Kyrgyzstan (Summer 2008): Visokiy Alay and Western Kokshaal-Too
In the summer of 2008, I
did two treks in
Visokiy Alay (red-box area in
the map below) is part of the long Pamiro Alay range.
It is located in a complex political area, between
The Western Kokshaal-Too is a mountain range (red-box area in the map below) south of Lake Issyk-Kul, on the boundary with China (Xinjiang). Its access is rather difficult. We eventually reached it from Naryn. I heard that Kyrgyzstan has recently transferred a small portion of its territory to China. So, the border with China may have changed.
On this trip I was
accompanied by two great Russian/Uzbek guides, Maxim, with whom I already
visited the Kichi Alay region of the Pamiro
Alay range in 2004, and Vyacheslav, who had been twice before into the Visokiy Alay. The logistics for this trip (transportation,
permits) was arranged by Boris
Karpov, who knows well the mountains of
From right to left: Maxim, Vyacheslav, and me.
To see photos of these two treks, click on the following links:
A few of the many flowers in the Kyrgyz mountains.