Toward Abdukagor Pass
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After our interrupted attempt to cross the Fedchenko Glacier from the East, we quickly (in only 2 days) drove to Poimazar village at the very end of the Vanch valley (a place that I had already visited in 2009). Our goal was to reach the Fedchenko glacier through Abdukagor pass (5054m), at the top of the Abdukador glacier. Unfortunately, by lack of time and because the Abdukagor glacier was much more broken than expected, we ended our ascent slightly below the pass, again without reaching the Fedchenko glacier. Nevertheless, the ascent was worth doing, thanks to the magnificent sceneries around the Abdukagor glacier.
Vanch valley near Poimazar
A truck drove us to the last bridge across the Vanch river, near the RGS glacier
The lower end of the RGS glacier
Ponds near the bridge over the Vanch river
The upper Vanch valley (view toward the north)
Crossing the relatively small Bear (not sure about the name) glacier. First, Victor. Next, me, Maxim, and Alexei.
Other views toward the north. The highest peak in the background is Mt. Garmo (6602m).
For a while the trail was an alternation or rocky and grassy terrain
An abandoned quartz mine along the way
Looking south before turning left toward Abdukagor glacier
The lower end of Abdukagor glacier
Along the glacier. The first picture (with Victor and Alexei) was taken during our descent.
One of our camps on a small patch of grass
Alexei, Maxim and Victor enjoying their dinner
Peaks along the Abdukagor glacier
Some interesting grenat-colored rock along the way
Reaching the higher portion of the glacier
By far my favorite climbing position
Eating pure fat may sound disgusting to many, but it gives much needed energy
More views of the upper part of the glacier
Higher on the glacier we occasionally used ropes
Our camp below Abdukagor pass
Evening view from the camp
More climbing (above our camp)
Final view before starting our descent back to Poimazor