Traverse of Turkestan range ― South-West Kyrgyzstan (2011)

Leg 3: From Aksu valley to Karasu pass (July 18-20)

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In Aksu valley we had our first delivery of food, including some fresh apples and tomatoes. We ascended Aktubek pass (marked 1.9.2 on the map below), descended into the valley of the Rtachashma river, before crossing Kosh-Maynok and Karasu passes (1.8.2 and 1.8.4, respectively), which lead into the Karasu valley (Karavshin area). I had already done this beautiful portion of the trip in 2004.

 

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(Black vertical lines in the map are distant by 9.5 km.)

 

In Aksu valley.

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First food delivery. The delivery was made by Nuredin, from Uzgarish village, the same horseman with whom I had travelled in 2004!

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Peak Aksu (5355m).

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Peak Iskander (5120m) as seen while ascending Aktubek pass.

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During the ascension of Aktubek pass.

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Glacier near reaching Aktubek pass.

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Slava on Aktubek pass (4383 m)

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Eastward view from Aktubek pass, with peak Pyramidal (5509m) in the background.

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In the valley of Rtachashma river.

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View while ascending Kosh-Maynok pass (1.8.2), with Aktubek pass visible on the right of the snowy peak in the background.

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Slava reaching Karasu pass (1.8.4, 3700m).

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