The aim of our expedition was to explore and climb in a set of unexplored and poorly documented valleys
in the Djenghi-Djer mountain range in south-eastern Kyrgyzstan. We decided to travel on horseback for
speed and flexibility, and also intended to attempt unclimbed peaks at heights of c.4,000 – 4,700m.
The attempt to combine exploring and mountaineering meant, perhaps, that we were limited in both. For
example, spending many days at base camps waiting for weather windows to climb meant that the
exploration was nowhere near as thorough as the Kyoto inspiration. But as jacks of all trades, it was very
enjoyable to combine both these aims. Between July and August 2016, we rode in to the northern valleys
of the Djenghi-Djer, explored widely and established four base camps. We made five ascents of peaks up
to 4,436m, as well as climbing one prominent point. Of the five peaks, we believe four to be first ascents
(one was more accessible and had a cairn on the summit). Two of the peaks were nice Alpine climbs,
while three were scree / rock scrambles. Apart from that, the range still has an abundance of prospects
for ambitious mixed climbing firsts.