Mountaineering Base Camps

Mountaineering Base Camps

There are a number of base camps for mountaineers, trekkers, and others which operate during July, August and the first part of September. The camps have facilities for accommodating expeditions and supporting ascents of the nearby peaks: tents, excellent food, showers, sauna, communication facilities (radio, satellite telephone, internet), and an experienced, skilled, enthusiatic and hospitable staff. The camps are located at:

In the Central Tien Shan:

  • The Maida Adyr base camp: in the Inylchek valley, which is used for ascents of both Khan Tengri and Peak Pobeda. It is located at an altitude of 2600m, and 160 km from Karakol (4-5 hours by road or 40 minutes by helicopter). Helicopters (MI-8MTV) are based at the camp for the transport of passengers and cargo throughout the Kyrgyz part of the Central Tien Shan range which can land at sites upto an altitude of 4500m.

  • The Southern Inylchek base camp: located 80 km from the Maida Adyr camp, at an altitude of 4000m. It takes 4 days to get there by foot, or 30 minutes by helicopter.

  • The Northern Inylchek base camp : also about 80 kilometers from Maida Adyr, and at an altitude of 4000m. The route is difficult and takes 5-6 days on foot, or 30 minutes by helicopter.

In the Pamir-Alai:

  • The Achik Tash camp: near Peak Lenin. It is located at an altitude of 3600m and is about 300 km from Osh (about 8-10 hours by road).

  • The ABC camp: on the Lenin glacier. Located at an altitude of 4200m, it is 5 to 7 hours walk from the Achik Tash camp.

It is also possible camps to be organized in other places, for example:

  • In the Kokshaal Too range, beneath the Kyzyl Asker or Dankova peaks,
  • In the Karavshin Gorge, beneath peaks of Asan Usen – a 4810m peak,
  • In the Ak Suu Gorge, beneath the Ak-Suu peak.