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Muztagh Ata is the second highest mountain of the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and is located between the Pamirs and Kunlun Shan. It is one of the most famous climbing mountains over 7000 meters due to its easy climbable western slope.
The first attempt to reach the summit of Muztagh Ata has been made by the Swedish mountaineer Sven Hedin already in 1894. In 1947 Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman were reported to almost reach the summit, but it was not before 1956 when a group of Chinese mountaineers reached the top.
Since then, Muztagh Ata has become a famous mountain to climb and many successful ascents have been made as the standard south-western ridge route is technically quite easy for modern mountaineers. Indeed, Muztagh Ata is probably the easiest 7000 meter peak to climb in the world. Today, the mountain even offers great fun for Skiers, skiing down the nice west slope of the mountain.
Although the climb is technically easy, acclimatization and changing weather patterns have to be taken care of when climbing Muztagh Ata. The biggest danger in climbing this mountain is not allowing for enough acclimatize time and attempting to too quickly.
If you plan to climb Muztagh Ata, days must be factored-in for acclimatizing. July and August are the best months to climb Muztagh Ata, but these two months can also be quite wet, so consider enough waiting time when you plan a tour. Indeed, it is not unusual during July and August to get 20 cm to 30 cm of snowfall in one day. Also, the elevation of the Muztagh Ata base camp (4500m) tends to be at about snowline during the summer months which means that precipitation there will alternate between rain and snow making soil conditions muddy.
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