Fly to: Almaty Kazakhstan
Internal Transfer: Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Karakol (Kyrgyzstan) in minibus (9hrs 30mins)
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan - Inylchek (9hrs) in an Ex-Soviet off road Military Truck
Ex-Soviet military helicopter flight up the Inylchek glacier (35mins)
Visa required: Yes if British for both Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan
Currency:Tenge (Kazakhstan) & Som (Kyrgyzstan)
Time Zone:+6hrs GMT
Day 14, 01/08/08: Tien Shan
We had a lie in this morning, for which we were very grateful. Once again we cooked up our infamous, specialty noodles - there was more than enough for two helpings & even a few Russian climbers brought over their bowls.
Today was spent sorting what personal gear we were going to need for our time at camp 2; once again it was easy for me as my standard kit is still...well 'standard'. Had lamb pilaf for dinner, it had 'recommended by Sir Ranaulph Fiennes' on the packet so I figured if it's good enough for him then guess I'll make do!
The heat today has been intense & we've all been amazed by the amount of rock & ice falls we've witnessed.