First CET Neva expedition to Muztagh-Ata (7546 m), summer 2001.

Text and photos by S. Kalmykov

The expedition was organized in close collaboration with Andrew Yershov and his tourist agency ERSH TRAVELS. It consisted of a CET Neva guide, six French and one British participants, and two members of Chinese personnel.

Following to the French group wishes, the total duration of the expedition (from Bishkek to Bishkek) had been extended up to 33 days - from July 15 up to August 16.

Expedition people in the BC after return from the summit (from left to right):

standing -
Chinese interpreter and BC organizer,
Serguei Kalmykov, 62 years old, – CET Neva guide and expedition leader,
two our guests – Pakistan guide from a Spanish expedition and Maxim Malanchuk, TV reporter from Moscow,
Denis Farison, 33,
Renaud Marie Bernard Lapierre, 29,
Stephane Marmottan, 31;

sitting -
Julian Martin Woolhouse, 44,
Laurent Jacques Leseigneur, 30,
Laurence Roussel, 28, and
Joël Chebassier, 30, French group leader.

Serguei, Julian and whole the French team except for Laurence (seven persons altogether) summited at August 3. See acclimatization and ascent diagram on the right.

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