Trekking in the Tian Shan Mountains is world-class quality but off the guide books.
Towering peaks frame alpine meadows
Fording a Stream
The Tian Shan mountains are favorites for Chinese Trekkers but almost unknown to Western hikers and not generally listed in the common tour guides. We arranged a trip through a local New Zealander who made all the arrangements. His establishment, FuBar, became our base camp for the preparations.
Set up camp on a beautiful Spring day
Wake up on a beautiful Winter morning
A freak May blizzard blocked our continued trek upward forcing us to turn back on the second day out. Although disappointing, it is rare that you get to see the beauty of the same mountains in both summer and winter on the same trek.