OverviewChimtarga (5489 m) is the highest peak in the Fan Mountains. Located near the Mutnye Lakes, it has no trivial walk-up route to the summit. The ascent routes start either from the Mutnye Lakes or from the Right Zindon valley. The Right Zindon valley can be reached either by hiking in from west via the Big Allo Lake, or from east via the Mutnye Lakes by crossing over the 4750 m high Chimtarga pass, which lies between the peaks Energia (5120 m) and Chimtarga.
Getting ThereA usual starting point for climbing in the area is the mountaineers' camp "Vertical-Alaudin"(2641 m) in the Chapdara Valley near the gorgeous Alaudin Lakes. From there it is an easy 7 km hike of about 3 hours up to the Mutnye Lakes (3519 m). There is a possibility to hire donkeys at "Vertical-Alaudin".
For more information, see the chapters "Getting There and Getting Around" and "Accommodation - Places to Stay - Camping" in the Fan Mountains page.
RoutesThe established routes vary from Russian grade 2b to 6a (description of the Russian climbing grades can be found here). The website of "Vertical-Alaudin" contains detailed information about the more difficult routes on Chimtarga (in Russian only). These links are included in the following table.
|Grade (Russian)||Characteristics||Orientation||First Ascent (Leader, Year)||Starting Point|
|2b||mixed||from north via the Mirali pass||A. Mukhin, 1937||Right Zindon valley|
|4a||ice-snow||from east via the Don (Avlo) pass||Mutnye Lakes|
|4a||ice-snow||from SE||A. Sibirtcev, 1936||Mutnye Lakes|
|4b||mixed||east buttress||A. Mineev, 1986||Mutnye Lakes|
|5a||mixed||NW face||I. Barkhatov, 1967||Right Zindon valley|
|5a||mixed||SW buttress||L. Kaluzhskii, 1967||Right Zindon valley|
|5b||rock||south face||V. Ianov, 1976||Mutnye Lakes|
|5b||rock||south face-SE ridge||V. Stadnik, 1983||Mutnye Lakes|
|6a||rock||west face||S. Prusakov, 1974||Right Zindon valley|
|6a||rock||west face||S. Soldatov, 2006||Right Zindon valley|
Red TapeNo fees (environmental, climbing, etc.) as for 2011. Travellers (with a tourist visa) staying maximum 1 month are exempt from the OVIR registration as for 2011. As the conditions are vulnerable to change please check with the Tajik embassy and/or your local agency in Tajikistan.
For visas and registration, see also the chapter "Red Tape (Visas, Border Crossing, Registration etc.)" in the Fan Mountains page.
When to ClimbThe mountaineering season is from June to September (July and August being the most popular months), when the weather is usually stable, warm and dry.
- A topographic map of the Fan Mountains
- A map of the area by V. Kopylov. Mountaineers' camp "Vertical-Alaudin" is marked as "Base camp" on this map.
- 1:100 000 topographic map of the Fan Mountains by EWP
- Russian military topographic maps (scale 1:100 000 and 1:200 000) at Mapstor.com
- Russian military topographic maps (scale 1:50 000 and 1:100 000) at Poehali.org