Khan Tengri Base Camp Trek

Khan Tengri Base Camp Trek

From £2,695
Altitude 4,250m Grade: T5

Khan Tengri Base Camp Trek ends with a spectacular helicopter flight. You will experience dramatic glacial walking and close-ups of Khan Tengri and Pobeda.

The trek up the South Inylchek Glacier to the base camps below Khan Tengri and Pobeda, the world’s most northerly 7000m peaks, is certainly on a par with the more famous trek to K2 base camp in Pakistan. Kyrgyzstan is not renowned for is stunning mountain scenery – except for those who have been there and experienced it!

From the capital Bishkek a two-day road journey via Karakol takes us to the Inylchek valley and glacier, the third longest in the world. We spend six days walking up the glacier, at times high above it amongst the lateral moraines and at other times on the rugged moraine-covered glacier itself. We pass the ice-bound Merzbacher Lake which every so often releases its waters down the valley in a spectacular rush, to eventually arrive at the base camps. Nestling on the glacier in one of the most spectacular cirques in the world with a vista of snowy pyramidal peaks all around, thus is a stunning place to end the trek. Before we fly back down the glacier by helicopter, we have a day to trek even closer to the mountains, following the now smooth white ice up below the very flanks of Khan Tengri. We return to Bishkek via Karakol and a night on the shores of Issy Kul Lake.

The Khan Tengri base camp trek is a must for those who like remote boundless landscapes.

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Dates & Prices

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27th Jul 2024 - 11th Aug 2024 Closed16 £2,695£3,495
26th Jul 2025 - 10th Aug 2025 Spaces16 £2,795£3,595 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Porter to carry your personal belongings £350

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • Qualified UK group tour leader (subject to minimum numbers)
  • Local guides
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in 'exclusions')
  • Accommodation - 5 nights hotel, 9 nights camping
  • Meals - 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters to carry communal equipment)
  • Porterage of personal effects
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Meals if not indicated in 'inclusions'
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Excess baggage on helicopter.
  • Visas (if required)
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances


Days 1 and 2 Depart UK, arriving Bishkek the following day. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon there will be a city sightseeing tour including the Philharmonic Society, Ala-Too square, Victory square, and handicraft shops, Osh Bazaar, Fine Arts Museum and the State History Museum.

Day 3 A full day's transfer from Bishkek to Karakol.  En route we will visit the Burana Tower (X-XI century AD). Transfer 400 km, 7 hours.

Day 4 Early morning departure. Another drive today (6 hours on rough roads) to At-Djailoo, the start point of our trek (2500m). In the afternoon we will start to explore the area with a circular walk from camp.

Day 5 The path goes along the left bank of Inylchek River. The North slopes of the gorge up to the glacier are covered with spruce forest. The place where Inylchek River emerges from under the glacier often changes and the precise route to the campground, set either at the end of the glacier, or on its lateral moraines, can vary. 5 hours walking.

Day 6 Today our route follows along the lateral moraine of the glacier on the way to Merzbacher Glade. On the way it is necessary to cross the confluence of lateral part of Putevodny Glacier and the Inylchek Glacier. Right up to Merzbacher Glade the glacier is covered with surface moraine and sections of bare ice are rare. Close to the glade there are more bare ice sections. The camp is set up on the lateral moraines. 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 7 We continue trekking along the lateral moraines of the Inylchek Glacier to Merzbacher Glade. 5 to 6 hours walking.

Day 8 A rest day, or a long day trip out to go and visit the Mertzbacher lake with is situated across on the north side of the glacier. At the point the South Inylchek glacier is about 3 km wide. While crossing the glacier look out for crystals in the rocks such as rauhtopaz (or smoky quartz), amethyst, black and pink tourmaline (elbaite), amazon-stone (green feldspar), fluorite, topaz, and others. Merzbacher Lake is located in the mouth of North Inylchek canyon where South Inylchek Glacier blocks the gorge of North Inylchek River, damming the water and thus forming this amazing seasonal lake. In August, when the lake is full to bursting, the water rushes through the cracks and subglacial channels of North Inylchek Glacier into the valley. 4 to 6 hours walking.

Day 9 From Merzbacher Glade we continue along the same lateral moraine of the glacier to the first right tributary – Shokalski Glacier. At the confluence of the glaciers it is necessary to get to one of the medial moraines of the South Inylchek Glacier, and to follow this up to Diky (‘wild’) Glacier. The so called ‘red moraine’ (composed of red jasper) provides a natural highway in the centre of the glacier. 7 to 8 hours walking.

Day 10 From Komsomolsky Glacier the South Inylchek Glacier becomes wider and quieter - crevasses and ruptures are getting smaller. Today we get our first views of the highest peaks of the Tien-Shan Mountains. 7 hours walking.

Day 11 A final half day’s trekking up the glacier takes us to the Khan Tengri Base camp area, where the glacier is now 3.5 kilometres wide. 4 to 5 hours walking.

Day 12 Today you are free to explore the area around the base camp and to get closer to the spectacular peaks looming above you Great views of the panorama of the highest mountains in Tien-Shan Mountains are visible if you walk 2-3 hours up to Semenov Glacier. 4 to 5 hours walking. Reserve day for helicopter flight.

Day 13 A short but exciting helicopter flight takes us tо of the mountains to Maida-Adyr Camp or Karkara. Transfer to Karakol (180 km, 5 hours).

Day 14 Transfer to the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake On the way we will visit the Ethnographical Museum the Petroglyphs Museum on open air in Cholpon-Ata. Transfer (140 km, 2 hours). Reserve day for helicopter flight.

Day 15 A final drive back to Bishkek for our last night in Kyrgystan. Transfer to Bishkek (260 km, 4 hours).

Day 16 An early transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

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