NEW Trip – Kyrgyzstan & the Tian Shan MountainsJoin 19 August 2024 Departure

38 Days$9490USD

  • 31 day trek/mountaineering
  • 32 nights camping
  • 5 nights hotels
  • 32 Dinners
  • 33 Lunches
  • 37 Breakfasts
Advanced Mountaineering Expedition
Technical Grading: Difficult

Trip highlights

  • Climb two peaks over 7000m with the guidance of world class leadership
  • Travel through the spectacular mountain scenery of Central Asia
  • Expand your mountaineering horizons and challenge yourself with a challenging and technical expedition to Peak Lenin and Khan Tengri
  • Maximise your chances of summit success with ample acclimatisation built into the itinerary
  • Experience a high level of support, including porters above base camp
  • Enjoy comfortable fully-inclusive base camp services set on an alpine meadow

Soren Kruse Ledet&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Soren Kruse Ledet</i>

Join this brilliant double header climbing expedition aiming to summit two peaks over 7000m under the expert guidance of Soren Kruse Ledet. Situated on the Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan border, Peak Lenin stands at an altitude of 7134m and is the second highest mountain in the Pamir mountain range. Our expedition is from the Kyrgyzstan side of the peak, beginning from the village of Osh. We will acclimatise on the nearby peaks Ukina (5100m) and Razdelnaya (6120m) as well as on Peak Lenin itself. An ample acclimatisation period has been built into the itinerary, mirroring our previous successful expeditions, to maximise your chances of summit success. There is time to rest at the brilliantly equipped base camp before making our summit push under Soren's expert guidance.

We will then travel to the spectacular ice pyramid of Khan Tengri which at 7010m is the second highest mountain in the Tian Shan range, situated on the border between Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan. Flying via helicopter to our base camp on the South Inylchek Glacier, climbers will be well acclimatised following the ascent of Peak Lenin. Our route is from the south side of the peak via the narrow West Col with three camps planned on the mountain. On both expeditions, high altitude porters will be used to carry group gear, allowing you to focus on the climb and save your energy for summit day. Technical and exposed sections of the climb are climbed using fixed ropes and our expert leader, Soren, supported by experienced Russian mountain guides will assist you in achieving your goal of reaching the summits of these exceptional mountains. Those wishing to join this expedition are required to have prior mountaineering experience, including previous climbs at altitude and solid technical skills. Fitness, mental toughness and technical capacity will be put to the test on this expedition, rewarded with a climbing expedition beyond the ordinary.

Trip Code: PLK

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel after which the remainder of the day is at leisure. Eating out in Bishkek is excellent value with good food and a mixture of western style dishes and Asian food available. July is the middle of summer in Central Asia with temperatures consistently around 40°C in Bishkek, a stark contrast to the snow and cold temperatures later in the trip.

Meals:  Nil

We will rise early for our flight to Osh, the nearest city from which expeditions to Peak Lenin begin. Osh (known as the 'Southern Capital') is the biggest city in southern Kyrgyzstan. It is a city with a host of side-streets, cozy open-air cafes and restaurants, bazaars and the main point of interest, Sulayman-Mountain. This "mountain" rises in the middle of the town against a background of urban life, reminding us of the proximity of the Pamir-Alay Mountains, one of the least known mountain wildernesses in the world. From Osh to our base camp we drive along the Pamir Tract. We will cross the Taldyk Pass (3615m) before taking lunch in a yurt camp near Sary Tash village en-route. In the afternoon we will enter the Alay Valley to our base camp. Base Camp (3800m) is set on a picturesque alpine glade called Lukovaya Polyana. It is very comfortably appointed with large two person tents with wooden flooring and kurpachas, the Kirghiz national mattress, hot showers and best of all, saunas. The base camp is a comfortable home away from home during this part of the expedition.

Meals:  B,L,D

The first few days of the trip have been set aside for acclimatisation. Your guide will brief you on the days ahead and assist you with your gear. Flexibility, a positive attitude and a desire to patiently overcome the various challenges are required on high altitude expeditions. Over the course of the next 3 days we will undertake acclimatisation walks in the hills above basecamp and possibly attempt to climb the nearby Peak Petrovsky at 4800m.

Meals:  B,L,D

The schedule during an expedition is flexible, with time required for rest, acclimatisation, weather and other factors.Today is a planned rest day at our well equipped base camp, where you may wish to avail of the sauna (at own expense) or another hot shower before the next stage of the expedition. Note the rest day may take place at a different time, depending on conditions and the needs of the group.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will be a long day as we depart for camp 1/ABC (Advance base camp). Approx 6 hours.

Meals:  B,L,D

During this acclimatisation period we will explore the area around camp 1/ABC and ascend to camp 2 at 5400m for the first time. Leaving camp 1 we head towards the North Wall and the beginning of the snow slope. After crossing the Lenin Glacier the angle of the slope is 35 to 40 degrees and we will use fixed ropes to assist us. Continuing up for approx. 80 metres we then traverse the slope onto a snow plateau known as “Skovoroda”. There is a final slope before reaching camp, we will then return to camp 1/ABC for a rest day.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is set aside to rest and recharge at our well equipped camp 1/ABC.

Meals:  B,L,D

We leave the comfort of our advance base camp to make our way to camp 3 from where we will make our summit bid.The climb between camp 2 and camp 3 can be exposed and windy. We ascend the 30 degrees slope towards Razdelnaya Peak always keeping to the left of the rock to gain the broad ridge. Camp 3 is located at 6100m on the plateau about 200m from the summit of Razdelnaya. We will then retrace our steps to camp 1/ABC.

Meals:  B,L,D

A final rest day at camp 1/ABC before our summit bid.

Meals:  B,L,D

The route to the summit is not considered a technical climb, and although it is relatively straightforward, it is very challenging due to the high altitude and often adverse weather conditions. The trek to the top is a long one on a relatively easy angled ridge. Summit day will be around a 12-14 hour day. Our itinerary during this time is flexible. We ask that all participants follow the advice of the expedition leader and crew at all times and participate actively in load carrying, setting up of camps and preparing of meals when required. Peak Lenin is considered an easy 7000m peak and that is certainly true from a technical point of view however there are some unique features that make this a very challenging climb. We have two contingency days to be used where required in the itinerary to maximise our chances of summit success. Peak Lenin is considered an easy 7000m peak and that is certainly true from a technical point of view however there are some unique features that make this a very challenging climb. It is worth noting that the success rate on this mountain is less than 25%. Compared to other groups (commercial and private) on Peak Lenin our acclimatisation schedule is significantly more thorough/conservative. Most people fail on Lenin because they are not adequately acclimatised.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our final journey on the mountain, back to base camp for a well earned shower.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a demanding yet exhilarating climb farewell the mountain and transfer back to Osh. Time now to hopefully celebrate summit success!

Meals:  B,L

Today we will fly from Osh back to Bishkek. The rest of the day and the next is at leisure for you to relax and prepare for the next leg of the expedition. Those who have opted to climb Peak Lenin as a standalone trip will leave us here.

Meals:  B

The drive from Bishkek to Karkara heliport camp (right on the border/river with Kazakhstan) takes approximately 8 hours. Apart from the last 1.5 hours the road is sealed and in very good condition or in the process of being upgraded. Tents in Karkara are the same large 2 person tents used in Lenin BC and C1. A building containing kitchen, dining room and bar is located next to camp. Showers and toilets are at the other end of camp. The camp is in a very picturesque setting next to the river with grassy slopes and forest covered hills/mountains all around.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today an exhilarating helicopter ride takes us breathtakingly close to the mountains as we make our transfer to our BC for the remainder of the expedition. The helicopter ride to BC is an adventure in itself with incredible views of huge glaciers and countless mountains. BC is located on the moraine at about 4000m on the South Inylchek glacier and serves as base camp for both Khan Tengri and Popeda (both are clearly visible from camp). Here we will settle in and prepare for the climb ahead.

Meals:  B,L,D

Given we are well acclimatised from our Peak Lenin climb, our climbing period on Khan Tengri can safely be made shorter than if we were to attempt the peak as a standalone expedition. The following is a brief summary of our route on the peak, with timing between camps as always dependent on weather, snow conditions and the fitness of the group. We have included ample rest days, to be used when appropriate in order to maximise the chances of summit success. Soren will keep you informed and briefed in the days ahead. A flexible mindset and openness to changing conditions and plans are vital on a trip of this nature. The walk from BC to C1 is straightforward but can be tricky to navigate in poor visibility. We will follow the moraine out of BC for about 45 minutes before stepping on to the glacier to continue up a modest incline on the vast glacier in direction of Khan Tengri. C1 is at the junction of the South Inylchek and Semenovsky glaciers. We plan to travel between C1 and C2 on Khan Tengri only twice on the expedition, reducing the risks associated with avalanches by ascending/descending during the night or early morning. The route up the Semenovsky glacier (Khan Tengri south face) between C1 and C2 is at times directly beneath the south-east face of Chapeav Peak and shortly before reaching C2 the route is funnelled through a small icefall at 4900-5100m. C2 is situated in a safe spot in the middle of the glacier and beyond it, a straightforward snow slope takes us to C3, tucked away on ledge 20m below the saddle (West Col) between Khan Tengri and Chapaev Peak. The view south from high on Khan Tengri across the Tien-Shan range is phenomenal and the extensive glacial systems up there have to be seen to be believed. There is considerably more rope work involved on this peak compared with Lenin and climbers need to be technically proficient and able to quickly ascend/descend fixed lines especially on summit day, where you can expect a good deal of scrambling and awkward steps on steep rocky steps linked with snow patches. All being well, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with the view from the top of the spectacular ice pyramid of Khan Tengri.

Meals:  B,L,D

All going well we leave Khan Tengri BC by charter helicopter today. The spectacular flight over the mountains is another unforgettable experience on a most memorable and rewarding expedition in Central Asia. The day will be a long one and we will be thankful of the day in Bishkek tomorrow to relax before our international flights.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today will be spent relaxing and celebrating our expedition.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, the trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for onward arrangements.

Meals:  B


  • 37 breakfasts, 32 lunches and 31 dinners
  • 3 star accommodation in Bishkek on a twin share basis
  • Fully serviced wilderness camping
  • Led by Soren Kruse Ledet accompanied by an expert local high altitude guide
  • Bishkek airport transfers
  • All internal transport by flight, helicopter, minibus and 4WD jeep
  • Medical kit and walkie-talkies for guide use on the mountain
  • Two person tents, group camping equipment & mess tent
  • All climbing and boundary zone permits
  • services above base camp including the use of fixed ropes
  • Porters for the majority of group gear above base camp
  • Climbing guide to climber ratio 1:3
  • porterage during the climb for 10 kg of personal gear

  • Lunch and dinner in Bishkek and dinner in Osh
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Eating utensils above base camp (bring mug, bowl and spork)
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Snacks/energy gels/rehydration tablets etc for summit period (bring enough for two 3 day summit climbs)
  • Personal climbing gear (boots, ice axe, harness etc)
  • Personal porter
  • Any and all costs associated with leaving the expedition early or any changes to the itinerary as described
  • Excess luggage on domestic flights, ticket includes 15 kg of checked luggage and 8 kg of carryon

About Your Leader

Soren Kruse Ledet&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Soren Kruse Ledet</i>

Soren Kruse Ledet is a high altitude mountain guide based in Sydney, Australia. For the past 23 years he has led and participated in more than 60 mountaineering expeditions and challenging treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet. In 2011 Soren reached 27,500 ft during an unassisted ascent of Everest. Soren has successfully summited Ama Dablam 4 times and has led expeditions to Cholatse, Baruntse, Teng Kangpoche and Muztagh Ata among many others. Soren led a successful expedition to Peak Lenin in 2018 and in 2025 returns to Kyrgyzstan. His easygoing nature and professionalism make him a sought after guide and his trips fill quickly.

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