Peak Han-Tengri

Ak-Suu District

Our tours passing through Peak Han-Tengri

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Khan-Tengri Peak belongs to the Tengri-Tag ridge of Tien-Shan mountains, which lies between borders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. This peak has been known since ancient times and it was described by ancient Chinese authors and travelers. In mythology of ancient people, it was known as a place of the habitat of one of the deities- the goddess of human destinies of Tengri.  Khan-Tengri peak in translation from Turkic means The Lord of Heaven.


Sometimes at sunset the marble on the top of the mountain in the sunshine rays and gleams with red colour – for this the local people call the "Kantau" or "Kan-too" mountain - a bloody mountain.

In the middle of the XIX century, the mountain was described by the famous Russian traveler Petr Petrovich Semyonov Tyan-Shansky.


It's amusing that the height of the mountain does not reach 5 meters, to bear the proud name of the “semitysyachnik” peak (6,995 meters), but if you take into account the height of glacier that is on top of the peak, is determined at 7010 meters.


Khan-Tengri is not the only dominant peak in this region, there are other two famous peaks nearby - it’s Victory Peak and Tent Peak (western and eastern) and many other notable peaks.


The first conquering of Khan-Tengri peak was made in 1931 by an expedition from the USSR led by Mikhail Pogrebetsky. That time there we took a risk of unknown height and unknown route, but there was another danger of meeting “Bostmatsi” on the way, who used to work up there.


Khan-Tengri peak is included in the list of peaks, having conquered which, mountaineer receives an honorary badge "Snow leopard". This badge was used to be given to the conquerors of “semitysyachnik” peaks of Ex-Soviet Union expanses.


The mountaineer who climbs to the top of the mountain, can find a capsule with the names of all climbers who has already conquered that peak. Because of the low pressure, it should be written with a pencil, and after that the capsule with the names is buried back.


The difficulty of climb to the top of Khan-Tengri peak is estimated at 5A-5B-6A. In total, there are about 25 different routes, but experienced guides know almost every slope here and can help to climb. From the South to the North there are mountaineering camps.

Khan-Tengri peak is one of the few peaks awarded the honor of being printed on national currency bills: you can see its image on 100 Kyrgyz som bill of 2002.