From July 1, tourists will have access to Mount Khan Tengri from Kazakhstan

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ALMATY (TCA) — From July 1 to September 1, 2016 tourists will have the opportunity to get to Mount Khan Tengri in the central Tien Shan from the territory of Kazakhstan, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported.  

After the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan in 2010, the bridge across the border river Karkar to the mountain area Char Kuduk was closed. As a result, the tourist resources of Kazakhstan — the mountains of Central Tien-Shan and its Mount Khan Tengri — were not available for foreign and local climbers from Kazakhstan’s territory. Using this situation, Kyrgyz tour operators actively promoted inbound tourism, taking foreign tourists to the mountains of Central Tien Shan from the Kyrgyz side.

To solve this problem the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan together with the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan developed an intergovernmental agreement between Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic to regulate Kazakh-Kyrgyz border crossing by tourist groups. It will annually open seasonal entry to the approved mountain tourist routes in five locations (the bridge over the river Karkar in the mountains Char Kuduk, merging of rivers Kokzhar and Chon-Dzhanalach, Ashutor pass, Sarybulak pass, and Ozernyi pass) for groups of tourists during summer alpine seasons from 1st of June to 1st of October.

Sergey Kwan

TCA