Muztagh Ata preparation

Flights
There are a number of ways of getting to Muztagh Ata. The mountain sits in the far West of China close to the borders of Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, it is possible to fly in to any of these neighboring countries and travel by land over the border into China. The other option is to fly into China and take a combination of internal flights and land travel to get to the mountain its self. The advantage of this method is that only one visa is required and that we avoid any border control issues related to international politics. We will advise what we judge to be the most efficient transport arrangement for each trip. Coordination and purchasing of any internal flights will almost certainly be carried out by Adventure Alternative in order to keep everyone together. We are also able to negotiate better rates with a group.

Vaccinations and Travel Health
There are currently no required vaccinations required for entry to China however you should consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding existing conditions or health issues.

We have a contract with Interhealth in London which can provide expert travel advice and guidance on travel in any country. Benefits include:
* Free travel consultations and health advice with a medical team to discuss pre-travel requirements such as malaria prevention and vaccination requirements. Tel: 020 7902 9033- 2-3pm Mon-Fri or doctors@interhealth.org.uk
* Access to our own Online Travel Health Advice Centre
* Urgent medical advice – for serious health issues, available 24 hours a day. emergency phone line: 079 7325 0026

Baggage

Please clearly mark your luggage with your own contact details and contact details for Adventure Alternative in China which we will supply prior to departure.

Insurance
We advise you to take out your insurance as soon as possible to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip. You need to ensure that you have a policy which covers trekking to 7546m, but it does not need to cover technical climbing. You should bring with you a copy of your policy and ensure that other people knows where you keep it. It is also worth bringing a photocopy of your passport and to keep it separate to your own documents just in case you lose your passport. Please also see our 'More Information' page entitled 'Insurance'.

Adventure Alternative is a member of AiTO (Association of Independant Tour Operators) and a bonded member of ABTOT, which ensures complete protection for your money.

Visa
You will need to apply for a Chinese visa well in advance of travelling. For this purpose you may need invitation letters from a Chinese organisation, which we will arrange and supply. It is essential that you complete all applications absolutely correctly and follow all the relevant procedures to ensure that there are no nasty suprises later on. See 'Visa' section on the right hand side of this page under the 'More Info' tab.

Money

The local currency in China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). You can obtain Yuan in the UK prior to travel and this is reccommended. There are ATMs in larger towns which take Visa and Mastercard, and there are banks with forex facilities. Be aware that the exchange rate offered at the airport is likely to be unfavourable. Do also remember to have small denomination notes because many local places will not be able to offer change for large notes. You can take sterling, euro or dollars, and change it easily. If you are travelling from Northern Ireland then remember to bring Bank of England sterling notes, not the Northern Irish sterling notes which are not recognised. 

Arrival

Adventure Alternative staff will meet you in Beijing although you may find that you end up travelling by the same means prior to this. We will open discussions of travel arrangements prior to the trip so that group members can share information and possibly team up in the UK or other locations and travel together. We will advise our rendezvous point for a specific trip well in advance of departure.

We will arrange a team briefing with the whole team prior to starting the ascent of the mountain. This will include your guides who will take you though all the equipment and techniques that you will need for a safe and enjoyable trip.