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

Leg 5: From Djaupaya valley to Shirovsky glacier (July 22-25)

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We hiked up the Djaupaya valley until we reached a group of koshes. Then we turned east to ascend Verhniy-Djaupayskiy pass (marked 1.7.3 on the map below). From the pass we descended into the valley of the Tamingen river, followed down this river, and then switched to Minteke river. We hiked up Minteke river and next Minteke glacier. We crossed Minteke Yyniy (South) pass (marked 1.5.5 on the map below, 4180m) before descending toward the large Shirovsky glacier. We were then on a section of the Turkestan range that I had visited in 2005.

 

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

 

Djaupaya valley.

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View while ascending Verhniy-Djaupayskiy pass. Peaks Pyramidal, 4810, Kyrkchilta, and Kotina are still visible.

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Slava approaching Verhniy-Djaupayskiy pass.

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Peaks visible from Verhniy-Djaupayskiy pass.

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Descent into the Tamingen valley from Verhniy-Djaupayskiy pass.

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Near the junction of the Tamingen valley and Minteke valley. The third valley in the background is Djiptyk valley, which descends from Shirovsky glacier.

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Lower part of Minteke valley.

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Herd of yaks in the upper part of Minteke valley.

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Upper part of Minteke valley before reaching Minteke glacier, and our camp below the moraine.

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On Minteke glacier.

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Reaching Minteke Yyniy pass (4180m).

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Descent into Djiptyk valley from Minteke pass.

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Above Djiptyk valley, with Shirovsky glacier in its upper part.

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Our camp in a ′pocket′ on the side of Shirovsky glacier.

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Sunrise over the peaks above Shirovsky glacier.

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