Depression at 433 feet (132 m) below sea level.

Khan Tengri is generally considered to be the third hardest Snow Leopard mountain after Pobeda and Pik Kommunizma

Khan Tengri's name means "Lord of the Spirits" or "Lord of the Skies" in the Uighur and "Ruler of the Skies"

The Kazakh name Kan Taumeans means "Blood Mountain"

Khan Tengri is located on the Kyrgyz-Kazah border and 7km west of the China border in the remote heart of the Central Tian Shan

Please Note: Dates and prices can be subject to change and some departure dates may differ, please contact EDGE Travel before proceeding to book your place.