Muztagh Ata

Muztagh Ata, Kashgar Attractions, Kashgar Travel GuideMuztagh Ata (7546m) is a unique massif overlooking the Taklamakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Its expansive gentle slopes offer perhaps the best paths for ski-mountaineering enthusiasts on any mountain and at over 7500m its pinnacle is a reachable goal for even the moderately skilled climber. It is a favorite and attempted every year by dozens of expeditions comprising skiers and climbers.

Muztagh Ata is the second highest peak in the Kunlun Shan. The highest is Kongur (25,326 ft.), Muztagh Ata's immediate neighbor to the northeast. Both peaks tower by the side of the Karakoram Highway, the main road running from the city of Kashgar to Pakistan. Muztagh Ata is only 15 miles from the China-Tajikistan border. Because of its proximity to the highway, the mountain is easily approached, and its gradual western slopes entice many climbers, but its elevation alone makes any ascent of Muztagh Ata a serious climb.

Muztagh Ata is not technically difficult but challenging to your strength and ability. In local languages "Muztagh Ata " means "Ice Mountain's Father ". The huge snow mountain-mass raised above the Karakul Lake attracts the mountaineers of the whole world. The climbing way on the top is not difficult technically with the slopes of 25-30 degrees steepness though demands a high physical level of the alpinists. It gives good possibilities to ascent to the top. Muztagh Ata is one of the perfect mountains for skiing after ascent. First ascents of the Muztag Ata summit had been made in 1956 by China-Soviet expedition. The approach walk from Karakul Lake to upward slopes is very rewarding with splendid view of a vast and quiet mountain panorama, glaciers, and icebergs.

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