Tien-Shan Unclimbed Peaks – 3 days to go

Jetim Bel Mountain Range is located in about 100kmt south of Issy Kul Lake and biosphere reserve and it’s one of the most virgin Mountain Ranges of Internal Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan. According to Wikipedia its maximum height is 4627 and the highest know peak is Seok, but we are expecting to climb virgin peaks up to 4800m. This mountain range extends on 102kmt length and 12 width, which is a gigantic playground for mountaineers seeking to conquer unclimbed peaks. We’ll be travelling 320km for about 5h hours from Bihkek to Tamga village facing the south Issy Kul lake side. Tamga aiyl okmotu (Tamga, Tosor) is one of the 42 villages in 8 rural communities (aiyl okmotus) in the Jeti Oguz District, Issyk Kul Province. Issy Kul It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes hence its name, which means “hot lake” in the Kyrgyz language

From there we’ll be transferred on old Russian 4×4 vehicles to Jetim Bel Mountain Range where our climbing adventure will begin. Preparatory walks will allow us to acclimatize and explore potential routes at the same time. The idea is to climb all together the first peak before setting off in different directions for subsequent peaks. Grades vary from the easiest at Scottish Grade II to the most extreme, we’ll have plenty of choice! Time should permit us to attempt at least two or three peaks before travelling to Karakol to start the second part of our expedition, climbing Khan Tengri, “Lord of the Skies”.

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