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 5, 23/07/08: Tien Shan
Up at 8:00am for a leisurely breakfast at base camp, today would be spent acclimatizing; so I took the opportunity to wash up some underwear. The walk to & from the toilet (a term used loosely!) was exhausting. Bizarre as it was only 150m away; even the slightest of movements proved hard on the lungs (even those of the bowel!).
There was a beautiful clear blue sky overhead & the view of Chapaynev was looking all the more daunting with each passing minute. I borrowed Mischa's (base camp co-ordinator) binoculars to have a closer look & I could see some climbers & their tracks on the mountain! OMG! Cold sweats, cold sweats!
In the afternoon we practiced roping-up for glacial travel; some of the knots practiced were slightly different to previously learnt but hey-ho it's all good! The weather once again came in pretty bad during the late afternoon; this seems to be the general weather pattern here. Oh & most significantly i had my 1st poo today!