Overview of our plans: Fly to Kyrgyzstan and spend a few days organising food in Bishkek. Catch a bus to Karakol (a smaller city). From here take a 4WD (prearranged) to Engilchek village, and beyond as far as we can drive. After being dropped off, hike South down the West bank of the Sarydjaz river, up the Taldybulak Valley. Set up a base camp at the head of the Taldybulak Valley and remain here for around 3 weeks, acclimatising and climbing peaks nearby. The ultimate goal is to climb the tallest peak in the valley, Peak Ushat.
11/08: Depart Australia
12/08: Arrive in Bishkek.
12/08 - 14/08: Shopping and preparation in Bishkek.
14/08: Catch bus to Karakol.
15/08: Drive from Karakol to Engilchek (Inylchek) Village; continue driving to the end of the road.
15/08-17/08: Hiking in and transporting gear.
17/08- 11/09: Acclimatising and climbing peaks in the Taldybulak Valley (see map).
11/09: Hiking out and transporting gear out.
12/09: Drive from pick-up location to Karakol.
13/09: Bus from Karakol to Bishkek
16/09: Fly back to Australia.
17/09: Arrive in Sydney.
Maps and more details at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Jaa8EkD5K0OBJU0a5FZmT6PvQLy8Q2SJ
I've been to Kyrgyzstan and Ala Archa, but haven't been anywhere near where we're climbing.
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