1 day. Group gathering in Almaty
Participants in the trip buy tickets and fly (come by train) to Kazakhstan on their own. In Alma-Ata (Almaty) it is relatively inexpensive to fly with S7 ($ 250 from Moscow) and Azerbaijan Airlines ($ 265 from Kiev). The instructor will fly from Kiev. Group gathering and meeting with the instructor takes place in Almaty in a pre-booked hostel (we are doing this). You can take a taxi or bus from the airport to the hostel.
Around 20:00, when everyone flies and walks up, the group gathers in a hostel in a shared 10-15-bed room. The instructor distributes products (about 3 kg per person for the acclimatization ring and 5 kg for the second part of the route) and fuel (we will cook mainly on the burners), checks the equipment, talks about plans for tomorrow.