Khan Tengri

Photo of Khan Tengri

Photo by Beno Kashakashvili

Details

Elevation (feet): 22,998
Elevation (meters): 7,010
Continent: Asia
Country: Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan
Range/Region: Central Tien Shan
Latitude: 42.2108
Longitude: 80.175
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1931
First successful climber(s): M.T. Pogrebetsky's expedition
Nearest major airport: Almaty, Kazakhstan, в?mqi, China, Moscow, Russia
Convenient Center: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Karakol, Kyrgzystan

Description

Khan Tengri is a huge icy pyramid, located just south of the point where Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and China's borders meet. The mountain is the center of a small knot around which the Tian Shan's highest peaks are clustered. Khan Tengri is the second highest peak of the Tian Shan, and until 1946 was believed to be the highest. Pik Pobeda (7,439 m.), a short distance south, is now known to be the range's highest peak. The actual elevation of Khan Tengri is subject to some debate. The official elevation is often listed as 6,995 meters, fifteen meters less than that shown above (7,010). The former figure is the elevation of the highest solid point, which was by definition the "highest point" in USSR geological surveys. The higher figure is the elevation of a cornice on the summit, from which climbers can look down upon the survey sign.