16 Days
Group Size

Trekking 125km in remote wilderness Alpine terrain leading to trek on one of the longest glaciers in the world allows for a completely unique experience. The glacial trek takes us to one of the most iconic base camps in the Tien Shan Mountain range standing at the foot of the mighty Kan Tengri Peak at 7,010m. We take helicopter flights over the range which transport us to the start of the ultimate goal which is to climb Karly Tau peak standing at 5,450m. A true remote wilderness experience that is simply incredible!’

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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 5,545m) 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
WEAR Comfortable Clothing for the flight
International flights
Airport transfers
Tour Leader
English speaking guide
Transport for itinerary
Helicopter flights
Horse caravan
Meals where indicated
Medical or emergency evacuation (a copy of insurance policy required)
Mountaineering equipment for climbing Karly Tau Peak
Personal drinks
Travel Insurance



Almaty to Karkara Base Camp.

Arrival in Almaty, drive to Karkara Base Camp via Charyn Gorge (190kms, 3.5hrs.) Stop at viewpoint and short walk in the gorge. PM drive to Karkara Base Camp (bus, 134kms, 3hrs). (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Karkara Base camp to Kyrgyzstan

Entering by an off road ex-military vehicle into Kyrgyzstan and drive along the Karkara River to Aktog pass (3,481m.) Panoramic views of the Tien Shan Range including the mighty Kan Tengri, Pobeda and hundreds of other peaks in the distance. Driving onto the Echkilitash boarder gaurds check point we cross by foot and start the trek over the Sary Zhas River by bridge to Sary Zhas valley and camp our first night under the stars. (60km drive taking 3hrs and then trek for 4hrs.) (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Alpine trekking

Trekking along the Tuz river to the foot of Tuz pass, where we walk through beautiful meadows of wild flowers and butterflies. 7hrs Camp at 3,630m (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Tuz Pass

Climb Tuz pass which reaches 4,001m to view the icy pyramid of Nansen Peak at 5,697m and the grandiose deep valley of the South Inylchek Glacier which is one of the longest in the world (46km.) This pass was found by Gotfrid Mertzbaher (Austrian) in 1907 on an expedition to discover a route to the bottom of Khan Tengri Peak. We have a long descent to camp (2,900m) near Chon Tash (huge rock in the middle of a meadow) where on the way we stop for lunch and sit in amazement of the stunning views. (4.5hrs.) (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Alpine to Glacial terrain

Today we say goodbye to the horses and horseman and use our porters to carry our gear. Only 12kg is allowed in each client’s duffel bag. We trek across the moraine to cross the Glacier from the North side to the South (15km, 6hrs.) Tonight we sleep in our first fixed camp ‘Glinka’ at 3,100m (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Glacial trekking

After breakfast we continue to trek up the Glacier to ‘Mertzbaher meadow’ camp at 3,400m. Encountering incredible views, weather systems and feeling the real sense that we are truly in a remarkable place without seeing anyone but our own group. (10km.)(Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Southern Peaks

Today’s trek takes us over the glacier across stone mounds and icy streams to the next fixed camp called ‘Komsomolsky at 3,700m. This area provides the best views to the South with 5,000m to 6,000m peaks and side glaciers. (15km, 6hrs.) (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

In the shadow of Pobeda

Nearing the South Inylcheck Base Camp we trek a few hours on the glacier to the next fixed camp called Dikiy (3,900m) which rest high on the side of the valley without outstanding views of Pobeda. (13km, 5hrs.) Camping – Full. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Arrive at South Inylchek Base Camp

Today’s trek takes us to South Inylcheck Base Camp at 4,000m which sits in the wide junction of Zvezdochka and South Inylcheck glaciers. Marble pyramid of Khan Tengri peak at 7,010m, mighty Pobeda Peak at 7,439m and a few peaks flaring hanging glaciers and snow slopes surround us in a spectacular show of beauty. We are in the heart of the Tien Shan. (8km, 3.5hrs.)(Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

South Inylchek Base Camp to North Inylchek Glacier

AM helicopter arriving from Karkara (weather permitting) and lands near camp. Helicopter flight to North Inylchek Glacier (10mins.) Flight is mostly at 4,800m with superb views of highest peaks. Land on glacier and disembark then trek 1km to North Inylchek Base Camp. PM free on glacier to acclimatize. Accommodation is in fixed tents with toilet/washing & dining blocks. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Climbing Karlytau Peak

Karly Tau Peak is the only mountain on the Central Tian Shan which suits those climbers who want to make the first ascent of the peak over 5,000m. The route of ascension is extremely simple – by the flat glacier to camp 1 (4,250m,) then a gentle slope leads to camp 2 (4,800m,) by the flat snow plateau to the pass, from which on a snow crest the steepness of 35 degrees reaches top. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Karkara Base Camp

AM helicopter flight to Karkara Base camp (35mins.) PM free in Karkara – relax at Base camp or optional walks and horse-riding. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Karkara Base Camp to Almaty

Late AM drive to Almaty (Bus, 280kms, 6hrs.) (Breakfast)

Almaty – home

Transfer to the airport for the return flight.(Breakfast)

Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip

  • Personal first aid kit including any medication needed
  • Walking boots (Walking boots must be able to fit crampons)
  • Walking socks
  • Walking poles
  • Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
  • Main duffel bag – needs to be an 80ltr rucksack for the Karly Tau phase
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Warm and water proof gloves
  • Warm and water proof hat
  • Thick Sweater
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Trainers/sandals
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun protection for skin/head/hands
  • Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack
  • 4 Season Sleeping Bag & liner
  • X2 1ltr water containers
  • X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube

Personal medical and toiletry Kit

  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye Mask
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibrufen
  • Aspirin
  • Propolis
  • Diamox
  • Toilet Paper
  • Nose tissues
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen
  • General first aid kit
  • Foot first aid kit
  • Men’s toiletry essentials
  • Ladies toiletry essentials

Personal Expenses

You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at international airports whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few. Credit cards are generally not accepted.

Visa Requirements

UK, AUS, NZ, USA & Canadian citizens will need an entry visa. Other nationalities should consult their consular office.

Vaccinations & Protection

Make an appointment with your Doctor to discuss and also gain written confirmation of what is needed by the relevant Consulate of your trip destination. Make an appointment with your Doctor to have a full health check to ensure you are physically fit for the trip itinerary. A third source of reference is: www.travelhealthpro.org.uk EDGE Travel Worldwide is not responsible to list or advise; which vaccinations or any other travel medication you may need on your trip. This is your responsibility. Special Note: Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Personal medication

Please note all illness, injuries and medication need to be disclosed to EDGE Travel Worldwide at time of booking – please seek advice from your Doctor to your suitability of participating on this trip.


You must make sure you have the right travel insurance for the trip personally and also make sure you have insurance to cover medical evacuation in case of emergency. An example company to arrange this is: ACE European Group Ltd (telephone) 0207 1737796


To enjoy any trek such as climbing Karly Tau peak, it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard a trek as a means of getting into shape or loosing excess weight. Start a programme of conditioning well before departure – in fact as soon as you book – and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients involved on this trek. Running, hill walking and other more active sports are suitable.

Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individuals own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This trip is rated as Grade C/D

Grade C Walks (Strenuous): are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more in ascent or descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

Grade D Walks (Tough): require that you are very fit and previous trekking experience is strongly recommended. Grade D 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.


In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)

Meal Plan

Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.

Optional Excursions

These maybe available, please contact us for further details.

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