Marble Wall peak expedition 2020 (6261m) within a joint team with guaranteed dates (24.07 – 12.08 August 2020)
If you want to apply for this expedition you have to make a prepayment before 1 june 2020. This is
essential since applications for permits should be sent two months before the expedition starts. We shall not accept the later requests.
Attention!!! You need an insurance policy!
Please inform us if you prefer a vegetarian meal or a special meal for religious reasons, or need a special meal because of your medical diet. You can order a variety of special meals on our trips.
Marble Wall peak is the most northern “6000er” in Asia (6261m) and is the highest point of Bayankol region. Located on the Kazakhstan and China border, it is also a meeting point of Meridional and Sarydzhas mountain ridges. This mighty massif is visible from Kegen-Tekes trench. There is a one-kilometer-long wall of black and yellow marble with an overhanging icy cap to the west from the snow peak. The Marble Wall is surrounded by magnificent peaks such as Bayankol peak (5790m), Karlytau peak (5550m), Kazakhstan peak (5761m),
Pogranichnik peak (5250m) and other four- and five-thousanders.There are few technically easy but long routes along the aretes and mountain slopes (about 40°). As we climb up, we establish our camps at 4300m, 5300m and then on 5900m. The scenery during this ascent is one of the finest
in the Central Tian-Shan, with the highest peaks visible, such as Khan-Tengri peak, Pobeda peak and many other
surrounding peaks and glaciers of Kazakhstan and China.
The Marble Wall area is the most accessible area in Kazakhstani part of the Central Tyan-Shan since you can
reach it by land. There is a rough track in the Bayankol gorge that leads to the gold mine of Zharkulak. Then we make further 12 km of our way up to the foot of Sarydzhas ridge, on foot or horseback. This part of the trek is relatively easy and will not cause any troubles. But you need to consider a long way (380 km, 5-6 hours on car and 12 km, 4-5 hours trekking to the base camp). The base camp is nestled right next to the Marble Wall peak, in high alpine meadows by the Sary-Goynou, the
riverhead of Bayankol river. From the camp you can enjoy a majestic view of Sarydzhas ridge snow wall, all along from the Marble Wall to Semyonov peak. The early pioneers in the Marble Wall climbing history were explorers and travelers. They used to head towards Khan Tengri being completely sure that it is located at the riverhead of Bayankol river but always ended up at the foot of Marble Wall. That made Gotfrid Merzbacher, German explorer and one of the most experienced mountaineers of those days, want to come to Bayankol circus in 1902 and unravel the intricate. He investigated the real location of Khan Tengri and was first to describe the Marble Wall. He even made an attempt to climb it. You have to obtain a frontier zone permit if you want to visit Bayankol gorge since it is close to the China-Kazakhstan border.
Program of expedition with guaranteed dates:
Day 1. Arrival in Almaty. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. During the dinner, acquaintance with the guides.
Day 2. Departure from Almaty to the border crossing checkpoint “Bayankol” (2234m) – 380km. Crossing the
frontier. Drive to the Zharkulak gold mine (2500m). Trekking to the Marble wall base camp (3200m) – 12 km.
Day 3-18. Ascent to Marble wall peak.
Day 19. Closing off the expedition. Departure from the mountain area. Transfer to Almaty. Accommodation in
Day 20. Departure of the expedition members.
Cost of the expedition in 2020: $1700 p/p.
The price includes:
Meeting and seeing-off at the airport or railway stations in Almaty
Accommodation in a hotel in Almaty with breakfast (on arrival and departure days only)
Delivery of cargo on a horses to the base camp (not more than 30 kg p/p)
Transfer according to the program
Lunch boxes during the transfers
Tent accommodation and 3 times hot meals in Marble wall base camp
Professional mountain guide
Registration in rescue team support
Border zone permits
Official registration with the authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan
During the ascent, all equipment (tents, food, gas, burners) will be distributed evenly between the guidesand participants.
The price does not include:
Insurance and cost of rescue team support (minimum insurance coverage must be at least $35 000)
Additional night stays in hotel in Almaty
Meals in Almaty
Alcoholic beverages in BC
Also you may order high-altitude porter (who carries up to 10 kg a day up to Camp 3), very qualified, the cost –1000 USD.
The order of high-altitude porter should be done one months in advance.
Rent of equipment:
Sleeping bag (RedFox Arctic -25, w 2 kg) 5$ per day
Ice axe 30$ per program
Harness + ascender + 3 carabiners 50$ per program
Helmet 30$ per program
Satelite phone «Thuraya»: 5$/min
Having an insurance certificate is a condition of booking a expedition.
1) GLOBAL VOYAGER CAN NOT INTERVENE as an insurance company assistant
2) The sum of the policy must cover not less than USD 35 000
3) In the field "occupation" (or "sports practice") "Mountaineering" must be notified
4) As Country of stay - Kazakhstan
5) The effective dates of the insurance policy must be included and coincide with the dates of Stay in Kazakhstan
6) The insurance policy must cover at least "first aid" and "transport of affected by helicopter if necessary" (be
sure of this point to be included during the formalization of the insurance policy)
Before the formalization of the policy, make sure which assistant operates the insurance company in question.
Please remember: our company does not work with GLOBAL VOYAGER assistant. In case the client has
purchased an insurance policy in any company whose assistant is GLOBAL VOYAGER, medical and
transportation expenses will be borne by the client involved.
- High-altitude tent
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Backpack (50 l or more)
- High-altitude cookware to cook in the camps higher than BC
- Ice axe
- Belay/rappel device
- Screw gate carabiners (3 pcs)
- Belay device
- Telescopic trekking poles
- Insulated travel flask or water bottle
- Sunscreen with high SPF
- Personal hygiene facilities
- Personal First Aid Kit
Clothing and footwear:
- Trekking boots
- Sandals (Crocs or similar)
- Mountaineering boots for 6000+
- Down jacket
- Down pants
- Waterproof jacket (GoreTex or similar)
- Waterproof overtrousers (GoreTex or similar)
- Polartec Jacket 200
- Polartec trousers 200
- Polartec thermal underwear 100
- Base underwear
- Fleece gloves, 2 pairs (Polartec or similar)
- Warm mittens for high altitudes (2 pairs)
- Thick thermal socks (4-5 pairs)
- Warm hat
- Windproof face mask
- Ski goggles (preferred)
- Long johns (snow-resistant)
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.