khan tengri above north engilchek glacier
|elevation||7,010 m (23,000 ft)|
|prominence||1,685 m (5,528 ft) |
|isolation||19.88 kilometres (12.35 mi)|
|listing||country high point|
|coordinates||42°12′39″n 80°10′30″e / 42°12′39″n 80°10′30″e / 42.21083; 80.17500
|location||ak-suu district, issyk-kul region, kyrgyzstan|
raiymbek district, almaty region, kazakhstan
wensu county, xinjiang, china
|parent range||tian shan|
|first ascent||1931 mikhail pogrebetsky|
|easiest route||glacier/snow/ice/rock climb|
khan tengri is a mountain of the tian shan mountain range. it is located on the china—kyrgyzstan—kazakhstan border, east of lake issyk kul. its geologic elevation is 6,995 m (22,949 ft), but its glacial cap rises to 7,010 m (22,999 ft). for this reason, in mountaineering circles, including for the soviet snow leopard award criteria, it is considered a 7,000-metre peak.
khan tengri is the second-highest mountain in the tian shan, surpassed only by jengish chokusu (means "victory peak", formerly known as peak pobeda) (7,439 m). khan tengri is the highest point in kazakhstan and the third-highest peak in kyrgyzstan, after jengish chokusu (7,439 m) and avicenna peak (7,134 m). it is also the world's most northern 7,000-metre peak, notable because peaks of high latitude have a shorter climbing season, generally more severe weather and thinner air.