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The Ratsek trail is the main trail going from the parking lot to the Ratsek Base camp near the Ak Sai Glacier. This area holds great climbing across many different disciplines. Water ice, alpine ice, mountaineering, alpine trad, some occasional boulders, and some great hiking.
From the parking lot you will almost immediately turn left on a trail going through the forest. The first hour or so is an uphill trudge, but that gives way to a relatively flat section of the trail that breaks off to the right. Follow that to a nice wooded rest area and continue up on the right hand trail towards the Ratsek base camp. Total hiking time to base camp is about 5 hours on average.
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Schwaba 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Asia : Kyrgyzstan : ... : Ratsek Trail and Ak Sai Gla...
This climb offers solid rock, good belay ledges and amazing views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The crux is on the last pitch. A 70m rope will allow you to connect some pitches. ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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