Zigzagging in the Fann Mountains (August 8-23, 2006):

From Artuch to Lake Big Allo

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August 8: We left the town of Penjikent in the morning, after buying fresh food at the bazaar. We drove to the Artuch mountain center, a comfortable hut where we spent the night. In the afternoon, Slava and I hiked up to lakes Chukurak and Ziorat above Artuch.

 

Lake Chukurak seen while hiking up to lake Ziorat. Artuch (not visible) is further down.

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The clear water of lake Ziorat.

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August 9: We hiked up over an easy pass to reach lakes Kulikalon, where we set our first camp (2800m). These lakes are dominated by two huge rock walls that attract many Russian climbers.

 

Main Kulikalon lake, with one rock wall behind. The highest summit on the left is peak Maria (4970m).

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Another view of the main Kulikalon lake, from another location.

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Our campsite at another lake (Dushakha), near the second rock wall.

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The second rock wall seen from our campsite at lake Dushakha.

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Reflection of rock wall on lake Dushakha.

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The rock wall at sunset and sunrise (collage of a photo taken at sunset, the leftmost third, and another photo taken at sunrise, the other two thirds on the right).

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Other views of the rock wall:

- Central section.

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- Eastern section

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Small glacier at the base of the rock wall.

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August 10: We crossed Alaudin pass (3860m) to reach the Alaudin lakes. These are arguably the most beautiful lakes in the Fann mountains.

 

View over the Pasrud valley (toward the north-east) while descending from Alaudin pass.

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View over the main two Alaudin lakes.

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A smaller Alaudin lake.

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August 11: In the morning we hiked up to lake Mutnyi (3600m) below Chimtarga peak, where we established our camp for two nights. In the afternoon, I went to VAA pass (4100m, south-east of Mutnyi lake), which dominates the Kaznok river on its southern side. A few days later we will be hiking along Kaznok river.

 

Early morning reflection over an Alaudin lake.

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Cup lake (I cannot remember its local name, but it means ″cup″).

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Looking back at Alaudin lakes and Pasrud valley before reaching lake Mutnyi. The descent from Alaudin pass (on the left) is hidden.

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Energia peak (5120m) on the left and Chimtarga peak on the right (5489m) peaks seen before reaching lake Mutnyi. Chimtarga peak is the highest point in the Fann mountains.

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Reflection on lake Mutnyi.

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Lake Mutnyi seen from above at the beginning of the ascent of VAA pass.

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More views of Energia and Chimtarga peaks, with Chimtarga pass between them, on the way to VAA pass.

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Other views (toward the north) during the ascent VAA pass, with lake Mutnyi visible at the bottom.

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VAA pass viewed from the ridge above it. It is quite steep on both sides.

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View of Chimtarga peak from VAA pass.

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August 12-13: On August 12 we did a carry to our camp at 4500m below Chimtarga pass and on August 13 we moved to that camp.

 

Energia and Chimtarga peaks at sunrise seen from our camp at lake Mutnyi.

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Another view of peak Energia at the beginning of the ascent.

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View during the ascent.

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Looking east from further up. The big peak on the left is Big Ganza (5308m).

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Another view toward the east in the late afternoon sun.

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Slava (left) and Mishra (right) at our camp below Chimtarga pass.

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Chimtarga pass (4740m) viewed from our camp.

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August 14: We crossed Chimtarga pass (4740m) and made a long descent into the large canyon of the Zindon river. This canyon leads to lake Bolshoi (Big) Allo (3180m) where we established our camp for two nights.

 

At Chimtarga pass.

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Beginning of the descent.

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Looking back at Chimtarga pass.

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Reaching the mineral Zindon canyon, with Slava is visible at the bottom of the photo.

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Further down into the Zindon canyon.

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Reaching Big Allo lake. We will continue our trek toward the South along the canyon visible on this photo.

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Big Allo lake viewed later in the afternoon from its southern end.

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Link to the photos of the second part of the trek: From Lake Big Allo to Gazza Village.

 

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