Tagchagpuri North Ridge

Tagchagpuri North Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 33.48590°N / 82.22500°E
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Expedition
Additional Information Difficulty: 50° snow
Sign the Climber's Log


Way up from NorthLower part of ascent on gravel hills.
Ascent on the glacierOnto the glacier.
Before the steep partThe glacier part of the ascent.

The route up the north ridge to East summit of Tagchagpuri is technically not very difficult. The return trip from base camp (5170 m) to summit (6430 m) can be done in one day. It is approximately 7 km walking distance one way.

Tagchagpuri North ridge routeRoute on Google Earth

Possible difficulties:
Ascent on 50° snow with icy patches is very exposed to wind. This is to be taken into serious account, as most of the time there are hard winds from western directions.
Deep snow on the glacier can be time consuming and tiring.
Crevasses are not a big risk if ascending from North.

Getting There

Start in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. Travel to Domar, a settlement at km marker 830 of road 219 (Yecheng-Ali road). About 10 km south-west of Domar, a newly constructed gravel road forks from road 219 in south-east direction towards Yanhu. Follow this road until a flat pass with prayer flags at 33.18367°N 81.22588°E, then find a small track leading due east. The track leads over a pass of 5202 m at 33.51419°N 82.14132°E which is located within 5 km of the north-west base of the mountain.

Leave the track and go past the northern side of the mountain massif to the deep canyon with a large river flowing North.

Route Description

1. Base camp was set at the river (33.54494°N 82.21062°E, altitude 5170 m). This spot is nicely accessible traveling in from North and West. In addition, it provides shelter from wind and gives reliable access to water.
Base camp at the river
2. Walk up the ridge on the left side of a small deep valley. The ridge is easy to walk on, although ground is sandy at times. The ridge leads over a saddle at about 5500 m altitude. On the other side of the saddle, a steep 200 m descent to a high valley is necessary. The high valley (5300 m) is a beautiful spot with grass meadows and granite boulders and it would also make a suitable place for a camp. It is possible to avoid the first saddle by initially following the large river upstream until it forks and then following the right river arm up to the high valley. However, this probably is 4 km longer walking distance and may be difficult in the narrow river valley.
A view North from the ridge to Tagchagpuri glacier
3. Leave the high valley and walk over a broad ridge covered with small granite rocks. Walking is easy. The glacier and summit pyramid is clearly visible.
4. At 5750 m easy access to the glacier is possible. The glacier entry point here is in extension of a flat NE ridge leading up to West summit. On the glacier, walk towards E summit. Watch out for crevasses at the glacier front where the glacier extends towards the saddle between both peaks.
Tagchagpuri glacier
5. On the glacier, walk towards E summit. Avoid to be too close to the glacier front. Deep snow on the glacier can make progress very slow.
6. Follow a band of rocks in direction of the E summit. At about 6000 m altitude the bottom of the steep pyramid is reached. Depending on snow and wind conditions, ascent is best at either side of the rock band that form the north ridge. I used the hard pressed snow very close to the ridge on its East side.
Tagchagpuri summit pyramid
7. Look up to see where you are heading for...
A view up on hard pressed snow
8. It's about 40° slope on the lower part of the summit ascent, and 50° in the top part.
On the Tagchagpuri glacier
9. On the upper part of the ascent. Where the slope ends towards the summit there are patches of deep snow that has been accumulated by the wind. However, there are no cornices.
Up on Tagchagpuri summit pyramid
10. The rock band of the north ridge ends on a broad plateau. This is not the highest point yet, but it allows a view of the W summit.
View from Tagchagpuri
11. The highest point is about 100 m almost flat walking to E from where the north ridge ends.
Tagchagpuri summit
12. Use the same route to go down.
Descent from Tagchagpuri

Essential Gear

Warm clothing
Ice axe

View from Summit

360° View from Tagchagpuri summit; View starts NNE and turns E



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