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  • 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

  • Journal:Click here

Day 16, 03/08/08: Tien Shan

Had an awful nights' sleep, kept waking up totally disorientated & was having major difficulties breathing - quite amazing how the effects of altitude make you suddenly aware of your own body. We awoke to extremely high winds & blizzard snow this morning, thankfully it was scheduled as a rest day anyway (just hope it picks up tomorrow for our summit attempt). During a half hour weather break we rallied rations & cooked up a cracking noodle broth, we'd just delivered the full cups to the individual tents when another storm blew in. Our guide informed us that we would be leaving camp at 5:15am tomorrow morning with a turn-around time of 7 hours - Bring it on! Can't wait, though admittedly just standing up makes me feel extremely dizzy & light headed!