Tien Shan Virgin Summits
|The EWP Virgin Summit programmes have now been running for 18 years. Over this
period many mountain enthusiast have shared with us the excitement of
discovering new mountain ranges, exploring them and finding ways up to their
unclimbed tops. For many this exploration provides some of the most exciting
types of adventure possible. Our team of experienced mountaineers and support staff invite you to explore more of Central Asia's magnificent ranges. We have visited and reconnoitered new areas and we can now
confidently offer you the opportunity to visit these new areas and share in the
excitement of their exploration. |
As the areas and summits in the Tien Shan are slightly lower and more accessible than the areas of the Pamir previously visited we have shortened the trip to 15 days (16 with travel from the UK). To get an idea of what we have in store please see: 2008 Picture Gallery
GRADE, STYLE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Team members will be expected to carry their own equipment in the mountains except for days where horse support will be available. If advanced camps need to be established they may also be required to help carry some communal equipment such as tents, ropes and food. The ascents are very much a team effort. Applicants should be confident about their ability to walk and do easy climbs in crampons up steep snow and easy ice and to carry their fair share of equipment*, to pitch tents in bad weather and to help with catering at the higher camps.
* In general the support staff and guides will carry a fairly large proportion of the communal equipment where this is logistically possible.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
Some communal equipment and food will be brought out from the UK and we request that all participants reserve some of their hold luggage weight allocation for this. This should not weigh more than about 3kg per person, full details will be sent in the predeparture information.
Accommodation will be in a small, private hotel in Bishkek. At base camp there will be a mess tent and group members will sleep in comfortable two man double skin-tents (one person per tent). On the ascent high altitude 2 or 3 man tents will be used.
EQUIPMENT, WEATHER AND CLOTHES
HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS AND DOCUMENTS
There will be either a radio at the base camp or a satellite telephone for use in emergencies.
A visa is required and may be obtained on entry, there will be a further cost associated with obtaining this.
A taste of things to come
On a virgin summit
Day walk from Base Camp
DATES FOR A PRIVATE TRIP
EWP VIRGIN SUMMIT STATISTICS