Mountaineering course

 
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Kazakhstan 4-Day Mountaineering Course

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS AND ESSENTIALS OF MOUNTAIN AND ICE CLIMBING, AS WELL AS GLACIER SKILLS.

Day 1:

Suggested direct FlyDubai flight leaves Dubai at 21:30 to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Day 2:

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We will arrive in Almaty at 3:50am, collect our luggage, clear customs and head to the hotel where we will rest. At 10am we will be picked up and shuttled 40 minutes to Medeo rocks. Here we will begin our the first day of our course. Specifically we will learn/practice:

  • Special knots; harness and individual climbing set

  • Ropes, coiling and carrying the rope

  • Basics of rock climbing, rules and elements

  • Fixed rope ascending; rappelling, and

  • Personal safety (rope connection, running self-belay).

After the course we will drive up to Touyuk-Su gorge where we overnight at the Trekking Club Alpine Hut at 2600m.

Day 3:

After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our rock course on the rocks in Touyuk-Su 40 min from the hut. Specifically we will learn/practice

  • Fixed rope ascending/descending with Prusik sling

  • Simple belaying methods (using body and natural objects)

  • Belaying with special devices and equipment

  • Traditional climbing: self-anchoring

Lunch will be on the rocks and after the course (5-6 hours), we will return to the hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4:

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Today we will go onto Manshuk Mametova glacier (3600m) or on the side moraine (depending on the trail conditions) for glacier training. We’ll focus on:

  • Using ice-axe; self-arrest on the snow slopes

  • Glacier traveling methods

  • Glacier safety: fixation of the partner's falling (into crevasse), re-directing of the load

  • Traveling by the icy slopes with crampons and ice-axe

Lunch on the glacier. Get back to the hut after a course, dinner and overnight.

Day 5:

On our final day, we will complete the mountaineering course on the rocks near the hut. Specifically we will learn/practice:

  • Reviewing of special equipment for anchoring (stoppers etc.)

  • Anchoring on rocks (making pitches, stations, points)

  • Traditional climbing/putting own points and stations (running belay)

  • Descending of the last partner

Late in the afternoon we will return to the hut, pack our belongings, and get drop off at a hotel in Almaty.

Day 6:

This morning we will get up early to catch a 4:50 am flight to Dubai.

COST: 3800 AED

Price Includes:

  • Transport in Kazakhstan

  • 2 nts hotel in Almaty (3 star)

  • 3 nts in Trekking Club Alpine Lodge

  • All meals

  • Mountaineering instructor

  • Mountaineering equipment

  • National Park entry fees

Not Included:

  • Flights, visa, personal travel insurance, and alcoholic beverages

Recommended Flight: FlyDubai

Wednesday

  • Dubai 21:30 to Almaty 3:50 + 1day

  • 4h20m nonstop

Monday

  • Almaty 4:50a to Dubai 7:50a

  • 5h nonstop



CLIENT’S RESPONSIBLITY:
Tourist Visa can be obtained online or issued upon arrival at the airport. Please check Kazakhstan’s webpage for the latest prices and regulations. Visa’s are not included in the tour price.

Clients are responsible for ensuring that their passport is up-to-date. Countries can and will deny travelers entry if a passport has less than six months before it expires. This is the clients responsibility.

We highly recommend buying travel insurance to cover any unexpected events. We’ve been using World Nomad (https://www.worldnomads.com/) for years, although you are welcome to use a different company.