PHOTOS 24-year-old herdsman takes mountaineering training on Muztagh Ata in Xinjiang

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24-year-old herdsman takes mountaineering training on Muztagh Ata in Xinjiang

Xinhua

14:29, May 28, 2021

Bikmirza Turdil feeds yaks at Subax Village of Akto County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 14, 2021. Bikmirza, a 24-year-old Kirghiz herdsman, was born and raised at the foot of the Muztagh Ata, a peak with an elevation of more than 7,500 meters, in the Pamirs of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He started to work as a guide helping climbers carry equipment and supplies at the age of 18. Climbing Muztagh Ata, a symbol of bravery, is even regarded as the coming-of-age ceremony for local youngsters. In Subax Village where Bikmirza lives, more than 100 locals provide guide services for mountaineers from China and abroad. When climbing to a higher altitude, mountaineers are much easier to get lost accordingly. Even worse, raging blizzards and frigid temperatures may befall to them at any point. "We will spare no efforts in rescuing whoever in danger," said Bikmirza. "I'm also proud to give in-time instructions and ease burdens on the climbers' shoulders, a

Bikmirza Turdil (R) takes part in a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 15, 2021. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Bikmirza Turdil (L) takes part in a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2021.(Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

In this combo photo provided by Bikmirza Turdil, Bikmirza serves mountaineers on July 24, 2019 (L, up), Bikmirza shows his place at the elevation of over 6,200 meters in 2019 (R, up), and mountaineering base camp is seen on June 22, 2019, on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Xinhua)

Bikmirza Turdil exercises at home at Subax Village of Akto County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2021. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Bikmirza Turdil (R) takes part in a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2021. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Bikmirza Turdil takes part in a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2021. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Photo taken on May 15, 2021 shows hands of Bikmirza Turdil during a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Bikmirza Turdil (R) takes part in a targeted training on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 15, 2021.(Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Photo taken on May 15, 2021 shows a portrait of Bikmirza Turdil on the Muztagh Ata in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

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