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Hiking the Tian Shan Mountain Range

This picture blog takes you on a two-day trek to 3000 meters above sea level, through pristine forest, across rivers to hot spring in a picturous valley overlooked by an icy glacier.

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The World’s highest mountains outside the Himalayas are found in Central Asia. In particular the ranges of Tian Shan, The Pamirs and The Hindu Kush, all including multiple peaks above 7000 meters. The Tian Shan is placed on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and China.
In the second largest alpine lake, Issyk-Köl is placed at the range’s foot in eastern Kyrgystan making the area perfect for hikes and treks (multi-day hikes). I did a two day trek from the city of Karakol to Altyn Arashan at 3000 meters – opting out of going a further nine hours to the glacier at Peak Palatka (4260m), as there will be higher peaks to come.
These are some of the pictures, the rest are found here.

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The village of Ak-Suu, the treks starting point.

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Beginning the trek

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The Arashan River and one of the many natural springs running into it.

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Russian bikers (who gave up half way).

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Half-way picture

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Local herders and their flocks where plentiful.

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Local herder’s summer residence.

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Peak Palatka (4260m).

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Arashan Valley where I spent the night.

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Arashan Valley.

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Migration birds.

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Morning shower.

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Peak Palatka nine hours (round-trip) away.

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Karakol valley during the return hike.

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Locals who wanted at picture when I returned.

Posted by askgudmundsen 07.05.2013 08:53 Archived in Kyrgyzstan Tagged trek hike tain_shan aryshan

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Awesome Ask, keep at it!

07.05.2013 by Matt Lyon

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