In 2008, after joining the mount coach climbing program for 18 months we set up our team and traveled to a remote corner of Kazakhstan. Over here, we found the beautiful 7010m high Khan Tengri.
Two coaches, Sanne Bosteels and Christophe Bingham where in charge of a us, a group youngsters; Sam Van Brempt, Yannick De Bièvre, An Laenen, An Houttequiet, Koen De Backer and Joris Van Reeth.
A helicopter flight brought us to the basecamp on the North Inylchek glacier just in front of Khan Tengri’s massive North Face. As acclimatization we attempted a nearby 5900m high peak named Pik khazakstan. Loose snow slowed us down and finally stopped our climb 400 meters below the summit.
Back in basecamp, we took a few resting days and felt ready to get a try on Khan Tengri. A week later the eight of us were installed at the huge platform halfway the north ridge which is the second camp (5700 m ). Bad weather came into the range so we needed to rest for 3 days at this camp but we got a chance to get in better shape. We heard people made snow caves at the col, which would be our third camp so we opted to climb further without tent.
On 11 august, in a long but beautiful day we climbed from camp 3 to summit and back.
Pictures by Sam Van Brempt