Karly Tau meaning “Snow Mountain” is sited in the Central Tien Shan Mountains. To climb Karly Tau Peak you don’t need previous climbing skills or any real prior experience of high altitude. Karly Tau is more of a trekking peak but is still a good challenge and experience for taking that next step to summit snow covered peaks with the summit at 5,450m.

Karly Tau peak is located in a front of famous Khan Tengri Peak 7,010m in the upper part of North Inylchek Glacier. The North Inylchek glacier is an icy circuit enclosed by 6,000m + summits of Sary Zhas, Meridionalniy and Tengri Tag Ranges. Karly Tau Peak is very close to the North Inylchek Glacier base camp only 5km away.

From the slopes of Karly Tau Peak you will see breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding icy mountains and especially the giant 3,000m Northern Face of Khan Tengri Peak.

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Grade 8 Trek (Tough): require that you are very fit and previous trekking experience is strongly recommended. Grade 8 includes long walks with steep uphill and downhill gradients. There will be extremes of altitude (up to 6000m) and weather conditions and will involve several long days (up to 8/9 hours) of trekking continuously without a rest day.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.

All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.

WEAR Comfortable Clothing for the flight
Meeting and seeing off in Almaty International Airport
Hotel *** 1-night BB
Transfer Almaty – Karkara BC – Almaty
Border permit
Helicopter charter flight Karkara BC – the North Inylchek glacier and back
Alpine guide for every 4-5 clients depending on their experience
Safety rope
2-3 person tents and three meals a day at Karkara BC, the North Inylchek BC and ABC
Fixed ropes
Skills Training
Ecological duties
Local staff insurance
Personal travel Insurance
Meals in Almaty
Bar bills
Hired Personal climbing equipment 


Route description

The climbing route is initially stony moraine at the beginning until 4,600m, then a snow and ice slope with fixed ropes to the edge of the plateau at 4,750m. Once on the plateau the terrain flattens out into a snow field to a pass at the height of 5,000m and then the snow ridge to the summit.

An experienced guide will lead you to the summit and back. Your base of operations is a well- equipped Advance Base Camp at 4,250 with hot meals ready for you on your return.


Morning arrival Almaty

Transfer 280 km, (5 hours) to Karkara BC – Base Camp at 2,200m.


Acclimatisation trek to a high point through the Alpine meadows at 3,550m

Helicopter flight

Helicopter charter flight 35 minutes to North Inylchek BC at 4,000m. Training and acclimatisation walk

Base Camp

Walk to the Advance Base Camp (4,250m.) After lunch and rest, acclimatization ascent to a height of 4,600m. Back to ABC – Advanced Base Camp (4,250.)

Summit attempt

Set off at 03:00hrs to the top of Karly Tau Peak (5,450m.) After summit, descend to ABC (4,250m.)

Base camp

Descend to the base camp. Hot shower and dinner.


Reserved day for bad weather.

Helicopter Flight

35-minute helicopter flight to BC Karkara


Transfer to Almaty. 3-star Hotel


Transfer from hotel to airport. Departure

Personal climbing equipment for hire:

Crampons £90
Ice-axe £70
Harness £70
Jumar £50
Helmet £40

Recommended specialist kit for the trip

Touring skies with skins (Only for those that ski and have the experience and skill set)
Glacier glasses/snow goggles
2-way radios

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