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Trekking in the Tian Shan

Join a TeamJames Hipkiss

This summer I'm doing a two week volunteer project in Kyrgyzstan at Karakol on the edge of the Central Tian Shan. After the project I'm looking to do some trekking or easy mountaineering (or even climbing) probably in the Terskey Alatau. I am looking for both advice and partners.Advice: any recommendations of good trekking routes in this area. Advice on what to take. Will I get away with just a pair of good approach shoes and a bivy bag or will I want boots and a tent? Will I be able to get any camping gas in the area or will I need a petrol stove? What are the best maps for the area and where can I get them from? Are there any good guidebooks? Is it worth taking mountaineering stuff? Are there any suitable easy routes (PD or below) and where could I get information on them? Finally any trad or sport climbing to recommend itself in the country.Partner: My project finishes on the 10th of August and I intend to spend about two weeks in the area although this is flexible as I have not booked my flights yet. I have a good amount of trekking experience both in the UK (Scotland), Nepal, Iceland, Patagonia, Central Chile and around Europe. I also hold an ML. In terms of mountaineering I have had one fairly unsuccessful trip to the Alps and done bits and pieces of winter climbing in the UK. I generally lead around VS/HVS trad and 6a-6b sport. I would naturally be looking for someone fit, experienced but most importantly with enthusiasm and a willingness to suffer.