Mustagh Ata (7546m, 24750ft) lies in western China, about
25 Kilometers east of Tajikstan and about 75 kilometers north
of Pakistan. It was attempted in 1947 by the famous British
climbers Shipton and Tilman, who turned back only about 100m
below the summit exhausted from making a trail in the deep
soft snow and suffering from altitude sickness and frostbite.
The same three problems of deep soft snow, altitude and severe
cold, have plagued climbers ever since. Otherwise, it is an