Going over three passes – tears of a leopard, the road to gold and tundra. Tien Shan. 2018.

Honestly, there were more passes, but the rest, despite a decent height, were kind of inexpressive, anonymous, like a cross on a map. In the first three were, almost one after another, almost like steps of a staircase to the sky – Sarymoynok (3126 m), Barskaun (3754 m) and, slightly further, the Suek pass (4021 m). Continue reading “Going over three passes – tears of a leopard, the road to gold and tundra. Tien Shan. 2018.”

Three years of waiting for the promised … Tien-Shan, 2018.

Three years of waiting for the promised… After returning from the first trip through the mountains of Tien Shan, I decided to come here again at the first opportunity, having issued a pass to the border zone. However, at next year was Mongolia, one year later – the Far East, and Kyrgyzstan was postponed and postponed. Continue reading “Three years of waiting for the promised … Tien-Shan, 2018.”

How did I come to this life … Looking back into 1997.

In early 1997, we had gotten a car on which we could drive almost anywhere – MMC Pajero 1997 Model, 3.0L GL. It could had been used for a big group of people for a Sunday picnic – nine seats, including a driver, made it easy to do so, as well as could allow to travel off autonomously for several days, taking a tent, a bunch of different things and foods – an unusually large interior size contained everything that only our soul desired. Continue reading “How did I come to this life … Looking back into 1997.”

3822 meters of road climbing. Tien Shan. 2015.

The Terskei-Alatau ridge, lying to the south of Issyk-Kul lake, is cut by three roads. In the western part of the ridge is the road to Charyn and further, past the lake Chatyr-Kul, to China, Kashgar. In the central part, a few meters from the shore, the road begins along the Barskaun River, to the Kumtor gold mine. Finally, the third road, in the eastern part of the ridge, leads to the village Inylchek. Continue reading “3822 meters of road climbing. Tien Shan. 2015.”