Mustagh Ata Peak


Trip Information

  • Region: Karakorum Range
  • Type: Mountain Climbing
  • Duration: 35 Days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Season: Summer

Mustagh Ata Peak

The father of ice mountains

Mustagh Ata is a 7509 meters high peak located on the northern side of the Tibetan Plateau in Xinjiang, China, where itinerant herders line and tend their roaming cattle.

The peak has lately gained traction among domestic and foreign mountaineers, thanks to the unique atmosphere, easy access, low expedition costs and availability immense information. Even though the peak is physically closer to the Pamir, yet sometimes it is deemed as a part of the Kunlun Shan. The peak is easy to climb and features a mild gradient on the west. Due to the dry weather of Xinjiang province, you need to undergo a complete acclimatization period.

The first full fledge expedition to Mustagh Ata peak took place in 1956 when a team of Soviet and Chinese climbers summited the peak from the western ridges. Before that, Swedish explorer Sven Hedin made the first historical attempt to summit the peak in 1894, but remained unsuccessful.

Climb Mustagh Ata with Karakorum Expeditions

Karakorum Expeditions is a specialist in organizing expeditions to high mounatains in the Karakorum, Hindu Kush, Pamir and Himalaya ranges, including Mustagh Ata. Our 35 days itinerary for Mustagh Ata expedition starts with your arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan. Upon your arrival, you can relax and enjoy your time because you are in our safe hands now.

We will take care of every aspect of your expedition, including travel, accommodation, camping, trekking to the base camp, food and briefings and everything that falls in between.

Now, our approach to Mustagh Ata is like this: We will take you across the Khunjerab Pass, and then follow the normal route from the southwest, crossing the slopes and helping you to acclimatize. The good news is that the mountain does not pose many risks except for the weather condition, which can turn violent at times. As we get an ideal weather, we will kick off the final climbing.

After the attempt, we will trek down to Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province where we will take you for sightseeing. We will also take care of your safe return home by driving you back to Islamabad, and by seeing you off at the airport.

If you are interest in climbing Mustagh Ata, get in touch with us and let us take care of the rest.


Arrive Islamabad- transfer to hotel


Drive to Chilas


Drive to Sost


Drive to Tashkurgan


Drive to Karakul Lake


Trek to Base Camp




Trek down to Subhash and drive to Kashgar


Kashgar- sightseeing


Drive to Tashkurga


Drive to Karimabad via Sost


Drive to Chilas


Drive to Islamabad.


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