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 22, 09/08/08: Tien Shan
Awoke at 6:00am feeling very hot & clammy; packed up our gear had breakfast & then got the minibus to the airport. Almaty airport is very small with no shops (a bit gutting). The flight back was on time but we ended up circling over Heathrow for about 30mins. When the cloud cleared we looked out & saw a total of 4 other planes either side of us; they looked a little too close for comfort! The landing was rough & on touch-down the plane had swerved making us think the wing would touch - definitely the worst landing I've ever experienced.
Back on British soil & our mission to climb Peak Chapayev 6,230m was complete!